LIVERMORE — Michael Hicks, a native plant specialist who lives in Bethel, will lead a tour of several orchid locations in Livermore at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2. Rain date will be Friday, June 3.
The tour will begin at the History House in North Livermore and visit locations at the Spruce Mountain ski hillside and cross country trails; a wooded area near Tim Cox’s home on Route 4; and an open swamp area (called a “heath” on Livermore’s first map of 1771).
Thursday’s tour is the first of many scheduled for this summer. The Livermore Memorial Arboretum is the sponsor. Tours will take place on public lands and honors Norman B. Livermore Jr. who was a Californian and national leader in preservation of native trees and in use of trees for lumber. He advocated for balanced preservation and forest uses. His ancestor was the first permanent settler and leader in Livermore, Elijah Livermore in 1779.
A pamphlet, “The Orchids of Maine” by Jean Elizabeth Wallace, will be a source of orchid locations. Although dated in 1951, it gives many locations and details about hard-to-find orchids.
For additional information, call Dennis Stires at 897-4222.