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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Garden Club involved so actively means we can have an education component, with signage and plant labels and ongoing oversight." The property is reached from a parking area at the abandoned rail- way station near 41 Church Street. From Weston Station one walks east along the embankment for about a quarter mile, where looking down to the left, there is a wooden sign announcing Forbes Conservation Land and the path leading into it. To the right, the path drops off the railway bed into the Sears Land, 82 acres of conservation land that stretches to Crescent Street in Weston and includes some Land's Sake Farm facilities. The Forbes Land can also be approached from Church Street through a gap in the stone wall about 500 feet from Coburn Road. There, a Weston Forest and Trail Association trail marker, a green pine tree atop a W, is pinned to a tree. Visitors can park on Coburn Road. Biz Paynter, then conservation director for Weston Garden Club, and Dorothea Wyman Thomas, Marilyn Zacharis, and Nancy Bates were part of the original restoration team. Their low-tech efforts in cluded donning hip-high waders to remove purple loosestrife from the pond and using flashlights at night to site property boundaries. Local botanist Alice Jones identified more than 60 species of plants, many suited to wetlands. When the revitalization was complete, Weston Garden Club received a merit award from Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) for restoring the property for pub- lic enjoyment. Forbes Land invites a slow stroll; it's a messy, busy place with much of its wildlife going unseen. In contrast to manicured res- idential gardens, native plants grow as they will and provide habitat. Fallen trees are cut and left onsite, using principles of ecologi- cal forestry to give cover and nutrients to insects and animals. Plants tell the story. Wetlands are home to red maple, redosier dogwood, spice- bush, and cinnamon fern. In April, when buds on the trees begin to swell, skunk cab- bage and false hellebore emerge together in the marshland, both having pointed, narrow leaves. In the earliest days of spring, Examples of Native Plants* Found on Forbes Land n Red maple, Acer rubrum n Redosier dogwood, Cornus stolonifera n Spicebush, Lindera benzoin n Cinnamon fern, Osmunda cinnamomea n Skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus n False hellebore, Veratrum viride n Marsh marigold, Caltha palustris n Ironwood, also American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana n Trout lily, Erythronium americanum n White trillium, Trillium grandiflorum n Wood anemone, Anenome quinquefolia n Partridgeberry, Mitchella repens *Native to Northeastern North America above: Members of the Weston Garden Club Conservation Committee from l to r: Robin Reisman, Molly Varnau, Pam Fox, Tania Deary, Sue Iodice, Kitty Smith, and Jean Zhou; below: Weston Garden Club team members work hard to maintain the beauty of the land C O U R T E S Y O F W E S T O N G A R D E N C L U B / P H O T O B Y P A M F O X C O U R T E S Y O F W E S T O N G A R D E N C L U B P H O T O B Y K A T H Y R O U S S E A U 60 Where Nature Reigns 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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