WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Weston Garden Club began its first revitalization effort in 1990, five years after the Forbes bequest. Without the original gardeners' watch- ful care, nature had begun to take over, and the town had no funds for upkeep. Long-time Weston Garden Club member Nancy Bates says, "When I heard that Julie Hyde and Weston Conservation Commission wanted to get Weston Garden Club involved in reopening the Forbes Land, I thought, 'It's poison ivy and prickers. Who would want to go down there?' But we all got involved and had lots of fun." Weston Conservation Commission, Weston Forest and Trail Asso - ciation, and Weston Garden Club work together to maintain this special place. Emily Schadler, the town's conservation stewardship program coordinator, says, "Forbes Land is a unique three-way partnership that promotes education, conservation, and management. Having Weston Forbes Conservation Land was given to the Town of Weston in 1985 by the late Celeste Forbes, a founding member of Weston Garden Club, and her husband, the late Mac Forbes. Celeste and Mac Forbes main- tained an extensive garden at their home on Church Street at the corner of Coburn Road. On the back two wooded acres, they let nature reign, creating a wildflower garden and inviting people to meander through. They dammed a stream that flows under Church Street to create the pond that, while silting in, still exists and built an arched wooden bridge just below the dam. Looping paths lead visitors through upland woods and wet bottom lands, both prevalent in Weston. There are three wetland zones: swamp, marsh, and pond. Ecological maps on the property highlight these areas and plant labels identify species typical of their zone. "We're fortunate to have many members who are knowledgeable, active, and passionate about the natural world and civic beautification." › Cynthia Chapra, Weston Garden Club president Where Nature Reigns 58 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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