Annual Spring Wildflower Exhibit ~ March 31 through April 02, 2017
Colors and Scents Galore
Wildflower season is almost upon us! This year’s Wildflower Exhibit will be Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2. As always, the dedicated collectors know where to find the wildflowers so that the public can enjoy the uniqueness and variety of the desert blossoms by just visiting the Maturango Museum.
We are all hopeful that the recent rains and non-freezing temperatures will provide us with beautifully flowering canyons and hillsides. Even though it is illegal to pick wildflowers, a special permit is given to collectors to pick wildflowers specifically for the Wildflower Exhibit. After collection, these wildflowers are identified and displayed at the museum. Most years, over 200 species are displayed representing approximately 45 families. The Wildflower Exhibit allows you to see all the unique and colorful flowers up close.
Each year during the Wildflower Exhibit, we have a special speaker presentation April 2 at 2:30 pm. This year, we are excited to have Joy England, a curatorial assistant and field botanist at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California. She is also a student finishing her master’s degree in botany at Claremont Graduate University; her thesis project is a floristic study of Rock Creek Canyon in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Her presentation is titled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Flora of the Upper Rock Creek Watershed”. Hopefully you can take advantage of this information during a visit to Rock Creek Canyon later in the year after the snow has melted!
Trip to view local Wildflowers - April 1 and 2
WHERE: ½ day trips to local area for flowers – Flower Show weekend! Leave from the museum parking lot at 10:15 AM
During Museum’s Annual Wildflower Show there should have lots of flowers by then! FREE field trips to local “hot spots”. Graded dirt roads, OK for any vehicle with clearance; each day we’ll visit different places around the Indian Wells Valley area. 10:15 a.m. both Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2. Back to town by around 1 p.m. Bring water, cameras, snacks, and appropriate clothing / shoes.
Above Photos courtesy of Kathy LaShure
Photos from previous Wildflower Exhibits
The mission of the Maturango Museum is to preserve, interpret, and develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of the Northern Mojave Desert through research and education in the natural and physical sciences, and to promote the arts.
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100 East Las Flores Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
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