Blooming azaleas and sweet pepperbush, and a boardwalk meander through a red maple swamp, are some of the highlights awaiting those on a guided walk through Bradley Park on Sunday, May 17, at noon.
Two days later, on May 19, there will be a talk at Wilton Library about landscaping to protect water quality.
The walk is the last this season of a group of guided walks though town parks sponsored by the Wilton Conservation Commission, the conservation committee of the Wilton Garden Club and the Norwalk River Watershed Association. Conservation Commissioner Susan DiLoreto will lead the walk from the entrance at Oak Ledge Lane. She will focus on the geology of the park, trees and understory plantings, and wildflowers. She will also talk about etiquette in the town’s open spaces.
Bradley Park encompasses 82.5 acres on Wolfpit Road. Six trails varying in length from one-third of a mile to just over a mile take visitors through woodlands and along a small stream. The boardwalk trail through the red maple swamp is a major feature of the park, but there is also a dry ridge top as well as impressive rock ledges. Tree species include oak, maple and tulip poplar. There are also many ferns and shrubs.
Walkers will not only see and learn about native plants of interest but also invasive species common to this area. At the end of the one-hour walk there will be time for questions and refreshments.
RSVP to 203-210-5240.