Wildflower Weekend at Natural Bridge, April 19-21, 2013

Kentucky Wildflowers are Almost Too Beautiful for Words

Black-Eyed Susans

You already know how obsessed I am with animals and birds – but you may not know that I’m just as over-the-edge nuts over flowers and trees.  The picture above was taken at Rough River Dam State Resort Park last year – at one point I was, literally, sitting amongst the flowers, joyfully photographing them like it was my job.  At one point, I realized that a heron was watching me, I guess she was wondering what kind of flower loving species I was.  Because of my infatuation with the gorgeous black-eyed susans, I missed a couple of really, really, really great pictures I could have taken of the heron.

Ah, Nature girl problems.

A news item came through me e-mail like a ray of sunshine this morning.  Natural Bridge State Resort Park has an event coming up (in mid-April) that’s custom made for those of us who lose ourselves in flowers.

The Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend, April 19-21, is a chance for botanists, gardeners and nature lovers to enjoy the hundreds of species of native plants at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

Field trips and walks will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, April 19; 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20; and at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 21. All field trips leave from the Hemlock Lodge lobby.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening in the Woodland Center, Dr. Jennifer Koslow, assistant professor of plant ecology at Eastern Kentucky University, will give a presentation about the EKU Running Buffalo Clover Project. A wildflower activity and social hour will follow.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening in the Woodland Center, the Kentucky Native Plant Society will have their general meeting followed at 7 p.m. with a presentation titled “Rare Plant Conservation” by Deborah White, botanist and natural heritage coordinator for the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission. At 7:30 p.m. special guest speaker Rudy Mancke, naturalist in residence for the University of South Carolina and host of the TV show, “NatureScene”, will speak about “Connections and Biodiversity.” At 8:30 p.m., the Woodland Center will remain open for a social hour.

On-site registration fee is $10 per adult and $3 per child. Registration is open 30 minutes before all field trips and presentations. A detailed agenda will be available at registration. For more information about Wildflower Weekend, contact Brian Gasdorf at brian.gasdorf@ky.gov or call 1-800-325-1710.

For more information about the Kentucky Native Plant Society, click the link.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the larger natural arches in the state and is surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, cottages and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information call 1-800-325-1710 or visit the Natural Bridge State Resort Park section on Kentucky State Parks’ Official Website.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington and two miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.

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