Spring Wildflower Walk at Turkey Run Park Saturday, April 21 9 am – 1 pm

posted Mar 19, 2012, 12:23 PM by Marty Nielsen
Join chapter Botany Chair Cris Fleming for a walk through one of our area’s best spring wildflower displays. Famous for the spectacular show of Virginia bluebells along the Potomac River, Turkey Run Park also harbors other early spring flowers such as dwarf ginseng, swamp buttercup, wild geranium, sessile trillium, perfoliate bellwort and many others. Participants need to be able to walk the zig-zag trail down the steep hillside and to cross the creek on rocks (there will be helping hands).

Cris is a past member and Education Chair of the VNPS state board and recent President
of the Maryland Native Plant Society. She is a former field ecologist for the Maryland Natural Heritage Program and Education Director of the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). Recently retired as longtime instructor of Plant Identification courses for the ANS/Graduate School Natural History Field Studies Program, Cris continues doing short
programs for ANS, MNPS, VNPS and other groups. She is the main author of the book,
Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area (cover picture by Hal Horwitz of
bluebells at Turkey Run Park).

Turkey Run Park is located just off the George Washington Parkway about a mile downriver of the Beltway. It is the first exit going downriver and the last exit before the beltway going upriver. We will meet at parking area C-1, the first parking area off of the entrance road. In case of severe weather and/or flooding, the trip will be postponed.

RSVP and information:
Diana Carter at 703 620-2724
dcarter1776@yahoo.com
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