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Our Next Event:

Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:00 p.m.:

Ephemerals- Harbingers of Spring

Dicentra Mertensia Sanguinaria

MathwichKris Koch, Education Coordinator for Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI, will whet our appetite for the early spring wildflowers. Kris has experience as a landscaper, florist and working in garden centers.  However, her true passion is Environmental Education.  Besides her interests in horticulture and education, Kris is a photographer and artist. She says, “I love Nature and find endless inspiration in the fascinating microcosms hidden in plain sight if only one takes the time to look and explore.”

Blooming spring ephemerals are Nature’s reward to Midwestern gardeners for making it through the cold and bleak months of winter.  In actuality, these often woodland plants have short life cycles, taking advantage of sunlight and other resources before trees and other woody plants leaf out.  After reproducing, the aboveground flowers and foliage usually die back, allowing later blooming plants their chance to thrive.  In the upper Midwest, spring ephemerals include a wide variety of wildflowers including several Dicentra spp., Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginiana), Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Trillium spp., and many more.  Come and learn technical facts as well as fascinating plant lore about these garden workhorses whose arrival we so crave each spring.

We meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC). Look for the signs. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, check out the lending library and Wild Ones information booth. This program is free and open to the public.