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Plants & Their Places: Trott-Perry Land Preserve

July 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lilium superbum (Turk's-cap lily), photo DMcGrady

Lilium superbum (Turk’s-cap lily), photo DMcGrady

This hike is the third of four in our series, Plants & Their Places with Doug McGrady. Trott-Perry, a bit of land along the Pawtucket River, has several interesting habitats. There are mature oak-pine woodlands that include an assortment of shade-loving plants. There’s a utility right-of-way that climbs a sunny hill. The soil on this stretch of land is poor, yet the open grassland of Little Bluestem is a pretty sight. It’s dotted with low shrubs, and expanses of moss and lichen.

The best feature of the property is arguably the six-acre meadow, down near the river. It’s mowed roughly once a year, but the walking paths are kept trimmed. From spring through fall it seems there’s always something interesting in bloom. At this time of year we should find Round-leaf Sundew, Virginia Meadow Beauty, Turk’s Cap Lily, one or two Milkworts, Green Fringed Bog-orchid, Spiked Lobelia, Bartonia, and Mountain Mint. Along the water’s edge, and in the water, we’ll see the beautiful blooms of Pickerelweed, Buttonbush, and Water Lilies.

Doug McGrady is a long-time member of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, an experienced walk leader, and former board member.  A data network engineer by trade, he devotes his spare time to exploring the wilds of New England, seeking and documenting populations of rare plants.

Bring a drink, a snack and a camera.
We’ll walk about 1.5 – 2 miles in sun and shade. In the meadow we’ll be walking in knee-high grass.  Sturdy shoes, long pants, and long sleeves recommended.


 There is no registration for this walk. Come, learn and enjoy.

Join our mailing list Plants & Their Places with Doug McGrady so we can notified you about updates or rain cancellations to the walks in this series.

We also ask that you consider giving a donation of $5:00 to $10.00. 

 


Directions

Polygala sanguinea (blood-milkwort), photo DMcGrady

Polygala sanguinea (blood-milkwort), photo DMcGrady

From the north:
• From Rt 12 (Scituate Ave) turn south on Rt 116 (North Rd).
• Go 1.5 miles and turn left (west) onto No. Doctor’s Ln. (It’s easy to miss. The lane is very narrow and looks like a driveway beside Pole #36.)
• Go about 400 ft to a dirt parking lot on the right (north) side.

MAP

From the south:
• From Rt 117 (Washington St) in Coventry turn north onto Rt 116 (Knotty Oak Rd – this becomes North Rd in Scituate).
• Go 3.4 miles and turn left (west) onto No. Doctor’s Ln. (It’s easy to miss. The lane is very narrow and looks like a driveway beside Pole #36.)
• Go about 400 ft to a dirt parking lot on the right (north) side.

MAP

Details

Date:
July 16
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Venue

Scituate, RI