This time of year in Westchester is the peak blooming season for a wide variety of native wildflowers and you can see many of them this weekend at the Native Plant Center located a short drive off I-287 at the Westchester Community College campus in Valhalla.
The demonstration gardens at the Native Plant Center will offer free guided tours from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.
One of the gardens, called The Lady Bird Johnson demonstration garden, features a wildflower meadow where you can see native black-eyed Susan, Joe Pye-weed, purple coneflower, swamp milkweed, common milkweed, wild bergamot, and culver’s root.
The garden also showcases berry-producing trees and shrubs that provide food and shelter for birds including several kinds of viburnum, both highbush blueberry and lowbush blueberry, and azaleas.
In addition to the Lady Bird Johnson gardens, there is a separate rain garden, with a wide streambed lined with gravel and river stones. A butterfly and hummingbird garden. A plant list is available online here.
The gardens are open to the public free of charge daily until dusk. For more information:
The Native Plant Center
at Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Photos courtesy Native Plant Center.