Wildlands & Woodlands Website

Highstead works to inspire curiosity and build knowledge about plants and wooded landscapes in order to enhance life, preserve nature, and advance sound stewardship practices.

Plant Collections and Naturalistic Landscapes

Land Stewardship > Collections & Landscapes

Living Collections

Highstead’s ecologically-minded approach in developing its native plant collections and plantings provide conservation and educational value, while the natural landscapes in which they are displayed provide important visual context to help visitors understand and interpret the forest types, environment and land use history of a southwestern Connecticut landscape.

Non-living Collections

Highstead maintains accurate and up-to-date plant accession records, maps, herbarium specimens, photographs, and library references. Collections that are well documented offer opportunities for scientific inquiry and enable Highstead to participate in a network of institutions that curate and preserve plants worldwide.


Kalmia Collection

Native Tree and Shrub Collection

Highstead Herbarium

Barn Landscape

Barn Meadow

The Pond