Native Plant Collection
Along the half mile Willow Plant trail we have created a collection of woody plants, all native to New York state. The plants are grouped by families so that related species can be easily compared. Some plants with specialized needs are also planted in their favorite environment. We have a dry open location, an under-story location and a place set aside for wetland plants. Altogether we have most of New York’s native woody plants. We have recently added a fern area where we represent ferns native to the region.
We have also created a bog garden with most of plants of a northern peat bog. This garden is located at the beginning of the woodland trail and includes both woody and herbaceous plants nestled in a bed of sphagnum moss floating on a raft. Many native plants are labeled along the woodland trail. The Arboretum is developing a comprehensive native flora interpretive signage program including QR codes linked to audio descriptions that will greatly add to the enjoyment and understanding of these areas.
The Native Plant Trail has already been marked with QR codes; walkers can use their smart phones to listen to these audio clips for a guided tour! If you would like to hear the QR embedded audio featuring Native Plant Trail Curator Ed Miller describing the different aspects of the Trail, click here.
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