The Long Walk is located between the entrance from Imperial East and the dam breach. This is the only area of the Reservoir Loop Trail that is perfectly straight. It is part of the original impoundment that formed the Tibbs Reservoir, built by hand with horse carts and sweat equity. A significant amount of the funding for this garden has been gifted to the Garden to memorialize departed loved ones.

The large American Boxwoods were a gift from Norman Cole, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, West Virginia. Their formal shape adds a note of contrast to the natural setting and native plants. Many shrubs, grasses, and perennials have been planted to supplement the native growth, adding contrast, texture, and bloom.



The Long Walk is located directly along the Reservoir Loop Trail on the southeast side of the property, between the Imperial East entrance and the dam breach.
The Long Walk Garden was created in 2018 and was largely funded by memorial donations.

Plant List: (Introduced)


  • Aucuba japonica ‘Golddust’
  • Buxus sempervirens, American Boxwood
  • Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
  • Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fritz Huber’, Fritz Huber Japanese Plum Yew
  • Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Scarletta’
  • Mahonia bealei


  • Cercis canadensis var. Texensis ‘Oklahoma White’, Oklahoma White Redbud
  • Ilex aquifolium ‘Santa’s Delight’
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia
  • Styrax japonica ‘Snow Charm’
  • Thuja x ‘Green Giant’


  • Scizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’


  • Athyrium x ‘Ghost’, Ghost Fern
  • Caltha palustris, Marsh Marigold
  • Carex morrow ‘Ice Dance’
  • Carex leavenworthii
  • Carex platyphilla
  • Carex oshimensis ‘Everest’
  • Heuchera villosa ‘Autum Bride’
  • Luzula acuminata
  • Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’
  • Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’
  • Polemonium reptans
  • Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’
  • Tiarella cordifolia

In Planters:

  • Asplenium scolopendrium, Hart’s Tongue Fern
  • Adiantum pedatum, Eastern Maidenhair Fern
  • Carex oshimensis ‘Everest’, Everest Sedge
  • Athyrium X ‘Ghost”, Ghost Fern (a vigorous and easy-to-grow hybrid between Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’) x Southern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina)
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