At the bottom of the dell, the path forks at an island bed featuring a Weeping Purple Beech. Here, a mass planting of Rudbeckia “Goldstrum” provides a spectacular display of yellow bloom throughout the month of August. The path to the left is the Woodland Walk featuring a less formal, more naturalized garden area. Turn left. The highlight of this area is a fine collection of ornamental grasses such as miscanthus, pennisetum and phalaris which all soften the path’s edge.

Screening off the noise and traffic of Davenport Road is a thicket planting of dogwoods, forsythia and wild roses, punctuated by an accent of Bradford Pear Trees.

On your left, the wooded hillside displays flowering drifts of daffodils that bring the hillside alive in early spring. Future plans to develop a naturalized planting in this area are in progress.

At the end of the path you will find one of the original stone staircases built buy Sir Henry Pellatt. The plantings on either side of the staircases provide a rich tapestry of fall colour afforded by red maples, sumacs and witch hazel.

At this point we would recommend that you return along the Woodland Walk to the island bed.