The wildflower garden at Skylands is primarily a shade garden. Openings in the canopy provide small sunny highlights, as does the area surrounding the bog pond. Mature white pine trees provide most of the shade. Two brooks are crossed at intervals by stone bridges. Native woodland flowers are joined by the occasional exotic plant introduction. Ferns thrive in this setting.
Winding wooded trails, stepping stone bridges and a frog-friendly Bog Pond make this part of the garden a favorite for youngsters.
In April, many spring ephemerals emerge early, bloom, and set seed, taking advantage of the filtered sun while the trees have not yet produced their leaves, and then disappear. May is the height of flowering in the wildflower garden. Japanese primroses bloom by the brook sides. Flame azaleas flourish in the center and on the edge of the meadow.
Wildflowers and ferns are found throughout, with a beautiful display of Japanese primroses in late spring.