Serving as the western border of the Central Corridor Garden is a wonderful example of an upland forest rim ecosystem. Through this wooded area is the Dogwood Trail, a meandering path transversing the natural forest. 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. The Alabama Native Tree Project was sponsored by the local Mountain Lakes Chapter of the Society of American Foresters.
In addition to various species of dogwood, the Dogwood Trail boasts a variety of shade-loving plants, such as azaleas, hellebores, hostas and camellias.
Just to the east of the southern terminus of the Dogwood Trail stands the majestic one hundred plus year-old dogwood tree which was transplanted to the Garden in May 1995. Each year since then, the tree has wowed visitors as its snowy white presence becomes the embodiment of spring in the Garden. Unfortunately, the tree has become damaged by many factors and seems to be succumbing to the effects of age and weather conditions. The damaged part of the tree is being removed, with the hope that we can enjoy what remains of this magnificent tree until time catches up with it as well.