Vermont is poised for a great week of maple sugaring, with perfect weather forecast for a strong sap run. In another month or so, the sugar maples will be in full bloom. Some of our earliest flowers of the season are borne on shrubs and trees, including hazelnut—the earliest of them all. Michael Caduto's book, THROUGH A NATURALIST'S EYES: EXPLORING THE NATURE OF NEW ENGLAND, has an essay titled: "Beyond the Pussy Willow: Early Spring Wildflowers."
AND HERE'S A DESCRIPTION OF HIS UPCOMING PROGRAM:
SEX AND THE SINGLE MAPLE: Our Blooming Trees & Shrubs
Sunday, April 29, 1:00pm
Justin Morrill State Historic Site
How did the pussy willow get its puffs? Why do beautiful apple blossoms form fruit containing seeds with a trace of cyanide? Most of our flowering woody plants bear beautiful and inconspicuous blooms that often go unnoticed. From the delicate, crimson petals of hazelnut to the snow-white blooms of wild cherry, this program uses slides and stories to present the flowers and intriguing means of pollination of some common trees and shrubs. Well-known author, environmentalist and storyteller Michael Caduto leads this program for general audiences, wildflower enthusiasts, naturalists and aficionados of botanical puns.
You can visit the following link to read about the program, and to register online. Hope to see you there, and please spread the word!