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See Groton’s rhododendrons

It’s rhododendron time at Groton Place in Groton!

The public is invited to stroll the beautiful pathway planted by the Dumaine family in the 1920s. Rhododendron Maximum, a native species, is blooming along the full length of the Rhododendron Trail. Blooms range from ground level to 15 feet high. Trees along this trail have been managed over the years to provide for partial sunlight, which the rhododendron prefer.

Groton Place is conveniently located on Long Hill Road/Route 225, just east of the Nashua River. Enter at the main gate, cross over the 1928 bridge and dam, and continue straight, keeping the Groton Hunt memorial on your right. As you enter the woods, keep to the right.

If you bring your dog, it must have current rabies and town registration tags. Please keep your dog on a leash at least between your car and the first field. The dog must be under your control at all times, and Groton Animal Control makes regular visits. Also, please use a free “mutt mitt” from the dispenser, to clean up after your pooch. Three trash barrels are provided to dispose of the mutt mitts.

Come to Groton Place — a local gem we can be proud of! It is open from dawn to dusk every day. New England Forestry Foundation, owner of the property, is a private, non-profit organization. It encourages respectful public visits. Maintenance of the property is funded by contributions from the public.

Groton Place comprises 54 acres. It was given by the Trustees of the Frederick Dumaine Trust in 1975.

Rick Muehlke

Property Manager, New England Forestry Foundation