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Plants & Their Places: Boston Hollow

May 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Chamaedaphne calyculata (leatherleaf). photo_McGrady

Chamaedaphne calyculata (leatherleaf). photo_McGrady

This walk is the first the 2017 series of Plants & Their Places. Boston Hollow is part of the Yale-Myers Forest in Ashford. It’s a ravine about 100ft deep that extends 1.3 miles in nearly a straight line. A dirt road runs the length of it and has for nearly 200 years.

Despite its long use the area appears unspoiled and quite scenic. Most of the Hollow is Conifer-hardwood Forest with a disposition of a more northern climate. The dominant trees include hemlock, sugar maple and red oak. Smaller woody species include mountain and striped maple, hobblebush, American honeysuckle, red elderberry, and American yew.

The display of spring wildflowers is impressive including foam-flower, lance-leaved twistedstalk, red and painted trillium, bunchberry, Hepatica, Clintonia, and blue cohosh.  This walk is being done in conjunction with the Connecticut Botanical Society

Bring water and food and dress appropriately for the weather and for protection against tics, thorns, etc.

Leader: Doug McGrady (401-935-5367 demcgrady@hotmail.com)

Location: We’ll meet on Boston Hollow Road in Ashford near the trail crossing for the Nipmuck Trail.
• From Rte. 44 (Ashford Center Road) in Ashford, turn north onto Rte. 89 (Westford Road). Go 4.0 miles to a stop sign at a “T” intersection. Turn right (east) onto Boston Hollow Road. Go 1.6 miles to a tiny parking area for the Nipmuck Trail. Park along the right (southeast) side of the road.
• Driving Directions Bing.

This walk is apart of our Plants & Their Places Series.  See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks.


May 20, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Boston Hollow
Ashford, CT