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Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary: The particulars

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF NORCROSS WILDLIFE SANTUARY<br/>Rue Anemone (anemonella thalictroides)
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF NORCROSS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY<br/>Yellow Lady Slipper and Foam Flower (Cypriperidum parviflorum)
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF NORCROSS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY<br/>Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata)
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF NORCROSS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY<br/>Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia cu)
  • CHERYL WILSON<br/>Leslie Duthrie
  • CHERYL WILSON<br/>Leslie Duthrie

The sanctuary, known locally as Tupper Hill, was founded and liberally endowed by Monson native Arthur Norcross, of Norcross Greeting Cards.

The visitor center has displays of beautiful photographs of flowers and animals and birds, mostly taken by Leslie Duthie, as well as changing exhibits on wildlife. Currently there is a spooky bat cave (great for children) and a display about moose. There is a charming collection of wooden carved birds common in our area.

There are several free brochures, including “75 Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers,” which will help you identify the plants and start your own garden. Bring along a “Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide” which Duthie called the “bird guide for wildflowers.” Duthie said she is willing to answer garden questions over the phone. Her number is 267-4859.

ADDRESS: 30 Peck Road, Wales.

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays from April through October. It is also open Mondays, beginning June 1. Closed Sundays and legal holidays.

Admission: Free

contact: 267-9654; www.norcrossws.org. There are good driving directions on the site plus a bloom list, which is updated every Friday.

There is ample free parking and picnic tables under trees.

— Cheryl B. Wilson


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Spring is the time to enjoy drifts of daffodils and clusters of bright, flashy tulips. It is also prime time to appreciate the delicate gems of native woodland wildflowers. “Peak bloom for woodland wildflowers is mid-May through mid-June,” says Leslie Duthie, horticulturist and plant propagator for the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Wales. From hepatica in early spring to trilliums and …

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