• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • No credit cards currently being accepted onsite at Loft Mountain Campground

    Due to technical difficulties, credit cards are not being accepted at Loft Mountain Campground as of 7/25/2014.

Shenandoah National Park Hosts Wildflower Weeknd

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: April 28, 2010

Native flowers will be in the spotlight during Shenandoah National Park’s 24th annual Wildflower Weekend, May 8 and 9, 2010.  Visitors will have a chance to meet woodland beauties such as wild geranium, trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and many others on a variety of naturalist-led hikes.

 

Participants will search for wildflowers along the Millers Head, Mill Prong, Lewis Mountain, Upper Rose River, Appalachian, and Gravel Springs-Bluff trails.  There will be a Big Meadows stroll, and a new hike called “Cultural Connections,” focusing on historical uses of plants.  Additional activities include bird walks, a children’s program, and journaling.  To see a complete schedule click here.

There will be several special programs this year.  J. Christopher Ludwig, executive director and co-author of the “Flora of Virginia Project,” will present an update on the soon-to-be-published manual of Virginia’s 3,500 native and naturalized plants.  The comprehensive guide will include the latest information, detailed illustrations, identification keys, descriptions, range and habitat for every plant.  The program will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Byrd Visitor Center auditorium, milepost 51 on Skyline Drive.

Naturalist and author C. Colston Burrell will present “More Than a Pretty Face:  Native Alternatives to Exotic Invasives” at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 9, in Byrd Visitor Center auditorium.  He will explain how to replace exotic plants in home gardens with native trees, shrubs and perennials, providing food for butterflies, birds and other wildlife.  At 1:30 p.m., he will present “Obsession and Exploitation:  A Cultural History of Trilliums.”  Mr. Burrell will also lead a wildflower hike to South River Falls on Saturday.

Programs are free, and no registration is required.  There is a $15-per-car entrance fee to the park, good for seven days.  For more information about Wildflower Weekend, call the park at 540-999-3500 ext. 3283.

Did You Know?

The green sharply serrated leaves of chestnut shoots can be found throughout the park.

American chestnut trees, whose trunks were killed off by a fungus blight long ago, still send up shoots that you can see along many of Shenandoah National Park’s trails.