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Site Information

  • Seasons: Spring, Fall
  • Site Contact: (757) 442-9071 bcostis@esva.net
  • Site Access: Free, Daily
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Site CES09: Maplewood Gardens

Description

This commercial garden center and sheep farm has a butterfly garden that attracts a variety of local species such as American painted lady, common sootywing, variegated fritillary, eastern-tailed blue, and little wood satyr. The best part of this site is the extensive riparian woodland and pine/hardwood forest that abuts the edge of the property. These areas provide habitat for pileated woodpecker and ovenbird, with grassy fields on the margin hosting birds such as field sparrow, and northern bobwhite. Maplewood Gardens also provides a list of plants conducive to wildlife, with emphasis on butterfly gardens, seaside wildlife gardens, and native plant gardens. Private gardens on the estate are also open. Interpreted walks and a variety beautiful trails through the woods make this an excellent place to stop, particularly during spring migration. Restroom facilities and cold drinks are also available.

Directions

From Brownsville Seaside Farm, return to the intersection of Rt. 608/Brownsville Road and Rt. 600/Seaside Road. Turn right and travel 2.0 miles to Maplewood Gardens on the left.

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