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New Bog Garden in the Arboretum

Pacific Connections gardener Kyle Henegar working on the new bog garden.

The UWBG staff at the Arboretum is creating a new native bog garden in the future chaparral section of the Cascadia Forest in Pacific Connections, just north of the Gateway to Chile. Designed by the Berger Partnership, the bog garden is still in the early stages of development. Soil was excavated and contoured to create the site, which is naturally wet due to an underlying hardpan. Moisture-loving ferns and other plants, such as Vaccinium vitis-idaea (lingonberry), are being used to stabilize the banks of the garden. Cobra lilies (Darlingtonia californica) will be planted in the garden in spring. “We’re also staging pieces of wood inside and outside of the water with the hope of attracting salamanders,” says Pacific Connections gardener Kyle Henegar.