Trees and Shrubs
The vegetation at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, including over 30 tree species and more than 100 species of herbaceous and shrubby plants, is the product of a number of historical events and successional forces, including logging, grazing, mass wasting along the steep ravines, disturbance by beaver, and secondary succession. Over the last century, these factors have interacted in different ways to shape the character of the plant communities at the park. In some cases, this has transformed the vegetation patterns from what they were during the lifetime of Augustus Saint-Gaudens; in other cases, the forest cover has either remained very much as it was or has reverted to a state resembling the historic past.
Did You Know?
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was one of the first people to eat corn flakes. The cereal was invented by John and Will Kellogg in 1894 and commercially produced in 1906. Saint-Gaudens corresponded with Dr. John Kellogg in his later years and was prescribed Corn Flakes as a health food.