Welcome to Holly Point Nature Park
The Park has undergone a new “landscape” design with pathways and plantings to connect all of our major venues. Designated parking areas for the Museum and Park are provided to keep the Park, especially the waterfront area, traffic free for the enjoyment of park visitors.
Holly Point offers walking paths, kayak landing, waterfront pier, picnic areas. While dog friendly, we do ask that pets be on a leash.
Located on the John Smith trail and a Bay "Gateway."
For private events, please call the office for rental information.
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The Children’s Garden
Located just past the Museum, this garden has evolved into an area that encourages children to enjoy the taste, touch, smell and look of gardening. The Middlesex 1st graders help plant “edible” landscape areas every year as part of their field trip to the park. Plants include the popular “Peanut butter” tree, Bee Balm, Black Eyed Susans, Banana plant, and seasonal squash, tomatoes, and herbs, along with strawberries and blueberries.
Walking back to the water’s edge brings you to the Living Shoreline and Buffer Zone. The shoreline restoration project, with the help of VCE Middlesex Master Gardeners, teaches how to control shoreline erosion and how establishing marsh vegetation can provide long term shoreline stabilization at a fraction of the cost of the conventional structures, such as bulkheads and rock revetments. The project also explores the use of native plants on the uplands buffer zone. Natives are plants that are growing naturally in an area long before humans introduced other plants. Once established, natives will be low maintenance and non-invasive. Native grasses, shrubs and vegetative cover are key elements of a healthy shoreline. They serve to dissipate wave energy, bind soil with their roots, and reduce run off into the Bay, all improving water quality, reducing erosion control costs, and encouraging marine habitat.
The Woodland Garden
Don’t miss a walk in the woods, just past the Boat shop. The unexpected wildlife sculptures guide you down a trail outlined with encore azaleas, blooming throughout spring, summer and fall. The surprise the Woodland Garden holds will certainly make you take a moment and enjoy the serenity of the woods. Benches donated by patrons dot the landscape for such peaceful outings.
The “new” landscape around the pavilions and Museum was planned to enhance and compliment the existing plantings. Plants were chosen with low maintenance, drought tolerance, and seasonal interest in mind.
We salute the Garden Volunteers, for it is their hands that have guided the gardens throughout the years. If you would like to volunteer please call the Museum office.