Houghton Garden Fern Walk

Houghton Garden Fern Walk


Saturday, 09/25/2021    
11:00 am - 1:30 pm


Houghton Garden at MBTA tracks
210 Suffolk Road, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467

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This garden remains from the Houghton Estate and is now part of the Webster Conservation Area complex near Hammond Pond that runs from Route 9 north beyond the MBTA Riverside line. The garden, only lightly managed now, retains a variety of flowering plants and a diversity of ferns.  We will see more than a dozen fern species and one clubmoss. Park on Suffolk Road (off Hammond Street.)  and meet near the gate at Woodman Road. Be prepared for insects and some poison ivy.  Bring any native fern you would like Don to identify.

Don Lubin is a leading New England fern expert, who has been growing ferns since 1980 and doing field identification since 1991. He has led workshops and field trips since 1998 for the Native Plant Trust and others. Don assisted Cheryl Lowe and Elizabeth Farnsworth in their revision of Boughton Cobb’s Field Guide To The Ferns and is a co-author of the Newton Conservators Almanac and other publications. For more information on ferns, please visit Don’s informative website nefern.info. A video of Don’s Webinar last fall is now available on our YouTube Channel. Bring any native fern you would like Don to identify.

Trip Leader: Don Lubin (617-254-8464)