Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wildflowers

 
All the photos here were made on March 23 last year at the Hall Memorial Native Plant Garden.


Thanks to nature and some dedicated people in our area, there is an abundance of wildflowers to enjoy here. 


The Shoals Wildflower Society meets monthly in the spring and fall.  It is always a fun time.  We eat together and then learn about wildflowers and other interesting things.  And there is always wonderful door prizes, including wildflower and vegetable plants.

 
Thanks to Margie Anderton, our leader, for her seemingly tireless efforts.
 
 



Wildflowers are peeping out already.  Interested? Here is an announcement of  a FREE guided hike this Sunday afternoon.  

This outing is free to the public, but you should register. This event could possibly be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather conditions or changes in the leader's work schedule.
To register or get more info, contact Charles Rose at charles@freshairfamily.org or 256-366-1937.

Registering is easy; all we need is:
1. Your name.
2. The number of people in your party.
3. A contact phone number, preferably a cell phone.

Meet 1:00pm in front of the restrooms at the Nature Trails parking lot, TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation.

This walk will include the Hall Memorial Native Plant Garden and the TVA Small Wild Area (First Quarters Ravine).

This is an easy walk; the total distance covered is probably less than 1/2 mile. The Native Plant Garden is level and the paved trails there are
wheelchair accessible. The First Quarters Ravine portion includes some up-hill and downhill.

For those wanting to walk a little more, we will continue on to two nearby Civil War earthwork sites. Along the way we will see even more wildflowers.

Wildflowers possibly in bloom on this date include Dutchman’s Breeches, Celandine Poppy, False Rue Anemone, Rue Anemone, Giant Chickweed, Wild Stonecrop, various Trilliums, Virginia Bluebell, Bloodroot, Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Purple Phacelia, Wild Blue Phlox, Cut-leaf Toothwort, Bladdernut, Spring Cress, Paw Paw and many more.

Directions: The Nature Trails parking lot is just off of Reservation Road on TVA’s Muscle Shoals Reservation.

From Wilson Dam: Go south on Reservation Road for app. 2.5 miles. At the “Nature Trails” sign, turn right into the parking lot.n (March 17).