Stafford Garden

Stafford Garden

Three different types of natural Iowa landscapes, lowland, mesic and upland, are organized in this garden. Featured are both dry and wetlands and shady or sunny growing plant beds. A loop path connects these landscapes featuring different plant palettes adapted to these varying garden environments. A beautiful, wooden boardwalk invites visitors to enter over a wetland supporting enormous American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) trees into a seating area near a limestone, water feature. This locale is a bog garden that flows through the mesic area. The pathway brings visitors high into a series of rock outcrops which is also the southernmost point of the Gardens.