Longwood Gardens opened the new Meadow Garden this year and it is putting on quite a show for fall! Planted both naturally and with the help of Longwood’s staff and volunteers, this meadow garden is a native garden at its very best.
Entering the garden, stroll over a footbridge spanning two ponds alive with turtles and frogs. The meadow lies before you on rolling hills. Birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and pollinators are in wonderland here. A rustic path, reminiscent of a worn farm wagon trail, winds through this lush meadow.
Native plants and wildflowers’ blooms attract wildlife and create a picturesque tableau against a clear blue autumn sky. Following the path, you encounter the cool shade of beechwoods by a trickling creek.
Gentle cutbacks in the trail lead up the hill to the Webb Farmhouse, a restored 300-year-old stone home. Now serving as an art gallery and educational center for the Meadow Garden, from the outside it is a step back in time.
Come along with me on the wagon trail through the meadow. It was a wonderful nature walk that I will look forward to taking every season of the year.
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