Walk in Walden Woods



Exploring the Landscape and Flora of Walden Woods

With naturalist Cherrie Corey

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 9:30 am – noon

Our hike will begin at Walden Pond’s brand new Visitor’s Center, with a quick introduction.  From there, we will head out Walden’s southern trail and cross over the Emerson Cliff trail to the “other” Heywood’s Meadow, a boggy fen richly documented by Thoreau, with a number of locally rare plants, active beaver works, and beautiful autumn vistas.  Heading west, we’ll cross the RR tracks to Adams/Wright Woods toward the Andromeda Ponds, a terraced chain of boggy kettleholes fed by Walden’s subsurface drainage.  Leatherleaf, highbush blueberry and bearberry, cotton sedge, and pitcher-plants thrive here along with swamp loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus) which still forms lush colonies in the same locations described by Thoreau.  Returning to the pond’s western shore, we’ll watch for the uncommon stiff aster and other late shoreline flowers and autumn surprises.  After a brief visit to Thoreau’s cabin site, we’ll rejoin the shoreline at Wyman’s meadow, noting more interesting trees and shrubs in Thoreau’s Cove, and follow it back to our starting point. There will be time at the end to peek inside the very “green” Visitor’s Center and the Thoreau Society gift/book shop, and check out the extensive new native plantings.

Participants should park in the main Walden Pond parking lot (annual visitor’s tag or $8 daily fee required) and meet on the Visitor’s Center deck.

Cost is $20 per person payable by check made out to The Garden Club of Concord.  Please RSVP to elisewoodward@gmail.com and mail check to Elise Woodward, 379 Garfield Road, Concord, MA 01742. OR sign up at the October 19meeting.

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Directory Changes???

If you have ANY information that is not correct in this year’s Garden Club directory,please email the changes to Hilda Parrott at :


Thank you!

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Blithewold House and Garden Tour

What a beautiful day we had today for our field trip. I think we would all agree that everyone should definitely make the trip here. Very good tour of the house and the gardens are spectacular!

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Corrections to Fall Social Blog from yesterday!

Hi all-for anyone who opened the blog last night…the Fall Social is TONIGHT-Wednesday, September 21st…

in addition:

parking is at the Old North Bridge Parking lot on Monument Street. Walk up Great Meadows Road to the first house on the RIGHT. Holly Salemy’s address is: 68 Great Meadows Road. There are 10 parking spots next to her garage for those who cannot walk. Please do NOT park on the grass.

See you there at 6:30!

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Please Note: Parking for Wednesday, September 21st!!

Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 PM join us for cocktails on the lawn at Holly Salemy’s, 68 Great Meadows Road. 
PARKING : Please park at the Old North Bridge Parking lot on Monument St and walk up the road to the first house on the left. For those who are unable to walk there are 10 spots to park next to the garage.

Please do not park on the grass. Thank you!


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Field trip to Blithewold Gardens -October 11th

We are excited to announce our first field trip!  Leann Griesinger will briefly review details at our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, and will need to know how many people will be attending ASAP. Also, if you would like to order a boxed lunch Leann will bring the menu to our meeting along with a sign up sheet.

Docent-guided tour of Blithewold Gardens and Mansion in Bristol, RI. This was the Van Wickle Family Country home from  1894 – 1976. Bessie Van Wickle McKee’s, landscape architect John DeWolf’s, and Marjorie Lyon’s visions for the 33-acre estate come to life in the form of gardens, plantings, pathways, lawns, and stone structures, all largely still intact from their inception.

Scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th beginning at 11 AM.
Price: $28 per person including a catered box lunch.
(Admission will be $8 per person without lunch)

For more information please visit the website:


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Open Days Exploration-September 18th


Growing Food—Backyards, Farms and Rooftops: An Open Days Exploration for Gardeners of All Ages with Urban Farmer and Educator Annie Novak in the Gardens at Clock Barn Sunday, September 18, 2016  |  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
453 Bedford Road, Carlisle, MA

  Annie Novak

Join us for an adventure-filled day for gardeners of all ages in the extraordinary Gardens at Clock Barn, home of Maureen and Mike Ruettgers in Carlisle, MA. From a stylish design full of choice plants, to an inviting and inventive children’s garden with myriad hands-on activities, there are delights to discover for everyone.

That afternoon, Open Days and the Ruettgers will welcome special guest, innovative urban farmer and educator, Annie Novak. In addition to creating Growing Chefs, her field-to-fork education nonprofit, and managing the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, Annie Novak co-founded Eagle Street Rooftop Farm—the nation’s first commercial organic green roof farm—in Brooklyn, NY. In this informal Digging Deeper event, Annie will be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions and talk about her recent book, The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm. With help from some Open Days friends, she will also be offering family activities celebrating our favorite fall pollinator—the monarch butterfly! 

Read more about the day here!

Admission is $7 per person, while children 12 and under are free. There will be no additional charge, but those who wish to participate in the programs with Annie Novak are asked to register in advance by calling the Open Days office at 845-424-6502 or emailing opendays@gardenconservancy.org. There will be limited registration at the door.

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