United States of America, New Jersey, Bergen County, Englewood
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center (Englewood, New Jersey)
Within this 150-acre nature center, located only two miles from the George Washington Bridge, is a specialized three-acre habitat area. The Backyard Habitat for Wildlife is a demonstration garden of native plants selected to be both ornamental and useful to wildlife. The habitat provides four basic elements: food, water, cover, and places for creatures to raise their young. The habitat is comprised of two sections: the Gazebo Garden, which illustrates a particular design for a backyard area, and the Quarry Meadow, which displays a variety of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous natives available for habitat use. Both areas were designed to show how plants native to an area can create a sense of place, bringing beauty to gardens and benefits to wildlife. Built on the site of an old stone quarry and dump, the gardens were developed by the Garden Club of Englewood in the early 1990s with the assistance of grant funding and volunteers from other organizations. The areas were designed to be seen in all four seasons and feature such plants as native grasses, red twig dogwood, azalea, and red maples. Birds and other wild creatures make their homes in the habitat areas, providing clear evidence of the success of this demonstration garden.
Persons associated with the garden include: Charlotte Phillips Wheeler (landscape designer, 1992-1996); Mercer W. O'Hara (horticulturist, 1992-1996); Marianthi Zikopoulos (horticulturist, 1992-1996); Lyn Scott (project manager, 1992-1996); and Louise Pitkin (designer and editor, 1992-1996).
The folder includes a worksheet, a narrative description and history, garden plans, a plant list, and copies of articles and brochures about the garden and nature center.
Garden has been featured in Suzanne Poor, "First a Prize, Then a Model Garden," The New York Times, September 13, 1992