Shade Garden

Donated by Gerrie Shapiro

About: The purpose of the Shade Garden is to showcase and preserve native plants from the eastern deciduous forest biome of which the Irvington Woods is a part. The eastern deciduous forest biome stretches from Canada down to Georgia. This stretch of land is the world’s richest temperate woodland ecosystem that boasts a diverse array of plants that thrive in the shade beneath the tree canopy, consisting of wildflowers such as: bloodroot (sanguinariacanadensis), Jack-in-the-Pulpit (arisaematriphyllum), ferns, sedges, and small shrubs. Many of these plants are easy to grow and will thrive in a shady location in our urban and suburban landscapes.

Objective: Soil stabilization, native shade-tolerant plants, soil, and organic management.

Curriculum Content: Botany, entomology, ecology, life cycles, reproductive cycles, bird habitats, butterfly migration, organic management, horticulture, arts and crafts, trough-making.

The Suburban Landscape: Landscaping for under trees and other shady areas; use of natural fertilizers (leaves, plant material); and creating and preserving shaded areas with native plants.

For a full overview of the plants in the Shade Garden, please click here: Shade_Garden.pdf

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