Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Wed April 22, 2015 at 11 pm
Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) Come learn about Cincinnati Native Plants. The Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society welcomes you to our great (and free) events. All are welcome.
PLEASE NOTE- DUE TO ROAD CLOSURE, SEE NEW DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO WHIPPLE PRESERVE BELOW!!
What you missed- On Saturday April 11, 2015, Judy Komorowski led a group of twenty to Tower Park in nearby Fort Thomas, Kentucky. After walking down a ravine, where much honeysuckle has been cut, we walked along the undisturbed hillside facing the Ohio River. Many early spring wildflowers. Temperature 50 and sunny. Photos: Group Photo , Viking Dragon? , Cut-Leaf Toothwort , White Trout Lily , Sessile Trillium , False Rue Anemone , Rue Anemone , 2" Buckeye Bud , Celandine Poppy , Dutchman's Britches.
**Saturday, April 25, 2015, All Day: Western Wildlife Corridor Annual Flower-a-thon, Delhi, Ohio
This fundraiser event, sponsored by Western Wildlife Corridor, is educational and fun for all. There is a choice of two start times and small groups led by experienced wildflower enthusiasts. Contact Tim Sisson at 513-922-2104 or for more info. For more details check out
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1 pm: Whipple State Nature Preserve, Adams County, Ohio
Marjie Becus and Dave Kuehner will co-lead this spring wildflower hike. We (CWFPS) visited a part of Whipple last August with Rick Gardner, but don’t assume you’ve seen it all. The public-access section of Whipple has profusions of celandine poppies, large flower trilliums, Virginia blue bells, miterwort and various other spring ephemerals. The leaders think you’ll be impressed with the colorful array. The loop trail is two miles and has some hills, but we’ll be moving slowly to take in all the flowers. Contact Marjie Becus at 513-683-2672 or if you have questions and to let her know you are attending.
Directions: Route 247 is closed just north of Whipple Preserve, so we can't take the original route.
From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 63 for OH 32 East.
Travel East on Route 32 for approximately 36 miles toWinchester.
Turn right onto OH 136 South and travel South for 19 miles all the way to Manchester Ohio .
(As you drive these 19 miles on route 136, be sure to turn right at the T intersection (stop sign) where 136 temporarily joins 41. A couple miles later, in Bentonville turn left to stay on 136)
In Manchester, turn left (East) on US 52 and go 5 miles to OH. 247.
Turn left (north) and go 0.75 miles to The Rock Vacation Rental on the left. The owner is allowing us to park inside. Whipple is across the road.
The google address of Rock Vacation Rental is 1069 Ohio 247,Manchester, OH 45144. For a google map from Cincinnati click here. Driving time is about 1 hour and 37 minutes from Cincinnati. Or 1 hour and twenty minutes from Eastgate.
(Once again, route 247 is closed north of Whipple so be sure to go through Manchester, Ohio, and approach Whipple from the South side)
Details of the following events will appear in our May 2015 Newsletter
May 9, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Orchids of Adams County and Shawnee State Forest, Adams and Scioto Counties, OH
**Tues May 12-May 30- "Wildflowers and Trees of Ohio", Course at UC and in the field. Tues, Thurs and Saturday, Taught by Dr. Denis Covover. A great compact course when all is blooming. Discounted price. For info click here
May 16, 2015 : Saturday Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve
** June 7, 2015 : Sunday Field Trip
Picnic at Keystone Flora, Hamilton Co., OH
July 11, 2015 : Saturday Field Trip
Kamama Prairie, Adams Co., OH
July 18, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Shawnee State Forest, Scioto Co., OH
August 8, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Hazeldell Meadow and Daniel Boone National Forest, PulaskiCo., KY
August 22, 2015: SaturdayField Trip
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson and Jennings counties, IN
September 11, 2015: Friday Program
Avon Woods Nature Center
6:30 pm Picnic Supper
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program
September 12, 2015 :Saturday Field Trip
Spiranthes & Gentians of Adams County and Shawnee State Forest, Adams and Scioto counties, OH
If you are not yet a member, you are welcome to attend events. All of our events are free and open to the public. Of course if you enjoy our events, as we think you will, it is nice to join to help support the Society. Our hikes and lectures are excellent, in a wonderful casual atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to talk with our speakers after the meetings. Our hike leaders are knowledgeable and will be glad to point out the plants that we are seeing