Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society  
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Wed May 13, 2015 at 2 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. 

What you missed- On Saturday May 9, 2015, Andrew Lane Gibson led us on a tour of Adams and Scioto County, looking for orchids.. The group started at Davis Memorial SNP. 25 in attendance on a warm spring day, temperature 84. Photos by Randy Johnson- Group Photo , Showy Orchis ,Yellow Ladies Slipper , Pink Ladies Slipper , Walters Violet

Saturday, May 16, 2015 9 am–noon: Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull at Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve, Warren County, Ohio

Join us to pull the invasive garlic mustard plant, which is easy to recognize and yank out of the ground. No experience is necessary. We want to help conserve DNAP's (Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves) limited resources and preserve this lovely area where so much work has already been done on the bush honeysuckle. Bring gloves and enthusiasm. We'll furnish bags. Hope for good weather. Of course, you can relax and take a nice walk after pulling garlic mustard!

Caesar Creek Gorge is a wonderful preserve of 461 acres with a variety of spring ephemerals. The gorge walls, rising 180 feet above the river, were formed by glacial meltwater, exposing Ordovician limestone and shale rich in fossils. The preserve contains diverse habitat including floodplain and hillsides heavily wooded with beech,maple, hickory, and oak.

Note that we will be working at the Caesar Creek GORGE STATE NATURE PRESERVE and NOT the nearby Caesar Creek STATE PARK. Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or  if you have any questions.

Directions:  According to Google maps the approximate address is 4200 Corwin Road, Waynesville, Ohio, 45068  

From I-71, take the Wilmington Road exit (exit 36).

Head west onto Wilmington Road (left if you were heading north on I-71).

Travel for 1.7 miles on Wilmington Road down the steep hill, into the river valley.

At this point, stay on Corwin Road, which follows along the east side of the Little Miami River. (DO NOT turn left, which continues as Wilmington Road and crosses the river).

Approaching the town of Oregonia, jog right, then a quick left to stay on Corwin Road, passing the post office and Hall’s Market.

Drive another 3 miles north of Oregonia and the preserve (and parking lot) will be on your right, the east side of the road. Meet in the parking lot. 

The Preserve is located about 55 minutes (or 45 if traffic is good) from Cincinnati. 

 For a map (where"A" is the town of Oregonia and "B" is the Preserve parking lot on Corwin Road)  click here .

If you are late, to get to the area we are working- From the parking lot there is a single trail , to which is attached a loop trail.  When a single trail branches down to the left , take this smaller trail.


**Sunday, June 7, 2015 noon: Potluck Picnic with Northside Greenspace Inc. and CWFPS at Keystone Flora in Wooden Shoe Hollow, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

Join us at native plant nursery Keystone Flora, located in historic Wooden Shoe Hollow, whose greenhouses and truck farms once provided fresh produce to urban Cincinnati. There will be informal tours of the nursery, prairie, bioswale, and some of the properties that have been purchased by the native plant conservationists who are slowly colonizing the neighborhood. 

Bringa dish to share. Contact Diana Boyd at 513-921-2250 if you have questions and Keystone Flora at 513-961-2727 if you get lost.

Directions: From either direction on I-75, take the Mitchell Avenue exit (exit#6). Head north on Mitchell Avenue (left if you were on 75 north; right if youwere heading south). Turn left onto Spring Grove Avenue (the first major intersection). Turn right onto Winton Road (at second traffic light). Turn right onto Kings Run (at third traffic light). Turn left onto Winton Ridge (at first intersection). Veer left onto Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane (about 1000 feet from turn onto Winton Ridge). Follow Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane for 0.3 miles. It goes straight, then curves to the right, goes straight until entering a wooded canopy area curving left. As soon as you come out of the trees you’ll see a red mailbox numbered 5081. The address for Keystone Flora is 5081 Wooden ShoeHollow Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45232. 

(NEW) Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 1 pm: Chrys Cook’s Meadow, Dearborn County, Indiana

Chrys Cook has invited the Society to visit her property nearby in Indiana. Expect to see butterfly weed, common milkweed, purple coneflower, grey-headed coneflower, penstemon, wild bergamot, cup plant and more in bloom. Chrys will share her restoration efforts for this property with us.

Everyone should bring binoculars. Warblers, orioles and buntings all make their appearance, as well as, of course, the butterflies. Whoever has 4-wheel drive is welcome to drive the mile up to the upper meadow.

