Learning about native trees and shrubs at MacPhail workshop

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ORWELL – Wildflowers are in bloom, songbirds have returned and the trees and shrubs have awakened from their winter slumber. It’s the perfect time for a trek through the woods.

That’s all part of a workshop on native trees and shrubs being offered to the public at the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell on Saturday, June 21. Led by staff of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, the workshop begins at 10 a.m. at the nursery and will focus on all things related to native trees and shrubs.

Plants, such as the American fly honeysuckle and red maple, are sporting their new spring attire. Blue-bead lilies, trilliums and starflowers are now in full bloom after a long spring. The migrant songbirds have returned to the woodlands as well.

This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to identify native plants, attract wildlife and restore forests. Participants will learn easy tips for distinguishing a wide variety of species throughout the year and their value to Island wildlife.

The nursery and arboretum offer a close look at different types of maples, dogwoods, elders, pines and many species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns. Many larger specimens of our native trees can be found along the woodland trails.

There is no admission and everyone is welcome. Be sure to bring clothes suitable to weather conditions.

The workshop is part of an extensive series of outdoor activities at Macphail Woods, a project of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island. For more information on this or upcoming tours and workshops, check out the website macphailwoods.org, contact Gary Schneider at 651-2575, or check out their Facebook page.

Organizations: Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island

Geographic location: Orwell

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