Peter Jay Sharp Children's Glade
The Peter Jay Sharp Children's Glade was once an overgrown and underused area, but in 2007 the Conservancy's design team added grass glades, stone and tree trunk seating, and country paths to turn the area into a place for children to explore nature, arts and culture. Without formal fences and floors, a child's imagination is free to roam. The Glade is the perfect "stage" for storytelling, music, dance and theater. Family Performance Festival, the Conservancy's popular program of free multicultural performances and family workshops, takes place here every summer.A variety of native plantings dot the landscape, including violets, mayapples and woodland sunflowers. Dogwoods, tulip trees, pitch pines and chestnut oaks combine to provide an elegant shade canopy. Black raspberries, Alleghany blackberries and flame azaleas are among the shrubs that surround the intimate spaces. In the evening of August 2009 the Glade was struck with a powerful microburst, similar to a tornado. Hundreds of trees in the Glade and the Great Hill were destroyed. Today, thanks to the work of the Conservancy, the areas have been replanted and are thriving.