Wednesday, May 5, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Signs of Spring at Will’s Woods

Travel to The Garden in the Woods on Wednesday, May 5, for a walking tour beginning at 10 am, wrapping up around 12:30 pm (Garden Club of the Back Bay members, please remember this is the same time as our May meeting!).  Spring is back.  Leaf buds are beginning to open and early flowering species are in bloom.  You will leave the beaten track and explore parts of Garden in the Woods’ natural areas, about two-thirds of its 45 acres. You’ll appreciate why Will Curtis fell in love in the 1930’s with this glacially formed property as you identify a diversity of trees, shrubs, and some herbaceous species. You’ll encounter such interesting species as American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), spicebush (Lindera benzoin), and, pictured below, marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), while focusing on easily observable identification characteristics and natural history. Bring a hand lens if you have one, and a favorite field guide or two.  The walk will be led by Roland “Boot” Boutwell, and the fee to attend is $24 for members of NEWFS, and $27  for nonmembers.  Limited to 15, so register early at