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Clark Botanic Garden


Clark Botanic Garden boasts a pollinator garden, rain garden, and lower pond planting all containing various native plants that provide nectar and pollen for pollinators. As part of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, the pollinator garden was certified as a Monarch Waystation, which means it has the essential resources needed for monarch butterflies like host plants, nectar sources, water and a place to rest. The rain garden was built in 2016 and absorbs stormwater from the Main House roof as well as the pathway. In 2019, the Town received funding from the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District to plant native plants to help prevent flooding and erosion in the lower pond area. The Town used plants that can tolerate wet conditions and keep the soil in place, while also providing food and habitat for wildlife.

Click the links below to learn about each native plant.

False indigo (Baptisia australis)

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

NY Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)

Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata)

Blazing star (Liatris spicata)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginianum)

Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)

Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa)

Scarlet bee balm (Monarda didyma)

Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)

Threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata 'zagreb')

Anise hyssop (Agastache 'blue fortune')

Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)

Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

Red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)

Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

Turtle head (Chelone glabra)

Turtle head (Chelone glabra 'hot lips')

River birch (Betula nigra)

Button bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Silky dogwood (Cornus amomum)

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) 

Maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum)

Cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)