Sheffield, MA – March 31, 2017 – Witness one the most spectacular showings of native flowers in the Berkshires during the second annual Wildflower Festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, Massachusetts this spring, with tours daily from April 15-May 7. Visitors are encouraged to return for multiple visits, as the Cobble during this magical time provides a new experience every week.
Often referred to as “spring ephemerals,” these delicate wildflowers, such as white and red trilliums, spring beauty, bloodroot, toothwort, wild ginger, blue cohosh and violets are typical to New England forests. They take advantage of the small window when conditions are just right: plenty of moisture from melting snow, soil that has started to warm as a result of the spring temperatures, and sunlight that can still reach through the limbs of tall trees that have yet to leaf out.
What makes this display at Bartholomew’s Cobble so unique is the sheer number and diversity of plants in a very small area. So rare is this display that “the Cobble” was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1971, the second in Massachusetts. Bordering the Housatonic River in Sheffield, the 329-acre reservation is dense with unique rock outcroppings, small caves and over 800 plant species, including 29 listed by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program, and 53 species of ferns and fern allies – one of the most diverse and natural assemblages of ferns in the United States.
Wildflowers, however, aren’t the only amazing part of the Festival. During the winter, volunteers from three states make the decision to give their time and become wildflower guides. They are trained extensively in the ecology and geology of the property and then learn to craft their own wildflower tours. Each guide brings something unique to the Festival, but all are passionate about teaching others the magic and science of these gorgeous plants at this spectacular property.
Daily tours will begin April 15th, at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM, at approximately 45 minutes in length; $5 for Trustees members and $10 for nonmembers. Each tour has limited space; reservations for groups larger than five are strongly recommended.
For more information about the Spring Wildflower Festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble and a full list of activities, visit www.thetrustees.org. You can also contact Carrieanne at 413.298.3239 x3013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trustees preserves and cares for some of Massachusetts’ most treasured natural, scenic, and historic sites for public use and enjoyment. Founded in 1891 and celebrating our 125th Anniversary from May 2016-2017, The Trustees is the first land preservation nonprofit of its kind in the world and the Commonwealth’s largest conservation and preservation organization. With a passion for protecting the irreplaceable for everyone, forever, The Trustees is focusing its renewed mission on connecting more people of all ages and interests to outdoor recreation, culture, agriculture, and healthy, active living using its 116 diverse properties, community spaces, and over 5,000 annual programs as a powerful and compelling platform. Located within minutes of every resident and visited by 1.75 million people in 2016, Trustees properties span more than 27,000 acres across the state – from working farms, landscaped and urban gardens, and community parks, to barrier beaches, forests, campgrounds, inns and historic sites, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. The Trustees is also a worldwide model and active leader in land conservation, serving as the largest private holder of conservation restrictions of any entity in the state, overseeing the protection of more than 20,000 acres, and working with community’s partners to protect additional land, totaling over 25,000 acres to date. Also leader in the local, sustainable food movement, The Trustees operates five working farms with CSA programs, holds over 2,000 acres of farmland, and is a founding partner of the Boston Public Market, the first all locally-sourced indoor market of its kind in the nation, where it runs all educational programming at the Market’s demonstration KITCHEN and is one of 40 on-site vendors. Funded by our nearly 125,000 members and supported by many generous donors, partners, and volunteers, The Trustees invites all to get out, get inspired, and find magic in the moment through a Trustees program or property: www.thetrustees.org.