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Driftwood cottage is the farmyard barn that became a house within an arboretum. Under the care of the current owner the former stable was renovated with a new addition again into its current state in 2015. New gardens were designed by Julie Toland and constructed by Aquidneck Landscaping in 2016 that incorporated and highlighted some of the trees of original conversion in the 1960’s with newer garden plantings The owner’s preference for native species for pollinators and an open mind to varieties of introduced species originating in Rhode Island’s rich history of ornamental nurseries has led to a Rhode Island themed landscape. The gardens of Driftwood Cottage are a mix of color, shape, and form by using species selected for interesting shapes, profiles, and colors. Even though not considered arboretum species there are also thousands of spring flowering bulbs that highlight the woody species on the grounds.