Forest Meadow

Landscape exhibit designed as a concentration for The North Carolina Arboretum tree collection with special emphasis on autumn foliage color. This collection offers an opportunity to explore sylvan botanical diversity and companion understory (tree/shrub) and herbaceous groundcover plantings. The exhibit, by its location along a graceful ridge, exists as a visual reference and bridge for exploration into adjacent garden zones including a collection of rhododendron. The exhibit is built in an upland forest zone along approximately a 755 foot linear area beginning at the bottom of steps at Blue Ridge Court to base of a distant knoll referred to as ‘Mountaintop Island’. In the center of the new tree plantings is a meadow of native grasses and forbe species. A central mown pathway allows access through the meadow.