The Shade Garden was established in 1982 and provides a gateway into a ravine. Shade gardens are associated with feelings of tranquility and informality. Here, large native trees provide an overhead canopy under which smaller woody species flourish. Hardy flowering shrubs and small trees such as the Pagoda Dogwood have been planted to provide late spring bloom. Spring-blooming woodland wildflowers, ferns and ground covers populate the forest floor. The garden has been enhanced by the introduction of various shade tolerant herbaceous perennials. Hostas and other plants with gold or variegated foliage brighten shady areas.