This sanctuary is one of seven owned by the Society. Hilly woods, a brook, and 1,256 feet of sandy shore and tidal marsh make up the 177-acre sanctuary, which borders lovely Merrymeeting Bay, well-known for its diversity of waterfowl. This hike along the trails will take us through woodlands that border the east side of the bay to a large, old stand of bigtooth aspen and fascinating freshwater estuary plants that are limited to this rare habitat type. Bring binoculars if you have them; be prepared to get your feet wet! Habitat: estuary and mixed hardwood-conifer forest
Known For: freshwater estuary plants
Program Code: FDT8029
Instructor: Ted Elliman, botanist and author of "Wild Flowers of New England"
Join Dan Jaffe to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades. Covering everything from plants for tough spots to specialty plants for specific habitats, this class will add a host of less-familiar native species to your plant palette. Program Code: HOR1200
Instructor: Dan Jaffe
Cosponsor: Ecological Landscape Alliance
Tree by tree, sections of the Casey Arborway are being replanted. On Tuesday, resident Clay Harper noticed 21 plane trees being planted along the western section of the massive project. The plantings come two years after clearcutting of hundreds of trees around Forest Hills Station. By the time the road realignment project is completely done - current estimates put that at Spring 2018 - MassDOT says the area will have 400 more trees than when the project began. We've been following the Casey Arborway project's ups and down for years.
Remember the winter of 2015? If the 100-plus inches of snow didn't depress you, there was the chopping down of more than a hundred trees around Forest Hills for the Casey Arborway project. Now for the good news, nature lovers: The first trees of the mammoth project will soon be planted. The Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that week after next contractors plan to start planting trees in the area where the permanent median of the Arborway will be. It was just one line in MassDOT's latest "Three-week Look-ahead," but it should bring a smile to everyone who hated seeing those 160 trees cut down.
Jamaica Plain writer Rachel Lebeaux took in the magnificent cherry trees blossoming at Arnold Arboretum. Most of the cherries are located in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. It's nearest the Forest Hills gate. Here's a simple map. However, there are cherry trees in other parts of the Arboretum as well, and they're all spectacular right now.