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Newton Conservators is pleased to present its first ever online webinar series. In past years, we welcomed you to fall walks in Newton’s open spaces. With continuing concerns for social

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Places to go . . .

Are you looking for something to do with your kids? Being out in nature, sharing open space with all the plants and animals that live there, can help to entertain

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WINTERBERRY, Ilex verticillata

November Winterberry grows to be six to 10 feet high. You will find winterberry in both wet and dry soils in woodlands, swamps, bogs and along the edges of ponds.

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Aster

September ASTERS have star-shaped flower heads. There are many different kinds of aster and most of them bloom in late summer or early fall. A common aster of woods and

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CARDINAL FLOWER, Lobelia cardinalis

August Cardinal flower is a striking plant standing two to five feet tall. It has scarlet petals the color of a cardinal’s robe. The flower is a long tube with

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SPOTTED WINTERGREEN, Chimaphila maculata

July Spotted Wintergreen, also known as striped prince’s-pine or pipsissewa, is an attractive sub-shrub of the forest floor conspicuous by its waxy, dark green leaves, which have a white stripe

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LITTLE WOOD SATYR, Megisto cymela

June At the woodland edge, near meadows and fields, look for the little wood satyr, which is a member of the brushfoot family of butterflies. Its brown wings span about

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JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT, Arisaema triphyllum

May Jack-in-the-Pulpit is a spectacular plant common in moist woods. It grows one to three feet high. The flower consists of a green- and purple-striped canopy over a spathe or

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SPICEBUSH, Lindera benzoin

April Spicebush is a fairly common large shrub in the understory near streams and in lowlands. Spicebush grows slowly, reaching up to 10 feet high and two to eight feet

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TROUT LILY, Erythronium americanum

May Trout Lily is also known as dogtooth violet or yellow adder’s tongue. It grows in colonies in moist woods. Yellow, nodding flowers are carried singly above the basal mottled

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SHADBUSH, Amelanchier canadensis

April Shadbush is a multi-stemmed, vase-shaped shrub, the smallest of the many serviceberry species, which grows to be 10 to 20 feet high and five to 10 feet wide. Shadbush

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COMMON HAIR CAP MOSS, Polytrichum commune

February Common Hair Cap Moss forms lush green carpets on moist, slightly acid soils in the woodlands of Newton. This moss gets its name from the hairs that cover the

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