The Lawn

One of the few areas of lawn in the landscape, this area welcomes visitors through the arched stone wall entrance and provides a space for gathering and events.

About the Lawn Area

The Lawn is surrounded by planted native gardens, meadow, shrubland and residential native gardens. A variety of micro-climates exist along the long stone wall, under and around trees, in a small rain garden, and within the areas of planted trees and shrubs. These provide special niches for plants that would not be suited to the open meadow.

About the Flora

Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Canaan Fir (Abies balsamea)

Native black cherry (Prunus serotina)

Red oak (Quercus rubra)

Black oak (Quercus velutina)

Western Red Cedar

Old Apple Tree

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canandensis)

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

American Hawthorn (Crataegus mollis)

Paw Paw (Asimina triloba)

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)

Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)

Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Hairy Alumroot (Heurchera villosa "Bronze Wave" and "Autumn Bride")

Amsonia (Amsonia hubrichtii and "Blue Ice")

Wild Bergamot "Claire Grace" (Mondarda fistulosa)

Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa)

Fragrant Aster (Aster oblongifolius "October Skies" and "Raydons Favorite")

Blackeyed Susan (Rudbekia fulgida)

Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Pink Turtlehead (Aster macrophyllus)

Whorled Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Golden Ragwort or Groundsel (Packera aurea)

Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Tawny Ironweed (Vernonia glauca)

Prairie or Northern Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis)

Little Bluestem (Schyzachyrium scoparium)

Blue Gramma Grass (Bouteloua gracilis)

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