The Middlesex Fells Reservation (located in the Mystic River Watershed!) has an impressive diversity of 30 different habitat types that spring from its unique geology, topography, hydrology, soil, and climate. These habitats support a rich diversity of flora and fauna that is unusual for a metropolitan setting. Come learn about the exceptional biodiversity of this urban forest, first set aside as a reservation in 1894. We will focus on only some of the more than 500 species of native plants that grow here. And we will look for lessons about how these local plant communities might also inform the design of our own gardens.
Dr. Bryan Hamlin is the lead author of a nine-year study of the Fells' flora published in 2012, titled Changes in the Vascular Flora of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, from 1895-2011. He is the Chairman of the Friends of Middlesex Fells Reservation, and the President of the New England Botanical Club.
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Free and open to all.