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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Barberry, burning bush, and multiflora rose can be found in marshy areas; they're invasive plants the garden club members endeavor to keep at bay. It's not possible to remove invasive plants from Weston's 2,000 acres of conservation land, so the town matches the state's policy of targeting sensitive resources and places at risk. Schadler explains, "If there's a beautiful patch of bloodroot that is threatened by garlic mustard, we should protect that." Forbes Land begs the question, what's native and what's naturalized? Many plants thought of as "native" are actually introductions from Europe and Asia. In Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation, Donald Leopold says, "Nearly all flowering plants (except artificially created hybrids) are 'wildflowers' or 'native' species somewhere in the world, but a plant species that naturally occurs somewhere is not necessarily native to that region." Leopold further explains, "Native means that as best as botanists can determine, a species naturally occurred in an area prior to European settlement." For almost 20 years, Weston residents have relied on Elmer Jones's pocket-sized paperback, Walks on Weston Conservation Land: A Guide. The book is as relevant today as when it was published in 1999. The author, a former trustee of Weston Forest and Trail Association and a science teacher, committed to paper the informal walks and talks he gave over many years. The guide features 18 Weston conserva- tion lands up to Jericho Forest, the largest at 505 acres. Forbes Land is Walk #4, and at 2.3 acres, the smallest in the guide. Jones invites visitors to walk slowly and breathe deeply in special places like the Forbes Land. These properties protected from devel- opment are living classrooms that allow wildlife and native plants to co-exist with suburban development. A map of Weston's park, conservation and municipal lands includes more than 90 miles of trails. Sixty- five miles of trails are managed by Weston Forest and Trail Association. Visitors should be aware of the possibility of encountering poison ivy (a native plant) that should not be 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 S B Y K A T H Y R O U S S E A U ( T O P ) , P A M F O X ( B O T T O M ) above: Molly Varnau, Joan Wilson, Sue Iodice, and Robin Reisman; below: Weston Garden Club President Cynthia Chapra (left) with Nancy Bates and Biz Paynter 62 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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