Wildflower Trail–from Jackie and Tony Marro

Jackie Marro and Sara Bonthuis, the co-chairs of the Bennington Museum’s George Aiken Wildflower Trail project will present a program Saturday, March 19th at 10:30 at the Bennington Museum that will update the status of the project and detail the work already done by various volunteer groups last year. They also will distribute free packets of wildflower seeds as part of the program, which is titled: “Collect, Condition and Plant Wildflower Seeds”. The program is free and open to the public.
The plan for the George D. Aiken Wildflower Trail project is to create an extensive and lively garden of native plants in the Hadwen Woods, which is the six-acre stand of towering pine trees adjacent to the museum. The area was donated to the museum by the George Hadwen family. The trail itself is named for a person uniquely important to Vermont as a two-term governor (1939 to 1941), a six-term U.S. Senator, and a leader of the progressive wing of the Vermont Republican Party. But before he became known as a politician, Aiken was a nurseryman in Putney specializing in fruits, berries and wildflowers. In 1933 he wrote a book called “Pioneering With Wildflowers” that became so popular that it eventually went through five printings. The long-term plan is to line the trails through Hadwen Woods with many of the 255 different kinds of native flowers and 40 different kinds of ferns that Aiken himself not only loved but advocated in his book. Aiken both raised and sold from his farm in Putney without benefit of a greenhouse.
The native plants to be chosen for spring planting will be from Project Native which is based in Housatonic, Massachusetts and dedicated to stewardship of natural resources through the cultivation of native plants and the restoration of local landscapes.
The museum project, which is mainly a volunteer effort. Anyone interested in learning more about the March 19 meeting or about the Aiken project itself can contact Marro at jcminvt@hotmail.com, or Bonthuis at sarabonthuis@gmail.com or the museum’s Development Office at 447-1571.

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