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.
Photo by Kate Abbott