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Peat Beds

After viewing the alpine house and adjacent rock garden, you can wander into the peat beds. Peat is a dominant feature of the Newfoundland environment. Its importance in horticulture and landscaping is well known, and our three small peat beds built in 1976 are from locally-cut peat blocks augmented with a mixture of shredded peat, leafmold and coarse sand (5:2:1). The low nutrient, acidic, moisture-retentive regime supports over 200 varieties of plants. Many native plants such as rhodora (Rhododendron canadense), baneberry (Cimicifuga rubra) and Labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum) flourish alongside exotic ornamentals like willow gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea), shrubby milkwort (Polygala chamaebuxus) and dwarf Chinese astilbe. Members of the Ericaceae (blueberry family) are especially happy here and there are over 25 different rhododendrons within this garden.

Peat Garden

Alpine House Woodland Bed