Site 10: RHS Boat House

The vilest deeds like poison weeds

Bloom well in prison air:

Is it only what is good in man

That wastes and withers there:

Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate

And the Warder is Despair.

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde - The Ballad of Reading Gaol

 

Site 10 sits just behind the RHS boat house. From this area, visitors to the site have a beautiful view of the first of two small salt ponds that have been created behind the old sea wall that runs the length of RHS campus along Potowomut Neck. As you walk behind the boat house, the trail will move you through high tide bush, bayberry stands, and cedar trees. Poison Ivy has also colonized the area. As you examine the plant life in this area, remember the age-old saying before you touch anything: "Leaves of three - let it be.

The salt ponds are often full of birds: swans, snowy egrets, and great blue herons are some of the most common. These birds come into the ponds with the tides to find food. At low tides (or with waders), visitors can walk from this end of the trail to the other - mind your step, some areas are slippery! If you are visiting at high tides, you should probably consider going around the long way. The salt ponds are subject to the changing tides, so are often areas of great changes in tidal height, salinity, water temperature, etc.

Land of Fires - Chapter 10