Orzech Family Farm Preserve
Weller's Bridge Road, Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut
112 acres


US 84 east to exit 7 for Route 7 north;  get off at the first exit, for Federal Road; turn left at the light and then right at the next light; take Federal Road north to a right turn onto Route 133; drive 3.5 miles to cross the bridge from the town of Brookfield to the town of Bridgewater; keep driving on Route 133 to its junction with Route 67; turn right onto Route 67 east; drive into the town of Roxbury; turn right onto Weller's Bridge Road and shortly park along the road before getting to the bridge.. The land is on both sides of the Shepaug River. 


1924  -- the Orzech family established a farm in the area.

2002 (September 11)  --  the Roxbury Land Trust acquires the property from Edward F. and Elizabeth M. Orzech.


8/12/2005.  On a hot day, Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I walked along the Shepaug River (north side) for a short distance.  It was too hot to stay out long as most of the surrounding area is field.  The river is very shallow and much of the vegetation is somewhat dried out.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney. 

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

* =  plant(s) blooming on date of field trip, 8/12/2005

Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs and Subshrubs:
Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)  -- hedge of it
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

Apios americana (groundnut)
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Cuscuta sp. (dodder)     *
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Amaranthus sp. (retroflexus) (green amaranth)     *
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)   
Apocynum sp. (dogbane)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)    
Aster spp. (asters)     *
Cardamine impatiens (narrow-leaved bittercress)
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Conyza canadensis (horseweed)     *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)     *
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane)       *
Eupatorium fistulosum (trumpetweed)     *
Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge)     *
Euphorbia nutans (eyebane spurge)     *
Geum canadense (white avens)      *
Helianthus sp. (strumosus)  (pale-leaved sunflower) ?     *
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket)
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)     
Lapsana communis (nipplewort)     *
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)     *
Lindernia dubia (false pimpernel)     *
Ludwigia palustris (water purslane)     *
Lycopus sp. (bugleweed)     *
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)     
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)      *
Mimulus ringens (monkey flower)     *
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)     *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)     *
Penthorum sedoides (ditch stonecrop)     
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)   
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)    *
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Scutellaria lateriflora (mad-dog skullcap)     *
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod)     *
Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod)     *
Trifolium pratense (red clover)    *
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle)     *
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall nettle)     *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)

Cyperus strigosus (umbrella sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Eragrostis cilianensis (stink grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)

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