New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan

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The New Canaan Nature Center (40 acres or 16 hectares) is a botanical garden, arboretum and nature preserve located at 144 Oenoke Ridge, Route 124, about .25 miles (0.40 km) north of the center of New Canaan, Connecticut.

The nature center includes wet and dry meadows, two ponds, wet and dry woodlands, dense thickets, an old orchard, and a cattail marsh, as well as a 4,000-square-foot (370 m2) greenhouse. Landscaped areas of the site include a wildflower garden (which won the 1997 Homer Lucas Landscape Award from the New England Wild Flower Society), a herb garden and a perennial border. About 90% of the plant specimens in the wildflower garden are native species, including bloodroot, columbine, mayapple, jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, Solomon's plume, starflower, and trillium. Shade-loving perennials include bleeding heart, crested iris, Jacob's ladder, hepatica, European ginger and Virginia bluebells. Azaleas, rhododendrons and a stand of mountain laurel also feature.

The center also contains a small arboretum of Sciadopitys verticillata (Umbrella Pine), Chamaecyparis pisifera Squarrosa (Moss Sawara Cypress), Chamaecyparis pisifera Plumosa (Plume False Cyprus), Pinus densiflora ‘Umbraculifera’ (Japanese Umbrella Pine), Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’ (Purple Beech), Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ (European Weeping Beech), Cercis canandensis (Eastern Redbud), Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum-Pendula’, Pinus cembra (Swiss Stone Pine) and Picea apies ‘Repens’ (Weeping Norway Spruce).

New Canaan Nature Center features many nature programs throughout the year, including the Fall Fair every October, and maple sugaring celebrations in early spring.
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  • Another gem in the heart to New Canaan. Just a short walk form town, the Nature Center offers something for children and adults alike. A wonderful place for children to learn to appreciate nature... 
    Another gem in the heart to New Canaan. Just a short walk form town, the Nature Center offers something for children and adults alike. A wonderful place for children to learn to appreciate nature...  more »
  • A nice new facility with a large area with tables, crayons, pencils, building blocks, books, and puzzles for young children, say 5 or below, to entertain themselves. There are a few live animals in... 
    A nice new facility with a large area with tables, crayons, pencils, building blocks, books, and puzzles for young children, say 5 or below, to entertain themselves. There are a few live animals in...  more »
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  • There’s 40 acres of restorative landscaped and untended greenery at the New Canaan Nature Center, containing an arboretum, botanical garden and nature preserve. The landscaped spaces include a marvellous wildflower garden, in which 90% of the species are native, along with a herb garden and a perennial border growing hepatica, Jacob’s ladder, crested iris and bleeding heart. There’s a 370-square-meter greenhouse to check out, while out in the natural areas you can explore two ponds, an historic orchard, wet and dry meadows, cattail marsh and wet and dry woodland. Finally the arboretum has a small but admirable collection counting Swiss stone pine, weeping Norway spruce and moss sawara cypress.
  • great trails, amazing gift shop/visitors center. has donkeys, goats, and chickens, and a maple syrup processor open to the public!

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