The Bower features an extensive and constantly evolving native meadow over the six acres of open ground on the property.
The meadow is a former hay field that has transitioned to a native meadow over more than 20 years. As the field was allowed to grow and only mowed on an annual basis, native plants began to take over from the hay field non-native grasses. The meadow is managed with late winter mowing or burning and seeding in additional forbs and grasses to enhance the diversity of native species and extend the flowering season for pollinators. In the upper meadow area, a lavender bordered allée leads up to a copse of trees where a stumpery is planted with ferns and shade tolerant natives. A variety of native trees reside within the meadow, intentionally planted or self-planted as the forest encroached.
Little bluestem grass (schizachyrium scoparium)
Redtop grass (agrostis gigantea)
Butterfly milkweed (asclepias tuberosa)
Partridge pea (chamaecrita fasciculata)
Boneset (eupatorium perfoliatum)
Black eyed susan (rudbekia)
Wild bergamot (monarda fistulosa)
Goldenrod (solidago juncea)
Coreopsis (coreopsis lancelota)
Goldenwort (packera aurea)
Blazing star (liatris spicata)
Smooth blue aster (symphotrichum laeve)
bower (noun) 1. a pleasant shady place; 2. a retreat or sanctuary
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