Annual Tree for All

This year’s Tree for All plant is silky dogwood (Cornus amomum).  HCT members are invited to pick up a free seedling on Saturday 4/27 at the Transfer Station from 8:00 – 12:00, and Sunday 4/28 at the Town Green across from the General Store from 9:30 – 12:00.  Seedlings will also be available for purchase for $5.00 each while supplies last.

A medium-sized shrub of the understory, silky dogwood can grow to be 6 – 10 feet tall, growing a rounded crown and spreading by suckering to form thickets.  In the wild it is usually found in or near wetlands and floodplains.  It is a great plant for a hedge or border and can also be used as a specimen in naturalized landscapes.  Its tiny yellowish-white flowers in flat-topped clusters usually bloom in late spring to early summer. Flowers give way to attractive berry-like fruit that turn a porcelain-like blue as they mature in late summer. Several bird species are attracted to them. While silky dogwood prefers to grow in moist, partially shaded areas, it is quite adaptable and can grow in sunny areas with less than optimal moisture as well.

Photo courtesy of Roland Boutwell.

Harvard Lions Club Winter Fest

Saturday March 2, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

We hope you will come out for some community fun and comradery during Winter Fest at Prospect Hill Farm (115 Prospect Hill Road) – guided nature walks, orchard wassailing and more fun activities outside; live music and refreshments inside the heated barn. Free and family friendly. To learn more visit the Lion’s e-clubhouse @ http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/harvardma/page-6.php.

Harvard’s Newest Conservation Land

HCT is happy to announce that the scenic field on Slough Road known as John’s Field is officially Harvard’s newest conservation area – a gift to the community, including future generations! We simply could not do projects like this without membership support. Please renew or join HCT during our year-end appeal (Donate). Help keep Harvard a verdant and healthy home for people and wildlife.

For more info, photos, and map of John’s Field please visit: https://harvardconservationtrust.org/muller-conservation-collaborative/johns-field/

Annual New Years Day Walk

Per tradition, HCT likes to ring in the New Year with a stroll among Harvard’s forests and fields.  Nothing sets the tone for the year ahead like a leisurely walk with friends and neighbors in the crisp rejuvenating air of January.  This year, in the spirit of cooperation and good company, we will have the walk at Bowers Springs Conservation Land, which straddles the towns of Harvard and Bolton.  Meet at the parking lot of the main entrance at the end of Flanagan Road in Bolton (just over the line).  From the center of Harvard, pass the schools, stay straight on Bolton Road, cross over into Bolton, and take the second right onto Flanagan Road and follow it to the end.  Parking area is on the left.  The walk starts at 11:00am, is about 2.5 miles and should take about 1 hour. We will walk though fields and woods and pass a lovely pond.  Sorry, but due to the group size, this is a dog-free event.  Dress weather appropriate; in the event of hazardous weather, the walk will be cancelled and posted on NextDoor Harvard by 9:00am on the day of the event.

Directions to the parking lot can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yc97bju9