7th Annual Wildflower Show is blooming this weekend

Special to The CambrianApril 25, 2013 

Have you ever wondered about the wildflowers, shrubs and trees you see flowering on your spring walks and drives on the Central Coast? Do you have questions about what makes a wildflower a native or an alien? If you have, you can have your wildflower questions answered at the Seventh Annual Cambria Wildflower Show, presented by Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

The show will be held on Saturday, April 27, from noon until 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St. You will see a display of fresh wildflowers collected from the Monterey County line to the Morro Bay Estuary and from the coastal bluffs to the ridge of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Each fresh flower will be labeled with its botanical name and family, along with its common name. More than 400 individual specimens are expected to be on display.

The purpose of the show is to enhance the enjoyment of wildflowers by educating, through viewing. Permitted and trained teams of collectors will be picking flowers for educational purposes, from habitats with large populations, so that people can learn to respect them in their natural habitats without picking the flowers themselves.

The wildflower show will be free to students of all ages, but others will be asked to pay a $3 donation at the door to help cover costs. A reference list will be provided to everyone attending, and a species list will be available for purchase. These will be valuable aids to those who would like to continue investigating the wildflowers they see every day.

Wildflower books and seeds will be for sale. There will be a variety of native plants for sale, and light fare and beverages will be available in the “Wildflower Café” during the wildflower show. A popular choice photo contest will also be part of the event.

For more information or to volunteer to help, call 927-2856 or e-mail ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net.

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