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Bedford Garden Club restores Native Wildflower Garden in Westchester County


January 17, 2024

Longstanding Relationship with County Park inspires Garden Restoration

The Bedford Garden Club (BGC) is “going wild” restoring the 68-year-old Native Wildflower Garden located in the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Westchester County, New York. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is a Biodiversity Reserve Area with many miles of trails, active research projects, and award-winning educational programs that hosts close to 100,000 visitors each year. The Native Wildflower Garden is sited at the Trailside Nature Museum, founded in 1937 and one of the nation’s oldest museums of its kind. The museum hosts thousands of school children each year for a variety of education programs including stream study, Native American culture, and maple sugaring. Family nature programs are scheduled for the public most every weekend. BGC has been supporting the Trailside Museum and adjacent Nature Trails for 86 years.

The Native Wildflower Garden is being redesigned and restored using the current knowledge and best practices of native plant gardening, protection of insect habitats, and woodland management. The BGC’s renovation plans include planting native plants and shrubs for long-season interest and wildlife habitat. Additional entrances and exits to the garden as well as paths will be remodeled. New viewing areas for the garden and stream will be custom-designed to include child-size tables and chairs. The BGC steering committee is committed to developing a native-plant curriculum for the several thousand school children who visit each year. Planting seeds in the young fertile minds of each new generation that will grow into an enduring love of native flowers, birds, trees, and shrubs has been a cornerstone of BGC’s mission.



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