Along Mahan Lane, just past the arbor into the forested trail area, visitors will notice our spectacular garden centerpiece for the area! The Woodland Garden encompasses a 2-acre area, with room to grow. When completed, this garden will be one of the largest native wildflower and fern gardens in the United States.
The majority of wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees will be native to Oldham, Jefferson, and Henry counties. Displayed separately from the native “natural” garden area will be a demonstration garden containing other plants and varieties that perform well and that may offer special interest to gardeners. It’s exciting to explore the beds and see what is coming up each day. On any given day, the visitor may count up to 70 species of ferns and over 80 species of wildflowers. There are shaded benches and picnic tables at which to rest and enjoy the scenic view.
Many changes will be coming each year. We have planted almost 3,200 plants, installed a small stream and a hoop-house (like a green house). Please be respectful of the garden area, keep your dogs on leash and pick-up after them.
Volunteers wanted! If you like to plant, weed, mulch, water, and be part of a great group of people, join volunteers from the Jefferson County and Oldham County Master Gardeners to learn a lot and have fun! Email Info@KYNaturepreserve.org or call the office at (502) 228-4362 for details.