Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center is 3 mi. s. on US 206, .4 mi. w. on Spring Lake Dr., .3 mi. s. on Bamboo Ln., then .2 mi. e. to 170 Longview Rd. Gardeners, landscape architects and nature lovers will all find something to enjoy on this 100-acre site that was once known as Merchiston Farm. Nature trails meander by the brook and through meadows, where birds, butterflies and other creatures can be discovered. Along with formal gardens and native plants, there are mature trees, including the Japanese Scholar Tree (Sophora japonica) and American hophornbean (Ostrya virginiana).
Bamboo Brook was created by Martha Brookes Hutcheson, one of the first professionally trained female landscape architects in the United States; she lived there 1911-59. Two immaculate formal gardens surround a 1792 house. Cypress, oak and maple trees, bamboo, wildflowers, lilac shrubs and more than 100 types of willows are just a few of the species seen on meadow and forest trails peppered with cool brooks and ponds.
The delightful water features and white cedar allée, or walkway, add to the experience. Note: Pets are not permitted.