This is a shallow area that collects rain water from a roof, yard or driveway and allows the water to filter into the ground. It’s not a pond – it only holds water for about six hours. Benefit – a rain garden reduces the amount of pollutants that enter nearby lakes and streams, helping to make them healthier places for animals and plants to live.
Four themed gardens make up the Herb Garden: Texture, Medicinal, Tutti Frutti and Pizza and Taco. Plants in each area encourage visitors to touch, smell, observe and even taste what’s growing. You might find some of these plants in your favorite pizza or taco recipe or even your medicine cabinet!
Woodland areas are home to a variety of wildlife and plants. They’re dominated by larger woody plants, mammals, insects and amphibians. Plants include pine trees, hinoki false cypress, arrowwood viburnum and drooping leucothoe.