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Woodend Plant Life

Woodend Plant Life Gallery  |  Meadow Restoration |  Native Plant Garden  |  Notable Trees

Woodend's grounds offer a rich assortment of plants in its wooded, meadow, and waterside trails; its historic plantings of native and exotic trees; and the native plant garden and restored meadow growing with the ongoing care of volunteers. Come explore Woodend's living beauty the next time you visit us.


Blair Native Plant Garden
Funds for the garden were donated in memory of former ANS President William D. Blair, Jr. by his family.


What's Happening NOW in the Garden?

The Blair Native Plant Garden consists of native plants that can be seen readily in the wild in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, specifically in Maryland, Virginia, and the eastern West Virginia panhandle. Plants were chosen for their value to wildlife, their seasonal interest, and their ornamental features. Careful consideration was given to excluding plants known to be particularly palatable to deer as the sizable deer population here at Woodend has become a serious threat to plant diversity in the sanctuary.

The garden design incorporates the three physiographic regions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed: Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountain. Plants are located in regions where they may be found in the wild, though many of these species grow naturally in more than one zone.

The benefits of gardening with native plants are numerous and significant. Native plants are adapted to local soil and climate conditions and have evolved to develop mutually beneficial relationships with local wildlife. Carefully planned native plant gardens require less maintenance, use fewer resources, and offer appropriate food and shelter for wildlife. They create habitat for birds, small mammals, reptiles and insects including important pollinators.

Garden design by landscape designer Jane Collins with Thornton Burnet, co-owner of Concepts and Contours, Inc based in Arlington, VA.


Woodend Plant Life Photo GalleryWoodendPlantLifeSmall

ANS volunteers/members Janice and Allen Browne have created a lovely resource of Woodend plant life photos together with information about each plant. Click here to view the gallery and text.

Notable Trees at Woodend

Woodend has several official records in the Maryland Big Tree Program,
Department of Natural Resources Forestry Services

Black Walnut - Juglans nigra- (native) on north side, in hollow, overhanging road  Official Record  

Blue Atlas Cedar - Cedrus atlantica -(Maryland champion) on east side of north parking lot near shed  Official Record

English Oak - Quercus robur - east of hemlock grove  Official Record

Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum - near Teale Center parking lot, north of road   Official Record

Among the diverse flora of the woods and landscaped grounds are two striking groves of single native species:

  • the hemlock grove between the mansion and Jones Mill Road, planted around a formal terrace by former resident Marion Leigh Wells and now the site of many weddings; and
  • the tulip poplar grove south of the mansion.