Wildflower Weekend: A nature lovers retreat

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The Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend, April 29-May 1, is a chance for botanists, gardeners and nature lovers to enjoy the hundreds of species of native plants at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.
The Kentucky Native Plant Society will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at the event. Field trips and walks will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday; 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday; and at 9 a.m. on Sunday. All field trips leave from the Hemlock Lodge lobby.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening in the Woodland Center, Alice Mandt, hemlock woolly adelgid coordinator for the Kentucky Division of Forestry, will speak about the status of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Kentucky. Afterward, Tyler Smith, assistant professor of biology at Eastern Kentucky University, will give a presentation titled “Subtle Beauty: the Natural History of Sedges.”  
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Woodland Center, the Kentucky Native Plant Society will have its general meeting followed at 7 p.m. with a social time to celebrate 25 years of promoting education, preservation, and protection of Kentucky native plants and ecological systems. Cake and refreshments will be served and a photo collage wall will be available for participants to view and post their photos of past KNPS outings and events. At 7:30 p.m. special guest speaker Michael Gaige, natural areas manager for 21st Century Parks, will give a presentation titled “Reading the Forested Landscape of Floyd’s Fork in Jefferson County, Kentucky.”
On-site registration is $10 per adult and $3 per child. Registration is open 30 minutes before all fieldtrips and presentations. A detailed agenda will be available upon registration. For more information about Wildflower Weekend, contact Brian Gasdorf at brian.gasdorf@ky.gov or call 1-800-325-1710. For more information about the Kentucky Native Plant Society visit www.knps.org.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the larger natural arches in the state and is surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, cottages and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information, call 1-800-325-1710 or visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/nb.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington and two miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, exit 33.