The Native Plant Center, Lady Bird Johnson, Stone Cottage, and Rain Garden Demonstration Gardens
These demonstration gardens feature plants native to the northeastern United States. Lady Bird Johnson Demonstration Garden: Located near the College’s East Grasslands entrance. Established in 1998 and dedicated in 1999 with a ceremony attended by Mrs. Johnson and her daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson. Expanded and rededicated in 2012. Featured gardens: Native wildflower meadow planted in 1998 and berry-producing native shrubs and trees beneficial to birds, planted in 2012. Stone Cottage Garden: Behind the headquarters of The Native Plant Center. Installation began in 2002; dedicated in 2005. This garden is divided into four themes that display ways native plants can be utilized: to attract hummingbirds and butterflies; low groundcovers and lawn substitutes; foundation plantings; fall and winter interest. Rain Garden: Also located behind the headquarters of The Native Plant Center. Established 2008. The central element is a gravel/stone bed that carries stormwater runoff from the roof and downspouts of the cottage. The native plants in this garden can tolerate extreme fluctuations in moisture.
Hours: Special Garden Conservancy Open Day, guided tours, Sunday, July 28, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; otherwise year round, daily, dawn to dusk.
Directions: From northern Westchester, take Taconic State Parkway south to Sprain Brook Parkway, to Eastview exit. Turn left onto Route 100. Enter Westchester Community College at East Grasslands Gate and bear right at fork. Follow to parking lot 1 on right. Path through woods on far right of lot leads to garden.
From southern Westchester, take Sprain Brook Parkway to Eastview Exit. Turn right onto Route 100. Proceed as directed above.
From I-287, take Exit 4/Route 100A and go north 0.5 mile to entrance to Westchester Community College on right. At end of entrance road, turn right and follow to parking lot 1. Proceed as directed above.