The most Northern 20% of the Arboretum is really quite special. At one time, before settlement, it was probably forested. First it became farmland and then grassland. Today it's a grassland that we call 'The Meadow'. It's a very rare thing today to find a meadow in an urban setting in Southern Ontario ... so we are retaining it as a meadow, a unique environment that'll be habitat for meadow birds and their song.
Over the next several years we'll clean it up a bit, introduce historic meadow grasses, remove shrubs that would take over the space if not controlled and provide a place for learning about the special characteristics of meadows.
The Meadow has our first Educational Sign. It should help
visitors and school groups learn more about meadows and
some of their inhabitants. It's not empty, just different
... a difference we value greatly.