The Gardens at Birdsacre - A Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteer Project

Woodland Gardens Environments

Stroll along the boardwalk and learn about the diverse environments that are part of Birdsacre.

Blackberries Glades
Remnants of the open meadow environment known to Cordelia Stanwood when she began her bird studies are found in the glades. Native plants like New England aster, goldenrod, rudebeckia, and blackberry are common. Master Gardener Volunteers are removing Autumn Olive, a non-native, invasive shrub from this area.
Bunchberry Ledge 
Native blueberries, bunchberries, bracken fern, and wild sarsaparilla are common. A variety of lichens and mosses also carpet the ground.
Spruce Spruce-Pine Forest
Spruce and pine are the predominant trees along this section. The natural succession of the forest is for conifers to replace the shorter lived, shade intolerant hardwood species like aspen and birch.
Sphagnum moss Sphagnum Bog
The cycle of death, decay, and rebirth allows nature to constantly alter and change the garden. Throughout the bog area you will find stands of jack-in-the-pulpit, violets, and buttercups.
Rugosa rose Beyond the Boardwalk…the Cottage Garden:
In 2005 work began on the cottage plantings at the house to return the garden to what it may have looked like in Cordelia Stanwood’s day.

bunchberries, sphagnum, rose: Northeastern Wildflower Field Guide-Brandeis University