McMullen House Bed & Breakfast LLC and Gardens
McMullen House Bed & Breakfast LLC is located in the Allegheny High Plateau of Pennsylvania. Our Bed & Breakfast focuses on a celebration of hospitality, history, and science. The B&B is surrounded by various native plant gardens for butterflies, pollinators, and of different habitats including open areas and woodlands. Be sure to visit McMullen House Bed & Breakfast to see what you can do for butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife. Below are some of the gardens and plants you can see while here.
The Fence Garden lines a side fence along Brown Street. This garden is the home of a number of ferns that thrive in the shade provided by serviceberry trees (Amelanchier arborea) above. Ferns include royal fern (Osmunda regalis), Christmas fern (Polystichum acristichoides), lady fern (Atyrium felix-femina), and glade fern (Homolosorus pycnocarpus). There are also some black raspberry (Rubus allegheniensis) and black eyed-susan (Rudbeckia laciniata) planted here. In the middle of June this garden is visited by hundreds of Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum).
The Woodland Garden is located underneath the shade of eastern hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) on the western side of McMullen House. A number of shade loving wildflowers are located here including large-flowered trilium (Trillium grandilforum), star-flower (Trientalis borealis), jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), and common blue violet (Viola sororia), wild ginger (Asarum sp.), wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis), Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struphiopteris), and Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum).
The Terrace Garden is located adjacent to the Woodland Garden on the western side of McMullen House and gets a little more sun. The plants here like a habitat that is partly sun and partly shaded. One small area of the garden gets a little more shade from a quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides). Plants located here include yellow-cup (Silphium perfoliatum), Queen-of-the-Prairie (Filipendula rubra), intermerdiate shield fern (Dryopteris intermedia), striped cream violet (Viola striata), downy yellow violet (V. pubescens), Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum), foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), and sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis).
The Butterfly Garden is located to the north of the Terrace Garden and receives full sun in the summer. The plants here are hosts and nectar plants for butterflies, especially for Monarchs. Other insects such as bees and flies also use the garden. Plants here include common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), spotted joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum), purple joe-pye-weed (Eupatorium purpureum), New York Ironweed (Vernonia novaboracensis), and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).
The Monet Garden, is located to the north of the Butterfly Garden, and receives full sun in the summer. This is an attempt at recreating a version of the garden from the artist, Claude Monet in Titusville, Pa. The plants here are similar to those in France, but favor those that are friendly to pollinators. Plants here include purple delphinium (Delphinium exaltatum), river-oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), crooked-stem aster (Symphyotrichum prenanthoides), spiderwort (Tradescantia virginica), wild black cherry (Prunus serotina), and rose (Rosa sp.).