. . . a landscape carved
by industry
and
renewed by nature

Mid-Summer Dreaming

Mid-Summer Dreaming

Bee balm, Wild bergamot—butterflies and bees love Monarda fistulosa by any name. The featured photo shows a male Eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, nectaring on its tiny flowers, flourishing now in the roadside savannah near the Visitor Center. (A female...

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Caterpillar Walk July 17!

Caterpillar Walk July 17!

They’re so “green,” even their blood is green! Caterpillars are welcome at The Quarry Gardens, where hundreds of native plants species offer a smorgasbord for hungry moth and butterfly larvae. Master Naturalist Courtney McLaughlin, who will lead a special walk on the...

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Trails around two quarry pools meander among prairie plantings, butterfly and pollinator gardens, wetlands, vernal pools, a fern gully, and a waterside talus—all afforded by the site’s extraordinary diversity of geology, elevation, and soil chemistry. This showcase of locally native plant communities is open for visits by appointment.