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

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