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Explore the plants of the Preserve without leaving home

photo by Kari Heistad

The Preserve is excited to announce the rollout of Garden Explorer, an online portal to the plant database records of our gardens and lands. We should warn curious plant-lovers, many hours can be consumed tracking down and learning more about your favorite annual and perennials! The border garden plants for the 2022 season at Thuya Garden and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden are on the database right now, as well as a portion of the Asticou Azalea Garden plant collection. Many of the woodland garden plants at Thuya Garden are also available. Record keeping is an ongoing process. Our staff will continue to add more plants to the database and adjust the plant collections as they change. Access to the database is at and is linked from any of the garden pages on our website. You can navigate this portal in a variety of ways. Click on “Map” at the top of the page and zoom into a garden to peruse the plants. In the “Search” function, select the “Location” drop down box and choose a planting bed to explore. This will pull up a list of plants found in that bed location. Do you want to know where all the dahlias are at the Preserve? Type “dahlia” in the “Common name” box and hit search. This will show you the 54 current locations of dahlias in the gardens. To take an even deeper dive, click on one of the dahlia names in the list to see a photo of the plant and its exact locations at the Preserve.

By Cassie Banning, Director of Farm & Gardens

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