Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

Laurel Ridge Narcissus Plantings

In last Sunday’s sermon Pastor Erick mentioned his two recent visits to the narcissus plantings on Wigwam Road in Litchfield. In 1941 Remy and Virginia Morosani moved to the Northfield section of Litchfield to operate a farm. One of their fields was just too rocky and otherwise difficult to farm. Instead they planted 10,000 narcissus (or daffodil, a kind of narcissus) bulbs. The original plantings multiplied each year and the Morosani’s dug, separated and replanted each year into the 1960’s, expanding the original two acres to 15. This treasure has been more recently maintained by the Laurel Ridge Foundation.

In late April or early May it is well worth a visit. Visitors are encouraged to walk the paths and take photos. Pets and picnics are not allowed. Some of the paths are easy, others are more difficult, including clambering over a stone wall and the climb up the stone steps (see 2nd picture).

From Route 118 between Litchfield and Route 8 take Route 254 South for just over 3 miles. Then look for a right turn onto Wigwam Road and proceed 1.2 miles. The plantings will be on your left and you will certainly know when you have arrived.

You can get a sense of the scope of the plantings by looking for the people pictured below at the middle right near the pond.

 

Pictures by Bill Eckert on April 29, 2021

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