Wildflower Show this weekend

Special to The CambrianApril 25, 2012 

Many years wildflower fans find themselves driving to Shell Creek, Carrizo Plain, Death Valley and Anza Borrego for the spring bloom. This weekend, wildflower lovers can take a short trip to the Veterans Memorial Building in Cambria and see as many if not more varities of wildflowers.

Hundreds will again be on display for the annual Cambria Wildflower Show. Collectors with permits gather wildflowers from the areas nearby, from the county line to the Morro Bay estuary and from the Pacific Ocean to the ridge of the Santa Lucia Mountains, exploring along Highway 1, San Simeon Creek Road, Santa Rosa Creek Road, Highway 46, Santa Rita Creek Road and on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. They bring back fresh samples of what they find for the public to see, learn from and enjoy.

Each flower will be labeled with its botanical name and family, along with its common name. Over 400 individual specimens are expected to be on display.

Picking wildflowers should only be done by permit or with permission for educational purposes, but taking photos and recording finds is encouraged. Recording blooming times each year helps to document global warming trends, among other things.

The eighth annual Wildflower Show runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at 1000 Main St. A donation of $3 will be taken at the door. All students are admitted free.

Wildflower books, seeds and plants will be available for purchase and the “Wildflower Café” will serve light fare both days. A photo contest with judging by the public is a new feature this year.

For more information, call 927-2856 or email ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net.

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