In the summer of 2007 the landscape around the BCSE underwent a radical transformation. Through the support of a Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Environmental Internship, Saskia Madlener '08, researched, designed, and installed a low maintenance native plants garden for the center's property. Volunteers from the Bucknell and Lewisburg communities helped to plant and water the garden during one of the hottest, driest summers in recent memory. The garden contains over 50 species of trees, shrubs, and perennials native to the region, and has replaced the majority of lawn on the property. A central feature of the design is a small pond, which contains native aquatic plant species and attracts scores of songbirds on a daily basis.

In 2012-13, Katie Kramer '13 created a water garden at the eastern edge of the backyard native plant garden as part of the BCSE's stormwater management plan.

Expert gardener Paul Epsom focused on the BCSE's native plant gardens during a recent segment of "Home and Backyard" on WNEP TV.  View the complete Garden Guide to learn about the many different species that live in the garden.

To learn more about the history and evolution of the BCSE gardens, read the narrative "How Does Our Garden Grow?" by Ella Tazuana Johnson '17.

To view photos of our gardens, see our photo galleries below: