Fishermen on a pier

Marshmallow plant among Cat Tails

Marshmallow candy originated in ancient Egypt.  Elsewhere, it was used in the 19th century as a cough suppressant, immune system booster and wound healer.

Doctors extracted juice from the plant’s roots, cooked it with sugar and egg whites and whipped it into a foamy meringue that hardened into a medicinal candy.

Alas.  Progress stepped in and eliminated the need for the root juice, thereby eliminating the candy’s healing properties and leaving us with only the joys of processed food.

Horsetail/Snake Grass,/Puzzlegrass among leaves of three

Horsetail is a “living fossil”, the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopside. 

For over 100,000,000 years, this class of plants dominated the floor of late Paleozoic forests.  Some plants took the form of trees almost 100 feet tall.

Primitive Horsetails, like Ferns, reproduce through spores.

Male Eastern Bluebird

Monarch Butterfly inspecting Milkweed

The hikers meet every Thursday morning at 9 AM at a different park or natural area in Lake County.

Nick Standering, Recreation Coordinator, organizes the walks and has arranged to have Tom Yates, retired Holden horticulturist, accompany us as an interpretive guide—they don’t come any better.


Thursday, July 5 – *New Trail* Lake Erie Bluffs – 2901 Clark Rd. Perry Township  (Metroparks reports tick sightings, so wear long pants.)

Thursday, July 12 – Hell Hollow – 14435 Leroy Center Rd.

Thursday, July 19 – Veterans Park – 5730 Hopkins Road

Thursday, July 26 – Mentor Marsh – 5185 Corduroy Road

The center will not cancel the hikes due to inclement weather; we leave it up to each individual participant if they feel it’s safe.

Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as July looks to be pretty steamy!

Contact Nick Standering, Mentor Senior Center Recreation Coordinator at  standering@cityofmentor.com for a monthly schedule of interpretive walks.

Photos copyright Carole Clement


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