Top row: Long Leaf
Hugh MacRae Park).
Bottom row, left to
Park, James E.L.
Wade Park and
Preserve. Inset: A
yellow pitcher plant
blooms at Stanley
Plant Garden at
Piney Ridge Nature
A paved walking path leads through the edge of the woods for
a short walk past many insectivores, including the flytrap, pitcher
plants and sundews. Informative, fun-fact signage adds interest in
the preservation work of Wilmingtonian Stanley Rehder. A wooden
viewing platform gives a restful spot to observe the plants and bog.
Paving stones allow a closer look at the pocosin, but be warned, the
wetland can be immersed in mud.
Anyone looking for motivation to get the kids out for a walk
might consider the small but “deadly” Stanley Rehder Carnivo-rous
Plant Garden at Piney Ridge Nature Preserve. The 10-car
gravel lot is located directly behind Alderman Elementary, on
Canterbury off Independence Boulevard. Finding the lot is the first
adventure. The second is learning just how small and delicate the
insect-eating Venus flytrap is.