B&A; Trail Park visitors get exercise and a view


WALKERS, BIKERS, in-line skaters and joggers get more than a workout when they visit Central County's portion of the B&A; Trail Park. They get a wonderful view.

The 13-mile trail passes through lovely residential settings and stretches of quiet woodland. Springtime and a dedicated crew of volunteers have brought beauty to the trail. The early blossoms of the Bradford pear trees, tulips and daffodils have been replaced by an explosion of color in beds of white and purple wildflowers edging the trail.

"The wildflowers that you see from Evergreen Road are daisies and dame's rocket," said Ranger David DeVault. "These beds are 2 years old. It takes a couple of years for the flowers to develop into mature plants."

DeVault will lead a wildflower walk Sunday at 1 p.m. It begins on the trail just behind the movie theaters in Pasadena Crossroads Shopping Center, at Jumpers Hole and Elvaton roads.

Along the 1.5-mile walk, which was postponed last week because of rain, the are pink lady's slipper, spiderwort and other spring-blooming flowers.

Call 410-222-6244.

Also new to the trail's horticultural scene are newly planted, more formal gardens that grace the 1 1/2 -acre Hatton-Regester Green bordering the trail at the wooden gazebo.

Designed by Elizabeth Wyble of the Friends of the B & A Trail and installed and maintained by the Severn River, Holly Berry and Moonflower garden clubs, these gardens were just planted with small trees, hollies, peonies and azaleas.

"This is not just a garden club project," Wyble said. "Bill Dyott and his staff at Severna Flowers and Gifts; Stan LeBar, president of the Friends, and members of the Severn River Rugby Team have been helping to develop and plant the gardens."

By the end of this month, the perennial gardens will be planted, the walkways top-dressed with stone dust and new benches added.

"Ninety percent of the shrubs and trees are in," Wyble said. "By the end of month, the water garden with its pond will be installed by the Friends."

Commemorative bricks are being sold for $100 each to complete the entrance to the gardens.

Your family can become part of this project by calling 410-647-6621.

Winning bands

Congratulations to the symphonic and concert bands at Archbishop Spalding High School and their director, Stephanie Huesgen, who just returned from a successful trip to Virginia Beach where both bands won first place in their divisions during the North American Music Festival.

One hundred and twenty-two Spalding students participated in the event that drew 35 ensembles from 10 Eastern states. The awards ceremony was in Das Festhaus at Busch Gardens.

Retirement planning

Yvette Hranicka Van Gunten, financial associate with EQ Financial Consultants Inc., will discuss retirement planning from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. May 27 at the Annapolis Women's Network meeting at the YWCA Building in Arnold. Call 410-974-0147.

Pub Date: 5/14/98

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