Wildflower walk

A SECOND WILDFLOWER WALK will be held on May 20 at 10 a.m.

The May 6 wildflower walk led by Ursula Duvé gave participants a beautiful sample of fresh flowers popping up along the trails of Holt Pond.

With the winter cold holding on a bit longer than usual this year, some of the spring wildflowers were hesitant to open by the first week of May. In the hopes of finding a few early bloomers, Ursula and participants of the Lakes Environmental Association Caplan Walk searched the forest floor for slivers of bright color hidden amongst the leaf litter; and so, wildflowers were found! The dainty white flowers of goldthread were opening up in patches of sunlight while the startling white and pink of painted trillium could be seen beneath the shadows of the towering hemlocks. Hobblebush flowers were turning from their pale green to a brilliant white and trailing arbutus showed its variation in petal color from pink to white as it wound in and out of an old stone wall.

With wildflowers slow to open on May 6, and participants wanting to come out for another wildflower walk, there is reason enough to incorporate LEA’s Exploring the Green at Holt Pond nature walk on Friday, May 20 with a followup wildflower walk with Ursula Duvé.

If you couldn’t make the previous wildflower walk, or you would like to see the beauty of starflowers, Canada mayflowers, and many other spring plants in bloom, please join LEA and Duvé at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20 for a second wildflower walk at Holt Pond. With Ursula’s extensive wildflower knowledge, cheerful personality and entertaining conversation you won’t want to miss out on this enjoyable spring jaunt in the woods at Holt Pond.

Big thanks go out to Hu and Ray Caplan for funding these Caplan events. Dr. and Mrs. Caplan have been members and directors of LEA since the mid-1970s. Dr. Caplan was the vice president of LEA’s Board of Directors from 1978-1980 and president from 1982-1990. Mrs. Caplan was the secretary from 1992-2006. The Caplans recognize the vital importance of education in all aspects of LEA’s work in protecting the Lake Region’s most important resource and asset: its bodies of water and watersheds.

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