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Otto Schoepfle did not start out to create a botanical garden. Instead, he referred to it as "the garden that grew." He traveled throughout Europe to study and learn about different botanical varieties, coming home after each trip with new ideas for plantings. This continual pursuit of learning became a dominant force in his philosophy of life.

Once part of a hunting preserve, the 331-acre Swine Creek Reservation continues to offer visitors the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife. Butterflies abound in the wildflower-filled summer meadows, while meadowlarks and bobolinks nest in the low-dense plant growth. Kingfishers and great blue heron are often seen along the margins of Swine Creek.

The swamps and marshland harbor a variety of natural wonders. Herons, ducks, geese, and beaver can be found in the spring-fed waters, while cattail, buttonbush, and swamp white oak line the shores of this beautiful park.

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