Herbert & Hyonja Abrons Woodland
The first burst of color each spring is a river of blue "glory-of-the snow" (Chinodoxa sardensis) flowing down the slope. Demure wildflowers and ferns emerge in May.
Color-coded trails link up to the half-mile trail running through the woodland. A trail map at the main entrances, north and south, indicates the character of each trail—from easy to moderately challenging.
Along the edge of the woodland below Glyndor Gallery is a bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla). Planted almost a half-century ago, its leaves can reach almost three feet in length. A native of the southeastern U.S., it brings a subtropical feel to this part of the garden. In fall, look for its red, cone-shaped fruits; in May or early June, its enormous, white flowers perfume the air.
The blue carpets at Wave Hill in spring are usually attributed to the thousands of lesser glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis). The truth is a little more complicated.
Native to much of eastern North America, the celandine poppy is a welcome, self-seeding perennial that can light up a shady corner of the garden in spring.