Woods and fields

Three-petalled red trillium blooms on the forest floor.

Thom Smith explores Bartholomew’s Cobble

As the annual wildflower festival and native plant sale heads into its final weekend, Berkshire naturalist Thom Smith recalls a walk through Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of reservations Property in Sheffield along the Housatonic River. American author Hal Borland (1900 – 1978), best known for his nature musings, wrote, while living on his 100 acre farm on…

Thom Smith — Happy May Day

In New England (and old), May Day is traditionally a day for wildflowers. People would go Maying, giving bouquets, decorating the town center with flowers. They would play music and dance. The celebration has roots in Roman and Celtic holidays, and it’s easy to see the same kind of excitement now in the wildflower festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble all this week and the wildflower search at Lime Kiln Sanctuary on Saturday. So here, in celebration, Berkshire naturalist Thom Smith gathers wildflowers in Berkshire woods and fields, and his daughter, Laura Gross, offers a May tribute to each one.

Thom Smith — Spring in the wings

As crocuses open on these early warm days, Berkshire Naturalist Thom Smith finds signs of the changing season. From early April through mid May, woodland wildflowers appear in greatest numbers and variety. While we thrill at the golden blossoms of the cultivated forsythia, we often overlook the abundance of eye-catching wildflowers. Before foliage covers the…