Local Groups Join Forces to Promote Wildflower Conservation

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Bedford Audubon Society, Mianus River Gorge, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy and Westchester Land Trust invite the community and nature enthusiasts to learn about the diversity of Westchester’s wildflowers in a free, three-part series scheduled for this spring. The series includes a lecture, walk, and workshop led by wildflower experts. The series aims to educate and inspire Westchester’s wildflower enthusiasts about the beauty and importance of these flowers and the current threats to these populations.

The series kicks off with a Woodland Wildflower Lecture on Wednesday, March 13 at the Katonah Library.  Jessica A. Schuler, Director of The New York Botanical Garden’s Thain Family Forest, will share details about her work to restore populations of extirpated wildflowers in the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City. Participants are welcome to enjoy refreshments at 7:00 PM; the lecture begins at 7:30 PM. Advance registration is not required.

On April 20, the series continues with a Walk on the (Wild)Flower Side at Mianus River Gorge. Local experts will lead 30-minute walks in the Gorge’s forests and deer-proof exclosures to see an array of woodland wildflowers and learn about efforts being made to conserve them. Walks begin at 1:30 PM, 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00 and will be led by Rod Christie and Mark Weckel of Mianus River Gorge, David Emerson of Westchester Land Trust, and Carole Levine, New York Botanical Garden. At 3:30, participants are invited to enjoy a stunning slide show by Carole Levine, noted wildflower author and instructor of courses in grasses, sedges, wildflowers and rushes. Tours meet in the Gorge parking lot. Space is limited, please register with Evelyn@westchesterlandtrust.org or call 914.234.6992 ext 24.

For gardeners looking to get their hands dirty, the Wildflower Garden Workshop on April 27 will provide ample opportunity. Participants will join local landscape designer Lynn Becker, Chair of Bedford Audubon’s Leon Levy Native Garden Committee, to learn the basics of gardening with native wildflowers in this hands-on workshop set in the beautiful woodland garden originally planted and nurtured by the late botanist and author, Sara Stein. Participants will see living examples of native wildflowers and become part of Sara’s ongoing legacy. Workshops will be held at 9-11 AM and 1-3 PM. Space is limited, please register with Evelyn@westchesterlandtrust.org or call 914.234.6992 ext 24.  Click here for full flier.  To learn more about these events, please visit www.westchesterlandtrust.org/wildflowers.