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Flowers spring up around Cambria, along with plenty of chances to enjoy them

Floral arrangements will be paired with artwork during the Petals and Palettes event. Produced jointly by Cambria Center for the Arts and the Cambria Garden Club, it runs from May 8 to 31.
Floral arrangements will be paired with artwork during the Petals and Palettes event. Produced jointly by Cambria Center for the Arts and the Cambria Garden Club, it runs from May 8 to 31.

Flowers have arrived in abundance this year. There are splashes of color around every curve, along the streets, in “open spaces,” and beside the seashore. Boosted by early rains, native plants are rejuvenated. Native poppies and blue lupine provide a tapestry of color on slopes and in valleys of the Central Coast.

Flowers “colorize” our out-of-doors. They give a lift to our spirits and nourish our souls. They surround us with color and fragrance both in gardens and in our homes. Plants have such a lovely way of reproducing. It’s not a subtle, demure kind of thing. Thankfully for us, it is a flamboyant, conspicuous manner of perpetuating their species.

Why so many blooms this year? When stressed, plants often produce more than the usual number of flowers or fruits. Abundance ensures survival. For annual plants, whose life cycle is most often completed in a year, blooming and producing seeds is the sole purpose of their life. 

Perennial plants continue their reproductive cycle for a longer period, often up to seven years, before beauty fades.

Iris Murdoch, British author and philosopher (1919-99) once wrote:

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” 

My mind is full of flowers and my dreams full of color as we prepare for our journey to Amsterdam to see the tulips in bloom. Nowhere in the world is there such color as in the “flower capital of the world.” I soon expect to be “mad with joy” and dizzy with the color and fragrances that originate there.

Upcoming events for flower lovers

The 10th Annual Wildflower Show is coming up this month. Hundreds of local wildflowers are picked and displayed with information about each species. You’ll recognize many wildflowers that you may have considered weeds. Learn their names, and gain an understanding of their place in nature.

  • When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26
  • Where: Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main St., Cambria
  • Be sure to: Bring questions for experts on hand
  • Admission: $3, or free to students
Art in Bloom

begins in early May. Put it on your calendar.

Petals and Palettes, a unique pairing of flower arrangements and fine paintings, returns to the Cambria Center for the Arts next month.

The Cambria Center for the Arts/Allied Arts has joined forces with The Cambria Garden Club to once again produce a show that will delight the public and appeal to lovers of both art and nature. The Petals and Palettes event has a history of well over 50 years. Formerly held in the Veterans Hall for a weekend each year, the event was extended when the Cambria Allied Arts was moved to the Old Grammar School and is now open to the public for the month of May.

With the abundance of local blooms this spring, the event called Art in Bloom is expected to be spectacular. There will be an additional “surprise” exhibit in the entrance area of the Art Center featuring supersized blooms constructed by the members of the two organizations. 

  • When: Opening reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 8; exhibit runs through Sunday, May 31 during regular Center hours
  • Where: The Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St.
  • Admission: Free
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