Florence's Haven

Karin's Sun Border

Nectar Garden

Polo Pony Bed

Pump House Garden

Spalding's Path

Spruill Woods

Tack Shed

Walnut Grove

William's Hillside


Mary's Meadow

One of the features of the Meadow is the Beautyberry - Callicarpa americana, that is naturalizing here. Alternative names for this plant are French mulberry, sourbush, or purple beauty-berry.

Clearly the McFarlane environment is perfect for American Beautyberries. A casual observation indicates that our environment is favored by the purple as each year their number grows.

This native plant was used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes. Early 20th century farmers crushed the leaves thus creating a repellent for mosquitoes and other biting bugs. Wildlife love the berries which are high in moisture. The USDA NRCS estimates that the berries are a source of food for more than 40 species of birds. Animals which consume the berries and/or leaves include foxes, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, and deer.

  McFarlane Beautyberries are growing in the Sun Border as well.
white beautyberry
white beautyberry
magenta beautyberry
magenta beautyberry
pink beautyberry
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