George Street Park


George St. Park is in an uncut street right-of-way.  It has a small but fairly bio-diverse wetland and is the home of Oxford's arboretum. People will find the bat boxes, and,of course, the Pollinator Garden, as well as a pleasant gazebo in 
which to sit. 



Oxford’s Pollinator Garden at George St. Park

Oxford’s first pollinator garden, located in the city right-of-way near the college, between Wesley St. and Asbury St., is planted with regionally-native, flowering pollinator plants.  All the plants are perennial, coming back year after year, providing nectar and habitat for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, etc.

The garden will take another year or so to mature, and a few plants still must be installed.  However, the blooms so far this year have been fantastic!  We’ve seen various pollinators busy in the garden, including honey bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.  We also have seen goldfinches snacking on the seeds of the early spring blooms, now gone to seed.

We hope you will stop by and see, if you are out for a walk in the area.


Oxford's Right-of-Way Meadow Experiment  




Bats in Oxford

You may have noticed the boxes mounted on tall poles in the George St. Park, between Clark St. and Oxford College.  These are bat houses.  Georgia bats are endangered and the city of Oxford is trying to help.  Usually bats like to roost under the loose bark of dead trees.   In a modern landscape, humans have removed much of the natural habitat of these beneficial mammals. 

In addition, bats are voracious insect eaters.  A single bat is can eat up to 8000 mosquitoes in one night!  So, bats living in George St. Park help make outdoor life throughout Oxford more pleasant.  They are an important player in the food chain; without them, there would be far more insects, including ones that damage crops and carry disease.

To learn more about bats, visit

To build your own bat house, visit