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Evening Spring Plant Walk in Ellicott City

Plant Walk in Howard County Near Enchanted Forest

This small stream valley, mostly on private land, contains a diversity of species: spring beauty, fringe tree, blackhaw viburnum, arrowwood, mapleleaf viburnum, spicebush, oak, hickory, red maple, dogwood, black gum, ash, tulip tree, beech, wild geranium, false solomon's seal, bedstraw, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple, New York fern, sensitive fern, blackberry, and sedges. This is the third year that we will explore this area as we add to our survey of its flora and note changes over time.

Leader:  Heidi Pringle, Natural History Society of Maryland and Maryland Native Plant Society

Cost: FREE

Notes: A climb down a small steep hill is necessary to enter the forest.  There is also a stream crossing that requires a big step over the shallow stream.  There are only animal trails, and participants are asked to be very careful not to step on the native plants.  The leader has not encountered any deer ticks, just one dog tick, but tick populations change each year.  Please take precautions for ticks. Wear long pants, since there is an area with poison ivy that must be crossed.

Bring: hand lens, pad and pencil/pen, rain gear, boots

Directions: From Rte. 29 take Rte. 40 West past Chatham Road then make the first left onto Plumtree Drive. At the end of Plumtree Drive make a right onto Frederick Road. Make the first left at the sign for the Ellicott City Senior Center (9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD[masked]), and park right there next to Frederick Road in the former Miller Branch Library parking lot.  The new Miller Branch Library is now on the other side of the new buildings that are being built in front of the Ellicott City Senior Center, where the old Miller Branch Library used to be.  (I have a silver Toyota Yaris.)

Cancellation Policy: In the event of heavy rain, the walk will be held the following Tuesday at the same time.  Check this meetup event announcement for cancellation information.

Contact: Heidi Pringle - [masked]

Co-Sponsored with the Maryland Native Plant Society

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  • Pam J.

    This was a terrific activity! I'm very grateful to Heidi and Charlie! I learned a lot and I'm very happy to have found this group.

    May 14, 2014

  • Anita T.

    Thanks Heidi, Charlie, and all the other experts. It was a delightful evening; very fun to see so much close by.

    May 14, 2014

  • Ned T.

    it turned out to be a beautiful evening. Heidi and Charlie did a wonderful job. What a collection of plants!! Thanks so much.

    May 14, 2014

  • Nymbus B.

    Did everyone leave?

    May 13, 2014

  • Ned T.

    and thunderstorms should not last very long - I hope.

    May 13, 2014

  • Heidi

    The thunderstorms predicted are hit or miss, and might pass before 6, so I would like to try to hold the field trip tomorrow.

    1 · May 12, 2014

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