Bobbie’s Meadow invites visitors to stroll through the Museum’s 100-year-old apple orchard. The walkway, which is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible, is surrounded by native New England wildflowers and grasses. Walls offer outdoor seating for reading, drawing, picnicking, or just relaxing. Bobbie’s Meadow was created in honor of the Museum’s co-founder Barbara “Bobbie” Carle (1938-2015), an early childhood educator who was committed to creating opportunities for children of all abilities.
Bobbie’s Meadow is part of a community effort in South Amherst to provide more habitats for wildlife. Wildflower meadows provide critical food and protection for scores of species, from pollinators like bees and butterflies to songbirds and foxes. Bobbie’s Meadow was designed by Mantle Landscape Architecture of Berkeley, California and Klopfer Martin Design Group of Boston and built by Wright Builders, Inc. of Northampton.