Keeler’s Ridge Meadow
This 5 acre parcel of retired farm field is undergoing a multiple year project to renew the natural meadow. The project began in 2001, during that year the meadow was cleared of large invasive shrubs, plants and vines as the initial prep work for the following year’s planting. In early spring 2002, cool-season grasses left from former days as a cow pasture were removed, and in June, 2002 the field was planted with native grasses and wild flowers.
The planting plan was for the more deep-rooted warm season grasses and showy native flowers. First the plan was to better support the land because the meadow is in the Norwalk Rivershed. Runoff from busy Route 33 could be filtered by the deep roots of a warm-season meadow before running into Henderson’s Pond which borders the west side. The second reason was for a showy display of late summer flowers to reward the eye of travelers on Route 33.
Paths have been mowed in the meadow and visitors are invited to park and stroll through it year round. Late July, August and the first half of September are considered prime, being the most colorful. Spring ephemeral flowers are also worth a close-up look. The frost on dried seed heads are stark and splendid, and viewing in all seasons is recommended.
Directions:From Wilton Center, go north on Ridgefield Road (Route 33), and halfway between Wilton and Ridgefield, just north of Kent Pond and south of the firehouse, Keelers Ridge Field can be found on the left-hand side of Route 33. Keller’s Ridge Meadow
Parking: Along the split-rail fence that fronts Route 33, or just north of the property on Carriage Road.
Access:off Ridgefield Road
Trails: Walking trails have been mowed into the field.
Ownership: Town of Wilton with a conservation easement granted to the Wilton Land Conservation Trust.
Land Trust Contact: Wilton Land Conservation Trust