Directions: Take I-275 to the west of Cincinnati and take exit 16 for US 50 toward Lawrenceburg/Aurora. Turn left onto US 50 West/E. Eads Parkway. Travel for 6 miles on US 50 (into Aurora) to IN 56 West/Importing Street. Turn left onto IN 56 West. Follow IN 56 as it jogs through Aurora. Travel on IN 56 for 2.3 miles to E. Laughery Creek Road. Turn right onto E. Laughery Creek Road. Travel for 0.7 miles. Address on Google Maps is 4286 E. Laughery Creek Rd., Aurora, Indiana 47001. Park about 0.1 mile before that driveway at the tractor road.


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Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 10 am: Kamama Prairie, Adams County, Ohio

John Howard and David Kuehner will co-lead this walk. Be sure to bring water as it can be very hot. Surveys of Kamama Prairie, an Arc of Appalachia preserve, have noted an astounding 71 species of butterflies and 528 recorded plant species, including 9 endangered, 16 threatened, 19 potentially threatened and 42 previously listed species. Go to for the plant list.

A few centuries ago contiguous prairies were found in the great interior of the continent, bounded by the broadleaf forest to the East, and the Rockies to the West. Traveling westward across this expanse, rainfall continually decreased, then as now. In what is now Ohio, patches of tall-grass prairie began to appear, with grasses up to 12 feet tall. In Illinois the native tall-grass prairies more completely displaced the forest in a waving sea of grasses—a complex ecosystem boasting 400 plant species. As rainfall continued to diminish further westward, the tall-grass prairie in turn was replaced by more drought-resistant mixed-grass and short-grass prairies. Today, Kamama Prairie is most similar to these shorter prairies of the Far West, with grasses rarely taller than 2 1/2 feet.

Kamama Prairie is far from its western brethren, both in miles and years. The type of prairie found at Kamama—an alkaline short-grassprairie, often referred to as a cedar barren prairie, for the red cedars that grow around and dotted across the prairie—has been isolated in the East for so long that it has evolved its own unique assemblage of species. Climates and ecosystems are always in flux. Kamama is a remnant from an ancient, drier age when prairie covered a much larger expanse than the isolated remnants found today scattered across the eastern US. Now that we are living in times of relatively high rainfall, these prairies are retaining a toehold in only the driest and most inhospitable habitats where trees can’t easily compete, such as the limestone and dolomite bedrocks of Adams County, with their thin and worn-out soils. Today,the cedar barren prairie is a globally threatened plant community of world significance.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions and to let her know if you will be attending.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 to exit 63 and merge onto OH 32 East. Drive 50 miles to the junction of OH 32 and OH 41 (south of Peebles);continue on OH 32 approximately 1.2 miles east to Steam Furnace Road. Proceed right (south) on Steam Furnace Road. Drive approximately 2 miles and cross Rt.781, which will jog across Steam Furnace Road. There is a store on the corner called Toller’s Black Diamond Grocery. Just continue straight and stay on SteamFurnace Rd. At this point, if you have a trip odometer, set it to zero—thiswill help a lot!! After 0.7 miles there will be a fork in the road. The right fork is Hoop Road, which you DO NOT take. Take the left fork and continue on Steam Furnace Road. At the 2.1 mile mark from the grocery store, Nixon Road will be on your left. (Nixon Road is hard to find, as the sign is set way backoff the road.) Landmarks: there are several nice homes on the left just before you get to Nixon Road. There is a doublewide on the far corner of Steam Furnaceand Nixon Road, and a yellow house across from Nixon Road. The best thing to do is, after you pass Hoop Road, start watching the houses to your left and lookhard for a gravel road. Nixon will be 1.4 miles past Hoop. If you pass it you will reach an intersection at a small town called Fawcett. This is 1/2 mile past Nixon Road so you will know you went too far. (Don’t feel bad, a lot of people miss it and end up there! It's easier to spot when you come back the other way.) Once you turn left on Nixon Road, it's only about 100 yards to the Kamama driveway. Take the first driveway on the right and it dead ends at the house, about 1/4 mile or so.


Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10 am: Shawnee State Forest, Scioto County,Ohio

David Kuehner will lead this walk.We will caravan to various locations in Shawnee State Forest to seek midsummer wildflowers, some of which are not common. We will target hairy angelica, yellow wild indigo, Canada milk vetch, Canada lily,Indian pipe and pinesap. We should be able to observe the flowers of the sourwood tree. It’s even possible that we will see the earliest blooms of cardinal flower. Interrupted fern will be among the ferns that we see.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions and to let her know if you will be attending.  

