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Emily Allen Wildflower Preserve

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Natural ResourcesNatural Heritage Forsyth County - 6 acres protected

Emily Allen. Donation of Conservation Easement.

Emily describes her former yard as “a mess with poison ivy, honeysuckle, and blackberries growing everywhere.” Then over 30 years ago she discovered a showy orchid (Galearis spectabilis) struggling to survive within the “mess” and asked a local expert what it was. With this initial discovery Emily began her journey that has transformed her fifth-generation land into a breathtakingly beautiful woodland wildflower garden known as the Emily H. Allen Wildflower Preserve.

Home to 28 of the 35 known eastern North American Trillium, 30 species of ferns, the state and federal species of special concern Oconee Bells (Shortia glacifolia), and many others, the Preserve was permanently protected in 2000. The easement ensures that generations to come will be able to enjoy this beautiful woodland garden and learn about native North Carolina wildflowers first hand. This unique place called for a unique easement which ensures that the garden will be maintained forever by PLC under the guidance of a Preserve Management Committee.

Currently the Preserve is open for a limited number of tours each spring and summer. There are also volunteer opportunities in the Preserve. To request a tour of the garden or learn more about volunteering in the garden, please contact Mindy Mock by email or by calling her at PLC 336-691-0088.

Project funding provided by the landowner, the Winston-Salem Foundation, and PLC.