Self-guided Spring Plant Walks Offered At Brushy Hills

Self-guided Spring Plant Walks Offered At Brushy Hills

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT. (photo by David Rosher)

Self-guided Spring Plant Walks Offered At Brushy Hills

LARGE-FLOWERED TRILLUM. (photo by David Rosher)

Self-guided Spring Plant Walks Offered At Brushy Hills

WILD GINGER, with maroon flower at the base of the stems. (photo by David Rosher)

Watch spring unfolding in the Brushy Hills woodland preserve by taking a self-guided walk organized by members of the local chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS).

Plant lists and trail maps are available in the kiosk at the Brushy Hills trailhead on Union Run in Lexington. Walkers can also download the list, with photographs, to their mobile phones. Numbered flags along the Salamander and Turtle trails correspond to plants identified on the list along with information about each species.

“You’ll get acquainted with plants in flower, plants already making seeds, and plants that will flower later. We’ve also included some ferns and vines, and a few young bushes and trees,” noted Peggy-Dyson Cobb, who organized the walk with Jan Smith, both VNPS members. “The flags will be in place well into May so visitors can come back and see the plants at a later stage,” she added.

The walk is co-sponsored by the Friends of Brushy Hills. Alexia Smith, a member of the Friends, made a request:”We do ask that people not pick the flowers. You might explain to kids that these flowers weren’t just planted here by people. Their seeds have come from generations of mother plants. These wildflowers have grown up here, and this is their home.”

Brushy Hills Preserve is the property of the City of Lexington. To reach the trailhead from downtown, drive to the end of Ross Road (2.3 miles from the city limits) and turn right on Union Run. Continue 0.6 miles to the Brushy Hills Trails sign and Town Spring, a low stone building on the right.

For more information about either sponsoring organization, or about the walk, send email to Peggy Dyson-Cobb at cobbking@rockbridge.net or Alexia Smith at alexia@rockbridge.net.

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