North Coast Chapter Of The
California Native Plant Society

Sixteenth Annual Spring

Wildflower Show

The Sixteenth Annual Spring Wildflower Show will be held Friday April 30 to Sunday May 2 at the Humboldt County Office of Education between Myrtle Ave. and West St., Eureka.

The end of the century marks the fourth anniversary of our co-sponsorship of the Spring Wildflower Show with the Nature Discovery Volunteers, the organization that first produced the show sixteen years ago. Last year (1998) the show displayed 319 identified specimens, 256 of them California native plants.

The Northcoast Chapter has been proud to contribute our energy, ideas, and technical skills to an event that has become our biggest annual public outreach activity and fund raiser. Besides being an educational treat for the general public, the show is a great opportunity for plant taxonomy students to check their skills before final exams.

The show will be open to the public on Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Additional hours have been scheduled for special activities (see field trips on next page).

As in previous years, on Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm there will be a workshop titled "Art Night: Drawing Things Botanical". Participating local artists will include Dorothy Klein and Mimi LaPlant, among others. Space may be limited, so we encourage pre-registration. Call 445-5883 for information.

We will be open for school groups by prior arrangement on Friday from 11 am to 2 pm. Participating classes have already received study packets on the topics of flower structure, pollination, seed dispersal, edible plants, and conservation, and

during their visit they will participate in docent-led discussions on those topics. The school program this year is being coordinated by Kim Hayler. This is the third year that we are providing the service, although our friends in NDV have long been involved in K-12 education. Our growing experience may encourage the chapter to offer educational opportunities during the rest of the school year. By the way, grownups as well as kids are encouraged to try our Wildflower Scavenger Hunt!

A variety of special activities will be offered during regular hours. Of special interest to gardeners, on Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot outside the show John McRae and friends will again host their big native plant sale, and Pete Haggard will provide a information table about gardening with native plants.

Two speakers will give presentations. On Saturday at 1 pm, Lyn Risling will discuss the Karuk coming-of-age ceremony for girls, the "Flower Dance". And Sunday at 1 pm, as in previous years, Darling Whiting will demonstrate many of the edible and poisonous plants that she has collected for the show.

For those who like to view wildflowers in a natural setting, we will offer two walks at nearby locations. Meet Saturday 10 am at Arcata's Pacific Union School for a trip to the Lanphere Dunes. Sunday's walk will meet 10 am at the duck pond in Sequoia Park, Eureka's urban redwood forest. Additional walks will be held on subsequent weekends. For details, see the Field Trips section on the next page.

Also if you haven't recently visited the Pacific Union School’s native plant garden, you will be glad to know that Carol Ralph will be hosting an "open house" from 2:30 to 5 pm on Sunday May 2.

For the second year, professional photographer and educator Dan Yashimoto will host a booth where visitors will be able to photograph any of the specimens displayed at the show. Bring your camera, and Dan will provide lighting, backdrops, and helpful advice.

Other features at the show will include pollination, seed dispersal and conservation displays, live caterpillars, and a photo-sampler of local wildflower habitats (one of the pictures was printed with an ink-jet. Can you find it?). We will have a computer connected to the Internet, so visitors can access the wealth of information about native plants available through our web site, No doubt other displays will be added by show time.

For more information, call Larry Levine (822-7190) or Nezzie Wade (445-5883).


California Native Plant Society - North Coast Chapter
P.O. Box 1067 Arcata, CA 95518-1067
Last updated April 1999