And beds full of English ivy will be removed and replanted with mostly native West Virginia species -- mountain laurel, phlox and ferns.
One small bed near the One Davis Square entrance will be filled with a single variety of daffodil -- the Garden Club of America daffodil.
Phase III, scheduled for fall of 2013, encompasses the area around the gazebo toward Summers Street, with flowerbeds all around.
All this work costs plenty of money, far more than the garden club has on hand.
"Our budget is about $170,000. About $60,000 of that is in-kind contributions from the work the city is doing and Tim Forren's design services," Becker said.
"We are raising the rest, around $100,000. We have applied for grants. We are raising money. We're at least halfway there."
Besides the GKVF grant, BrickStreet Insurance and the Elliot Foundation each kicked in $5,000 and other applications are pending, she said.
On Wednesday, weather permitting, the club will hold an invitation-only fundraiser at the park. With 200 or more people attending, the club could clear more than $10,000, Becker said.
A handful of club members gathered at the park in the chill and drizzle Monday evening to pick up trash, clean benches, trim branches and otherwise clean up before the event.
"This can be a space for public functions and one reason for having [the fundraiser] here is to showcase its potential," Becker said.
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