Purchased by Harvard University in 1922, Weld Hill is named for the family who farmed here and buried some of their kin in the small cemetery on Peters Hill.
Plants chosen for the “cosmopolitan urban meadow” are selected to fulfill a number of ecological and aesthetic criteria. Tough perennial species with a range of bloom times provide visual interest and pollinating activity over the entire growing season.
The native and non-native species growing here thrive in typical urban soil and create a long-lived, attractive meadow. The hillside is mowed once a year—in fall—mainly to prevent incursions of woody plants and grasses.
In 2011, the Arboretum opened the Weld Hill Research Building in the northwest corner of the parcel to increase its capacity to conduct research in the plant sciences. Terraced into the hillside, the building occupies less than a quarter of the Weld Hill landscape. The remainder of the parcel is characterized by mature woodland and open pasture. Weld Hill itself rises 172 feet, planted from top to bottom with a wildflower mix developed by Senior Research Scientist Emeritus Peter Del Tredici.
Plants found in the cosmopolitan urban meadow include:
Plants found in the cosmopolitan urban meadow
|Species Name||Common Name||Plant Family||Bloom Time|
|Aster (Symphytrichum) pilosus||white heath aster||Asteraceae||fall|
|Leucanthemum vulgare||oxeye daisy||Asteraceae||spring|
|Rudbeckia hirta||blackeyed Susan||Asteraceae||summer|
|Lotus corniculatus||birdsfoot trefoil||Fabaceae||spring|
|Trifolium hybridum||alsike clover||Fabaceae||spring/summer|
|Trifolium repens||white clover||Fabaceae||spring/summer|
|Vicia cracca||bird vetch||Fabaceae||spring/summer|
|Lolium perenne||perennial ryegrass||Poaceae||spring|
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Plants in this Collection
|Plant ID||Accession Date||Received As||Origin||Source|
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