This is the first garden to welcome visitors upon entering Moore Farms Botanical Garden. Guest parking, the fire tower visitor center, the garden entrance and the fire tower itself are all located here. A remarkable bog garden full of carnivorous plants greets guests as they enter the garden. Take a moment to observe pitcher plants, sundews and Venus flytraps, all native bug eaters, as they grow side by side with other rarities such as Bartram’s ixia, Harperella and Harper’s Beauty. Past the bog, weeping bald cypress lean on the fire tower for support, as if exhausted from a strenuous workout.
What is seen next–loblolly pines sculptures, long leaf pines as fuzzy green pillars and the obscure native shrub silverling sheared as a formal hedge—is the first glimpse of our innovative displays of both familiar and exotic plants. Passing beneath the fire tower, the path becomes a gravel lane reminiscent of local country roads. On either side native azaleas flush pink flowers in spring.