There are a number of great sights to see outdoors! So, get out there and experience nature!
The Meadow is a wildlife habitat along the side of the Hall of Sciences that was established in the Summer of 2013. Mowing is reduced to once a year in order to support tree health. What does this mean? Trees are stressed from compact soil. By reducing mowing, soil has a chance to become aerated and tree roots can get more oxygen. More oxygen to tree roots means healthier trees. Soil is further aerated and loosened by planting wildflowers and native grasses that have deep root systems. The wildflowers planted are listed below.
Classes from multiple departments frequent the meadow as a teaching tool for students.
Thank you to the volunteers that helped plant wildflowers in the meadow!
Connect with nature by walking through the designated footpaths in the meadow. Watch the meadow progress into a diverse floral display with beautiful grasses and healthier trees. Enjoy!
Wildflowers Planted in the Mead Meadow
Click on the scientific name for an image and more information. All plants are native.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Asclepias tuberosa||Butterfly Milkweed|
|Aster novi-belgii||NY Aster|
|Coreopsis Lanceolata||Lanceleaf Coreopsis|
|Echinacea purpurea||Purple Coneflower|
|Heliopsis Helianthoides||Oxeye Sunflower|
|Lobelia siphilitica||Great Blue Lobelia|
|Monarda fistulosa||Wild Bergamont|
|Penstemon digitalis||Foxglove Beardtongue|
|Rudbeckia fulgida||Orange Coneflower|
|Rudbeckia hirta||Black-eyed Susan|
|Verbena hastata||Blue Vervain|
|Mertensia virginica||Virginia Bluebells|
|Dicentra eximia||Wild bleeding heart|
|Agastache foeniculum||Giant Hyssop|
|Eupatorium maculatum||Joe Pye|
|Lobelia cardinalis||Cardinal flower|
|Solidago juncea||Early Goldenrod|
|Dennstaedtia punctilobula||Hayscented fern|
|Geranium maculatum||Woodland Geranium|
|Tiarella cordifolia||Foam Flower|
|Pycnanthemum species||Mountain mint|
According to the EPA, “operating a typical gasoline-powered lawn mower for one hour produces the same amount of smog-forming hydrocarbons as driving an average car almost 200 miles under typical driving conditions.”
Wall Street Journal article on the rise of meadows versus lawns.