The Great Meadow was primarily managed as manicured lawn from as early as 1930 to 2008. Recent restoration efforts to transform the lawn to a meadow of native grasses and wildflowers provides critical pollinator habitat. The Great Meadow is regularly mowed during the dormant season to reduce woody cover.
Duke Farms is a leader in environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region. Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of its wildlife, and the scope and quality of its educational programs, demonstrations, and research, Duke Farms inspires people to adopt the attitude of stewardship, protect the earth, and start building a more sustainable future.