Next to the Moore Woodlot, visitors are greeted by a winding, shady pathway through a grove of trees. This area changes dramatically during the year, showing how one can combine bulbs with other plants to create gardens with multi-season interest. In early spring the garden is ablaze with aconites and then with daffodils. Later, when these have gone dormant for the year, visitors enjoy a fine collection of hostas. In August a stunning display of hardy amaryllis appears as if from nowhere. Finally, in autumn, the turning leaves provide a final show of color, along with autumn crocus and colchicums.
Bordering the Hosta Bowl are several special trees, including two "living fossils," the dawn redwood and ginkgo.