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Wildflower-Related Events

April 12, Saturday, 1 – 4 pm   (Volunteer Opportunity)

Work Party and Wildflower Walk at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, White Oak Pavilion.  (Sponsored by MPA & Emerald Chapter NPSO) Join Gail Baker and Jenny Lippert to help with sorting and cleaning vases that will be used for displaying plant collections at the annual Wildflower Festival.  We’ll take a break from work and walk along the Arboretum trails to see which wildflowers are in bloom in late April, so it will be educational too!  For more information call Gail at 541-344-8377 or Jenny at 541-343-3242.

 April 24th, Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30   (Tour)

Tour of the Native Plant Nursery. (Sponsored by Emerald Chapter NPSO and Friends of Buford Park) As a follow up to Jason Blazar’s NPSO presentation on April 17th, he and Gail Baker are offering an evening tour of the Friends of Buford Park Native Plant Nursery. You will see first hand how the Friends produce quality native plants and seed to support restoration projects on and around Mt. Pisgah.  Everyone is welcome to join the tour and encouraged to bring a friend. For more information call 541-344-8350.

April 26, Saturday, 1 pm   (Walk)

Field Trip:  Oregon Country Fair Wildflower Walk.  (Sponsored by Emerald Chapter NPSO) Bob Nisbet and Charlene Simpson will lead a wildflower walk at the Oregon Country Fair beginning at 1:00 pm.  This is an opportunity to see abundant spring wildflowers in a riparian site.  Meet at 12:15 pm under the fir trees at Lowes? parking lot, northeast corner at West 11th Ave. and Bailey Hill and carpool to the site.  The walk is flat land, but some areas are wet:  Wear appropriate shoes.  Call Charlene Simpson, 541-465-1095.


April 27, 10 am – noon   (Walk)

Pollination Ecology Walk (sponsored by MPA) Join Arboretum Assistant Site Manager August Jackson for a tour of the Arboretum’s wildflowers and their pollinators.  Discover how floral shape and color can influence successful pollination and how flowers attempt to “choose” their visitors.  Learn the foraging and nesting habits of common native bees, and meet a cartoonish bumblebee-mimic fly that finds a home on Mount Pisgah’s prairies. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Families $8, Adults $5 (members free)


May 2, 5 – 8 pm   (Presentation)

A Passion for Natives – Painting the Landscape at Passionflower Design.  (Sponsored by Friends of Buford Park) An evening enjoying wildflowers and native plants from Buford Park/Mt Pisgah. Test your knowledge of natives and learn more about why you might want to incorporate them into your landscape. Refreshments, including chocolate, will be served and a display of about a dozen native species & a little ID quiz with a prize for the person who gets the most right   A percentage of sales will be donated to Friends of Buford Park.
Get a $5 gift certificate for use at the Friends native plant sale the next day.  (128 E Broadway)

May 3, 9 am – noon. (Plant Sale)

Friends of Buford Park Annual Native Plant Sale (Sponsored by Friends of Buford Park) Dozens of species of wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees will be available. For MAP and current list of plants for sale visit http://www.bufordpark.org/category/nursery/.  Don’t miss our ONE sale of the year! Held at the Native Plant Nursery.


May 8, Thursday, 9 am – 1 pm   (Walk)

Field Trip:  Coyote Spencer Wetlands.  Emerald Chapter NPSO and Ryan Ruggiero of the McKenzie River Trust (MRT) are giving tours of Coyote Spencer Wetlands, several miles southwest of Eugene.  MRT acquired 2 parcels totaling nearly 200 acres to protect rare plants and unique wetland habitat.  For more information and to sign-up go to the MRT website at http://mckenzieriver.org/events/ or call 541-345-2799.


May 8, Thursday, 7 – 9 pm  (Presentation)

Science Pub at Cosmic Pizza on Pollination Ecology. (Sponsored by MPA) With a focus on well-known local flora, August Jackson, Assistant Site Manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum, will discuss one of nature’s most fascinating and intricate mutualisms, and unravel some of the complex interactions that color our world. Learn how flowers choose their pollinators, and how pollinators in turn shape floral evolution. August will also illustrate how a good understanding of local pollination webs can inform better restoration practices. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene. www.omsi.edu/SciencePubEugene


May 13, 10am – noon   (Walk)

Weekday Wildflower Walk (Sponsored by MPA) Come enjoy peak wildflower displays along the arboretum trails at this time of year on a spring walk led by Gail Baker, LCC professor emeritus. Camas and Iris should be in full flower and we’ll look for Pale Baby Blue-Eyes and Blue Eyed Mary, this year’s poster flower for the upcoming Wildflower Festival.  We will also see some colorful developing fruits of the early season flowers such as osoberry. Gentle trails will pass through forests, wetlands, meadows, and riverside habitats.

Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Adults $5 (members free)


May 17, Saturday, 9 am   (Volunteer Opportunity)

Set-Up Workparty for the Wildflower and Music Festival: collection and setup. If you’d like to help set up the display or collect flowers for the show please contact David McClurg, dpm@efn.org or 541-746-9478 for special permits.  To help set up displays, come to the Arboretum at 9 am on Saturday.


May 18, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm   (Festival, Walks, Volunteer Opportunity)

Wildflower and Music Festival. Set aside Sunday, May 18th for a day of wildflowers, music, food, crafts, and microscopes! You don’t have to be a plant expert to love our upcoming Wildflower & Music Festival – it’s loaded with fun things to do for everyone in the family. As many as three to four hundred species of wildflowers will be on display, from Anemones to Vancouveria! Live music all day, exciting kids activities, food, wine and more! More details here!
Bring the entire family (except the dog). Suggested donation $8