NYBG Native Plant Garden

Garden Tour - Exploring Natives at the New York Botanical Garden - landscape - Paintbox GardenIn the specially designed wetland, a pump recirculates rainwater, moving it through layers of gravel, sand and plant roots that filter and clean the water through this natural biofiltration system.

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Grasses are important in the native garden and are used more and more in planting designs. Grasses abound on rocky slopes, where they soften the hard contours of boulders.

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Noteworthy species on view along the meadow path include tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and wavy hair grass (Deschampsia flexuosa), both planted en masse along a grove of river birch (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’,

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These granite steps have been creatively integrated into an accessible path that runs near a rock outcropping, overlooking the wetland. The paths are made with Gravel-Lok, a sustainable material that allows rainwater to filter through without puddling.

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Watch here videos of this garden.

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