On April 20, 2016

See what’s blossoming first in Orwell’s annual guided wildflower walk

Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. — ORWELL — Mount Independence springs into spring with the annual guided wildflower walk on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at the State Historic Site in Orwell. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for more than 20 years, leads this informative program.  Olmsted is a horticulturist with Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol.

This is the first program of the 2016 season, a year when the Mount Independence State Historic Site celebrates the 50th anniversary of its trail system and the 240th anniversary of the start of American construction of this major Revolutionary War defense.

Olmsted will show participants how to look for early wildflowers and where, will identify the flowers you see and tell you their common and Latin names, and will discuss their habitat. Will the unusual winter have made any difference in what you see this spring? Every year is different. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water if you like.

The program is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15.  Meet at 1 p.m. outside the museum. The site is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.

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