Native Garden

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The Native Garden plant collection was established in 1992 partially through a grant from the Delaware “America the Beautiful” project. Ideal for observing birds, butterflies, and moths, this garden displays trees, shrubs and perennials indigenous to the Eastern United States. The plantings border a grassy lawn, formerly the site of the turf research area and a small golf course, and those along the road’s edge act as an important corridor to Ecology Woods (not currently open to the public). Notable areas of the garden include the Boreal Forest , which contains mostly coniferous and some deciduous trees such as sugar maple (Acer saccharum), paper birch (Betula papyrifera), and white spruce (Picea glauca). Visitors will enjoy walking beneath the canopy of trees in the hot summer months or eating ice cream on one of the benches or observation area meant to simulate a backyard environment within the Lepidoptera Trail in the Native Garden.

Lepidoptera Trail in the Native Garden

This interpretive trail provides food for butterflies, moths and skippers (collectively known as the Order Lepidoptera) during both the caterpillar and adult stages of their life cycle.

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