Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens
The Heasley Rock Garden was designed to mimic alpine habitats, featuring perennials, bulbs, and miniature woody plants that can grow at high elevations near mountaintops. An alpine environment’s unique conditions have shaped cultures and plants alike, as they must adapt to a snowy climate above the treeline. One such plant is the Eastern Prickly Pear, which was sacred to the Aztec sun god and today grows throughout the US and Mexico.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Botanic Gardens: Nevin Welcome Center Gardens