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Dogwood Trail/Fern Glade

  • Arum italicum (Italian arum) - adds color and diversity to the garden with attractively marked leaves, which may be arrow-  or spear-shaped and are veined with mid-green to white;iIn early summer, white spathes of flowers are followed by spikes of bright orange red berries 
  • Helleborus foetidus (Bear’s Claw) - carefree perennial noted for its bell-shaped, pale green flowers
  • Aspidistra elatior (Cast Iron Plant) - hardy evergreen perennial, also variegated with cream colored stripes
  • Acuba japonica ‘Gold Dust’- rounded, shade-loving, evergreen shrub with gold speckled foliage
  • Platanus occidentalis (Sycamore) - large (60 to 80 feet) deciduous tree that in winter months reveals smooth whitish bark, which peels off in large patches; a southeast native
Four Seasons Garden
  • Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku’ (Coral Bark Japanese Maple) - upright, slow-growing, vase-shaped tree growing 20-25’ tall; sometimes called coral bark maple in reference to its distinctive and showy pink bark which provides excellent color and contrast to landscapes in winter
  • Magnolia x soulangiana ‘Alexandrina’ - It is the most commonly grown deciduous Magnolia, multi-trunked with pale, smooth bark


  • Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) - leaves of red, orange, bronze, and pink fall and winter; summer flowers produce berries that turn a brilliant orange-red and delight the birds; branches may be cut for floral arrangements any time of the year and will last several days
  • Sedum x 'Autumn Joy'- reliable perennial offering beauty through all seasons; seed heads bring striking winter interest
  • Ilex vomitoria (Yaupon Holly) - small leaf holly and one of the few trees with its bright scarlet red berries still present; a southeast native
  • Acer palamatum ‘Beni kawa’ (Japanese Maple) - small, deciduous tree most noted for the coral red trunk and stems; a standout in the stark winter months

Children's Garden

  • Ilex decidua (Possumhaw) ‘Finch’s Gold’ - deciduous holly with bare branches covered in yellow berries that provide food for birds in winter
  • Hamamelis vernalis (Witch Hazel) - shrub with very showy fall foliage followed by small, reddish-brown flowers with a spicy fragrance;  southeast native
The Lewis Birding Trail
Not only a great place for viewing our “flying flowers,” this trail provides a wonderful example of plantings that support the bird population at the Garden.

Garden of the Month: Dogwood Trail
The Dogwood trail is a great place to take a short “hike” in the winter. While serving as a wonderful natural habitat for numerous flowering dogwood trees, the forest also is home to many native Alabama species that have significant historical, economic, cultural or aesthetic value to our state.


    Ilex decidua ‘Finch’s Gold’
    (Possumhaw Holly)


    Look for this logo to locate these plants in the Garden.