Gardens and Collections

Gardens at Bard

Gardens at Bard


Within the College landscape, there are many distinct gardens that exist to serve utilitarian and aesthetic functions. They include: Urban Meadow, Woodland Garden, Chinese Garden, Native Garden, Elizabethan Knot Garden, Meditation Garden, Xeriscape Garden, Grass Garden, Shade Garden, Community Garden, and Blithewood Garden, a formal Italianate walled garden.
Plant Collections

Plant Collections

In 2008, the Arboretum started compiling its plant collections and individual specimens using the BG BASE Collection Management Software. This database will eventually allow us to make the plant inventory records accessible to the public. It is currently used to locate, identify and quantify the various taxa throughout the Arboretum. A Preliminary Plant Collections Policy guides the acquisition and removal of all plant material on the Bard campus.  Bard's living collections consist of three types: Core Collections, Historic Collections and Other Collections.