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Morningside Park

Morningside Park "Morningside Park is a park located in Holland and contains medicinal plants. This park was donated to Hope College in 2007."

To make reservations for Morningside Park, please contact Hope College Events and Conferences at 616-395-7222.

Welcome to Morningside Park! Morningside Park is located on the corner of 32nd Street and Morningside Drive in Holland. It spans 1.6 acres and was donated to Hope College in 2007 by its former owners Merle and Arloa Prins. The beautiful park boasts a gazebo often used for weddings, a nice shed to store tools, and a quaint bridge over a stream. Along the shaded paths, there are many different kinds of plants used for a variety of medicinal purposes.

The Biology Department of Hope College has decided to plant medicinal plants in this park in order to further study them. The Park functions as a botanical garden for education, research, and public display. Representative plants are being selected and planted to educate students (K to college) and the general public about plant diversity, evolution, and relationship to human society.

During a first run through the park, beds were identified as areas in which medicinal plants could be planted as well as what native medicinal plants were already known to exist there.

Twenty-five species of plants were acquired and planted in Morningside Park. All twenty-five are known to have been used in the past/present in medicinal products or remedies of Native Americans and/or in current drugs for treatments.

To learn more about the layout of Morningside Park, see the map of the park.

Click on the below list to learn more about many of the medicinal plants that are at Morningside Park. The downloads are in PDF format.

Black Haw - Viburnum prunifolium
Blue Flag Iris - Iris versicolor
Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa
Common Speedwell - Veronica officinalis
Day Lily - Hemerocallis fulva
Dense Blazing Star - Liatris spicata
Dwarf Iris - Iris cristata
Foamflower - Tiarella cordifolia
Hyssop - Agastache sp.
Jack-in-the-Pulpit - Arisaema triphyllum
Mugwort - Artmesia absinthium
New England Aster - Aster novae-angliae
Tuliptree - Liriodendron tulipifera
Yarrow - Achillea millefolium