Wetland Gardens are centered around water flow, whether its a seasonal stream or large pond, and are largely activated after strong rains in the Spring. As in a natural ecosystem, water-loving plants will gravitate to the pond edges and wetter bottoms. Plants that cannot stay wet will move up to a drier bank. Masses of native flowering perennials flow between shrubs and trees, covering the ground, anchoring the soil and preventing erosion. Accent plant groups, such as Cardinal Flowers, and Lilies, punctuate the garden. 

The top three images were taken in Summer, and the bottom three were taken in late Fall.
Pollinators buzzing around Swamp Milkweed, native plant and food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies
Pollinators buzzing around Swamp Milkweed, native plant and food source for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies
Pickerel Weed, aquatic plant native to the Northeast
Pickerel Weed, aquatic plant native to the Northeast
Profuse, fragrant blooms of Meadowsweet, native wetland plant that towers over the garden
Profuse, fragrant blooms of Meadowsweet, native wetland plant that towers over the garden
Where water filtered through the wetland garden meets the pond. In the distance, a wooden bridge that crosses over the garden
Where water filtered through the wetland garden meets the pond. In the distance, a wooden bridge that crosses over the garden
Winterberry provides food sources for birds and small mammals through the winter
Winterberry provides food sources for birds and small mammals through the winter
Seed heads and fall colors at a glance
Seed heads and fall colors at a glance
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