The Trillium Arboretum

Today we visited Carolyn Summers on her property near the Neversink Reservoir. Carolyn has turned what was originally a dairy farm into an extensive arboretum for native plants. She showed us a thousand fascinating things in a tour that ranged a meadow of milkweed and monarchs to a threatened hemlock forest (her hemlocks have just recently been exposed to the wooly agelid, an insect pest that has been decimating hemlock stands since the 1950s).

A few highlights included three ten-year-old American chestnuts not yet affected by the chestnut blight (the most I’ve seen in one place, I believe!) and some gorgeous native orchids that she recently discovered growing in a former cattle pasture behind her home. We also got some great audio from Carolyn about why encouraging native planting is such an important ecological principle, whether it’s across large areas or just in a single gardener’s backyard.

Walking through a converted pasture.

Carolyn inspects one of her American chestnuts for blossoms.

Bees on a lovely native plant of which I forget the name! Anyone remember?

Ground cover in the hemlock forest.

Carolyn points out a black willow oak, one of the alternative species she's trying to bring in to replace the hemlocks as they die off.

A small white fringed orchid in the meadow behind the house.

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2 Responses to The Trillium Arboretum

  1. Miz B says:

    Hi Ellie and Dan,
    Congratulations, and the blog is great! You are doing a great job narrating the development your project, and the photos are fantastic as well!

  2. Dory Irons says:

    Hi Guys,
    I am really enjoying your blog and am trying to remain un envious. It looks so beautiful and what you are doing is so interesting. I just wrote you a long email, but I think my emails are refusing to be sent again.
    Lovies, MOM I.

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