2023.04.19 | Wildflower Show Returns to Cambria on April 29

Just in time for a great bloom year, see hundreds of fresh wildflowers in all their diversity under one roof when the 15th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show, sponsored by Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (FFRP), returns to the Veterans’ Memorial Hall (1000 Main Street).

     The show will be open on Saturday, April 29, from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and is free for students.  This is a great year for wildflowers.  The combination of ample rain and warm weather is bringing out the blooms and with them the return of the beloved wildflower show.  Get a head start on appreciating this spring’s amazing flora show – or just enjoy seeing it all under one roof.

The show is a comprehensive tour of the flora diversity of the northern County from the Monterey County line to the Morro Bay Estuary, and from the coastal bluffs to the ridge of the Santa Lucia Mountains.  It showcases the remarkable range of floral colors, scents, and sizes found right here in the County.

     The show will feature hundreds of bouquets of fresh flowers that will be arranged by plant family and labeled with botanical and common names; rare and endangered, invasive, and poisonous plants will be identified for all to appreciate; a dazzling array of antique and interesting bottles and vases will hold the specimens; botanists will be on hand to answer wildflower questions and identify photos of plants; and great treats and light fare will be available at the “Wildflower Café”.  In addition, helpful books, plant lists, wildflower seeds, and other merchandise will be for sale by FFRP and the California Native Plant Society.

     The purpose of this educational display is to enhance the public’s enjoyment of wildflowers by highlighting the County’s flora diversity and aid in identification.  Permitted and trained teams of volunteer collectors pick the flowers from habitats with large populations so that people can learn to enjoy plants in their natural habitats without picking the flowers themselves.

      Connect with nature and FFRP by helping to conserve open space and enhance habitats through stewardship and engagement.  To learn more or to make a donation, go to the FFRP website (fiscaliniranchpreserve.org) to help protect the beauty of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and sustain its diversity of life for everyone to enjoy.

Article first published in https://cambriaca.org/