For lovers of those delicate flowers awakened by sunlight that reaches the forest floor before the trees unfold their leaves, three walks coming up at The Quarry Gardens may be of interest.

On Wednesday, March 22 at 2 p.m., and Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m., QGs co-founder Bernice Thieblot will lead tours of spring ephemerals. On Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m., genial botanist and noted wildflower blogger Cynthia Wood, will guide.

Plants we may expect to find in the galleries along the main trail around the quarry pools include Rue anemone (blooming among the Giant’s Stairs in the featured image); also, Shooting star, Rue anemone, Pussytoes, Wild columbine, Green and gold, Dwarf larkspur, Wild geranium, Alumroot, Bluets, Dwarf crested iris, Golden ragwort, Native phlox, Mayapple, Solomon’s seal, Wild pink, Spring beauty, Foamflower, Mountain and Perfoliated bellworts, Heartleaf, Golden alexanders—and many others. All lead interesting lives. In a year, more than 600 locally native plants may be found here. Given this year’s early spring, who knows what we may find?

To join a walk, go to, and sign up. If none of those dates suit you, you’ll find other events listed as well.

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