Tree copses form an interesting feature of The Bower meadow, ringing the meadow itself.
The original farmers cleared forest to create a six acre hay field and had the formidable task of removing rocks in abundance from the cleared area. Rocks can be seen tumbled along the edge of the meadow and gathered into significant piles throughout the meadow itself. Trees self-planted into these stone piles creating the copses of trees dotting the meadow. Each has its own set of native trees within. We have altered two copses to enhance access. One has been covered with soil and native plants to create a “bower”. The southernmost copse at the highest point in the clearing will be accessible with a boulder walkway that provides an elevated view down and across The Bower meadow lands.
Dogwood (cornus florida)
Sassafras (sassafras albidum)
Cherry (prunus strobus)
Ferns, various native
Quaking Aspen (populus tremuloides)
Red Maple (acer rubrum)
Red oak (quercus rubra),
Spotted dead nettle, Lamium Maculateum
White oak (quercus alba)
Sweet birch (betula spp.)
Mulberry (morus spp)
bower (noun) 1. a pleasant shady place; 2. a retreat or sanctuary
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