The Native Plant Collection contains a number of smaller collections and gardens which are of particular horticultural and aesthetic interest.

Azalea flowers.
The Nancy Moss Fine Native Azalea Garden

In July of 2018 the North American Native Deciduous Azalea Collection became a Nationally Accredited Plant Collection. Awarded by the Plant Collections Network, a program of the American Public Gardens Association as "the standard of excellence in plant collections management demonstrating an enduring commitment towards global efforts to save plants."

Established in 1978 in memory of Nancy Moss Fine '51. Fifteen species and three natural hybrid azaleas native from Florida to Maine are featured here. At least one species can be found in bloom from late April through mid-August. This special garden is located to the right (north) of the main entrance and Laurel Walk. Learn more about the garden. 

Native Azalea Garden photo album
The Lincoln and Lillian Dauby Gries Conifer Collection
The Lincoln and Lillian Dauby Gries Conifer Collection

Established in 1988 in memory of Lillian Dauby Gries '27. This 3-acre garden area contains conifers (firs, spruces, hemlocks, junipers, pines, etc.) and a variety of native shrubs as companion plantings. This collection is located on the east side of the pond.

Close-up of the Wildflower Garden.
The Edgerton and Stengel Wildflower Garden

This woodland wildflower garden is located on a west-facing slope south of the Laurel Walk. Most plants bloom in spring before the trees leaf out; many species of ferns are conspicuous all summer. A three-year renovation project culminated in the planting of nearly 1,000 wildflowers in the spring of 1996. The garden includes trillium (Trillium spp.), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), turtlehead (Chelone spp.) and many other species of interest.

Wildflower Garden photo album