Godshalk Meadow: Testing Ground for New Plants
Testing. Testing. Godshalk Meadow, named after Clarence Godshalk, former Director of the Arboretum, is used mainly to evaluate new or underused plants. Herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses, shrub roses, evergreens, woody shrubs, ornamental trees, and shade trees are put to the test—evaluated on their hardiness, resistance to disease and insects, key attributes (flower color, fragrance, fall color, etc.), and size at maturity.
At The Morton Arboretum, we want to make sure that the plants we recommend will thrive in local landscapes and gardens. Godshalk Meadow, located just south of the Ozarks Collection alongside the DuPage River, is where we put plants to the test.
Several noteworthy plants that are currently under observation are Sullivan Alaska-cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Sullivan'), Beijing Gold® Peking lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'Zhang Zhiming'), and gold bar silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar').