This area is maintained to simulate a natural woodland in the Southeastern United States. Look down low for signs labeling many noteworthy species endemic to the area. Because a stream wanders through this area there is an abundance of Jewel Weed, a plant usually found near watery edges during southern summers. Jewel Weed was named for the fact that when you hold a leaf under water, the water beads up into silvery looking round shapes that look like "gems". It is also true that Jewel Weed is often found where Poison Ivy grows in abundance. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT POISON IVY GROWS IN THIS AREA. While Jewel Weed is technically a natural antidote to Poison Ivy in certain preparations, it is advised to simply stay away from the Poison Ivy. We have signs placed along the trails to help you identify it, but it's a good idea to stay in the center of the path so you don't brush against it.
Please enjoy the babbling brook that flows though the woodland, sit on the bridges and dangle your toes over the water. Wildflowers bloom in the spring, from late March through April along with the flowering Dogwoods. Red and Bottlebrush Buckeyes, native Hydrangeas, and Azaleas extend the colorful season through summer; and the changing foliage of the trees provide glorious color in the fall. Enjoy this special and less-structured space! It's a great first introduction to a forest environment for a city-dweller who has never visited a temperate deciduous southern forest.