About Ashumet Holly
At the heart of Ashumet Holly is an eight-acre coastal plain pond, considered a globally rare natural community attracting over 30 species of dragonflies and rare pondshore wildflowers. The sanctuary is also known for its 1,000 holly trees of 65 varieties. Barn Swallows, Baltimore Orioles, and other migratory birds nest at the sanctuary and five vernal pools were created to restore the threatened Eastern Spadefoot Toad.
- The rare Franklinia tree, descendant of one discovered in 1770 and no longer found in the wild, which blooms in the fall on the north side of Grassy Pond.
- The tallest holly on the property along with a secluded natural vernal pool on Mystery Tree Trail.
- Resident Barn Swallows that can be seen May to August through the kiosk shed and over the fields, scooping up insects in flight.
- Programs held year-round through Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.