by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Flagler Garden Horticulturist George Cowart has been fighting a battle. A battle of the voles. The truth is, I never met a gardener who didn’t hate voles. They are known for wreaking havoc in a garden, destroying an array of plant-life, but hostas in particular. Shortly after meeting my father-in-law for the first time, I remember the searing image of a death-trap he showed me that he used to control the vole population in his suburban yard in Burke, Va. He and the voles had something in common — they both loved hostas. Voles like to eat them, which precluded him from enjoying them his way — planted in his landscape.
Luckily, here at Lewis Ginter, horticulturist George came up with a far kinder and more humane solution: vole cages. No, it’s not what you are thinking. And in fact to avoid confusion, we stopped calling them “vole cages” and we stared calling them hosta cages. The goal: keep the hostas in, and keep the voles out! George and his volunteer helpers made an fleet of these cages using on winter on days it was too cold to work outside all day. We think he’s pretty crafty, so we’re sharing his step-by-step process so you can make your own at home. The vole cages are easy to make using 1/2-inch wire cloth. George has been installing them, one-by-one in the Flagler Garden landscape. And the hostas? They’re looking better than ever. Thanks George.
Want to know how to make your own hosta cages? Here’s what you’ll need and a step-by-step process.