The extraordinary diversity of the Native Flora Garden’s new expansion is already attracting wildlife to its unique habitats. A Virginia rail, a secretive bird of freshwater marshes, was recently spotted in the expansion construction site. Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer photographed the bird hiding among empty pots in the garden. Rails are rarely seen because they live among dense cattails and other vegetation in their native marsh habitat and often fly by dark of night. This bird was most likely en route to its summer breeding ground when it made a pit stop at BBG.
The Native Flora Garden expansion opens to the public on June 12, 2013. In the meantime, a beautiful exhibition in the Steinhardt Conservatory, Locally Sourced: Rare Plants, Rare Places, celebrates this garden’s creation with photographs of lovely and rare native plants taken by Uli Lorimer on his numerous expeditions in the field.