Come, take a walk among wildflower meadows, now in bloom with orange ‘butterfly milkweed’, as native bergamot creates a sea of lavender on the sloping hillside. Watch for nectaring butterflies among the wildflowers. Stroll alongside the towering evergreens, experiencing Forest Bathing. On the hill’s gentle crest, take in for sweeping views of Princeton Ridge and Hopewell’s Sourland Mountain to the west.
Listen along the way to tales of neighbors who have found healing in nature here, by downloading the free TravelStorys app to your smartphone. Savor the McVay Poetry Trail, experiencing the impact of nature upon poets through the ages. View D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery, and visualize planting native trees, shrubs and perennial flowers to turn your home garden into nourishing habitat, come autumn. Walk around the Johnson Education Center, once Robert Wood Johnson’s working barn, now home to D&R Greenway Land Trust and its nature art galleries.
End your tour in Meredith Petersen’s Garden of Inspiration, where you’ll find outdoor sculpture and stone walls at the perfect height for a rest. Enjoy your socially-distanced picnic upon sturdy tables, shaded by the 300-year-old D&R Greenway Oak, whose noble shape evokes the original Mercer Oak.
Listen to the silence of yesteryear as you stroll—in season—serenaded by birds and even hearing bees, thriving, as you will, in this ideal habitat.
More info: www.drgreenway.org. Greenway Meadows surrounds D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center barn, at One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road, Princeton 08540.