The Caroline Dean Wildflower Trail (CDWT) started as a walking path in 2008 with access from Park Road through the Salem Shotwell Covered Bridge. The figure 8 shaped trail was constructed to honor Ms. Caroline Dean, an Opelika resident. In 2008, she received a National Wetlands Award for advocating for and educating others about native flora and wildflowers in the Southeastern U.S., especially those found in wetlands.
The lower part of the trail is a garden filled with native azaleas, Carolina jasmine, Christmas fern, and savannah holly. Native azaleas were transplanted from Ms. Dean’s personal garden and bloom during the months of March, April, and May. Over the years, many groups and individuals have continued to donate native azaleas, oak leaf hydrangea, native ferns, crane flower orchids, Indian Pinks, and more. Pyramid Magnolias, Oaks, Carolina Silverbell, and Buckwheat Trees are among the trees that grace the garden. All plants are native to Alabama and particularly, the Piedmont region. Currently, there are 11 species of native azaleas in the garden that bloom from March to August.
For more details please visit the Lee County Master Gardeners website.
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