Native New England Shrubs

Saturday, July 30, 2022, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Join Boot Boutwell for a trailside walk exploring New England shrubs!

Program Full

Reservations

Required

To reserve your space, please email suzanne@wellsnerr.org or call (207) 646-1555 x116.

Pricing

  • Members: $10.00
  • Non-Members: $13.00

Location

Gazebo

Photo credit: Boot Boutwell

What is woody, short, and typically multi-stemmed? A shrub! Shrubs are an important part of the New England landscape and lots of fun to learn about. We will take a close-up look at nine or ten native New England shrubs, plus a few non-native invasives . We will focus on key identification characteristics and also learn about the natural history and lore of our subjects. Included in our study will be a shrub whose fruits were used to make candles, a shrub whose berries Yankee sea captains brought on long sea voyages to help prevent scurvy, and a shrub whose flowers have been used as a remedy for craziness.

About the Presenter

Roland “Boot” Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who taught the core course in “Native New England Shrubs” and lead field trips for the New England Wild Flower Society for nearly 20 years and was a part time teacher/naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He teaches nature programs and leads nature walks for a number of other organizations including: Arlington, MA Community Education; Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA, The Winchester, MA public schools; The Friends of the Middlesex Fells (Greater Boston) and numerous other organizations. His hobbies include photography, acting in community theater, and the guitar.


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