Gardener Ernest made the most of a low spot in the cleared portion of the
McFarlane woods by planting it with evergreen ferns and assorted small shrubs.
This river of ferns implies a waterway where there is none.
Future plans for this fern swale include a viewing platform overlook from an
The swale has become home to several old gates found on
the property, added for visual interest.
Ernest Arvesen, a longtime volunteer at McFarlane, passed away in November
2017, leaving us with his horticultural legacy that includes a small grove
of chalk maples from his own garden and the fern swale. A dogwood tree has
been planted in his honor.