Directions: From I-275, take exit 63 for State Route 32. Take SR 32 east for 41 miles. Turn right (south) on Ohio 247 at the McDonalds (south side of 32). Proceed 9.7 miles to West Union and turn left on Ohio 125 (Main Street).Drive 22 miles to Shawnee State Park and turn right at the sign to the Lodge and Park Office.Meet at the parking lot adjacent to SR 125, accessible from the road to the lodge.  Restrooms are available at the Lodge. Allow 2 hours from Cincinnati.


**Friday-Sunday, July 24–26, 2015- 7th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference, Bergamo Center, Dayton, Ohio

This event, hosted by the Midwest Native Plant Society, has many excellent speakers as well as a variety of field trips. There will be a native plant sale on Saturday that will be open to the public. For more info, visit


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Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10 am: Hazeldell Meadow and Daniel Boone National Forest, Pulaski County, Kentucky

Dan Boone and Bill Edwards will co-lead this trip. Hazeldell Meadow is the only highland rim wet barrens, also described as a “wet prairie,”known to exist in Kentucky. Two rare species, dwarf sundew (Drosera brevifolia) and shortleaf skeletongrass (Gymnopogan brevifolius), occur here and nowhere else in Kentucky. Other rarities we are likely to see in bloom are lesser Canadian St. Johnswort (Hypericum canadense), spindleroot (Ludwiga hirtella), threadleaf evening primrose(Oenothera linifolia), and long-leavedpanic grass (Panicum longifolium). Also expect to see at least three lobelia species and literally hundreds of yellow fringed orchid (Platanthera ciliaris).You may need boots, depending upon rainfall earlier in the week. There are no facilities at this preserve. Pack a lunch to eat here. We will drive into Somerset for a short respite before heading to Laurel Lake for other rare orchids. We expect to leave from Laurel Lake for home around 4 pm.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions and to let her know if you will be attending and if you would like to carpool.

Directions: Take I-75 south to exit 62 for Mt. Vernon and Renfro Valley. Turn right (south) on US 25. Go a half mile to Wendy's, where we will meet up at 10 am. The address for the Wendy’s is 1250 Richmond St, Mount Vernon, KY 40456.

We will then caravan south on KY 461 for 9.6 miles to KY 934.Turn right, travel 5.7 miles to Woodstock. Turn left on KY 39, going south about one mile. At the gas station, turn left onto Ocala Road. Proceed about 2 miles to Hazeldell Church. The preserve is across from the church.

After lunch, we'll head south on KY 39 to Somerset for fuel and rest rooms. After re-grouping, we'll head east on KY 80 to KY 192 to Laurel Lake Road and Marsh Branch Road.

Going back to Cincinnati, you will take KY 192 to London, Kentucky to enter I-75 at exit 38.


Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10 am: Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson and Jennings counties, Indiana

Andrew Lane Gibson will lead this hike. We'll explore Muscatatuck's flat woods and swamps that contain some nice mature stands of forest with unusual species like swamp cottonwood, swamp chestnut oak, ando vercup oak. There are even some sections of old growth, with impressive trees within. Muscatatuck's woods also are filled with some interesting and unusual plants you don't get to see in Ohio, such as aquatic milkweed, camphor-weed, climbing hempvine, and catchfly grass, among many others. Good opportunities exist for viewing birds, especially waterfowl, and wildlife—bald eagles and river otters are two potential sights. Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 as a refuge to provide resting and feeding areas for waterfowl during their annual migrations. More than 280 species of birds have been seen at Muscatatuck, and the refuge is recognized as a “Continentally Important” bird area.

Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions and to let her know if you will be attending.  

Directions: Take U.S. Hwy 50 west toward Seymour, Indiana. The refuge entranceis located three miles east of Interstate 65 on U.S. Hwy. 50. The address is Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. U.S. Hwy 50, Seymour, IN 47274. Meetat the nature center. Muscatatuck NWR is about 2 hours from Cincinnati travellingby way of U.S. Hwy 50. 


**August 27–29, 2015 : Flora-Quest, Mohican State Forest and Area

Twenty of Ohio’s top botanists and naturalists willconverge at Mohican State Forest to lead a variety of field trips for Flora-Quest. The conference and outings will explore the waterfalls, ferns ,mushrooms, and hemlock trees of the Clear Fork river gorge. Speakers include Steve McKee, Greg Lipps, and Jim Berry. For more information and to register, go to www.flora-quest.comor email  or call 419-683-8952.


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Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm:Members’ Photo Sharing Program, Avon Woods Nature Center

Please bring your photos (on thumb drive or CD) to share with friends. We will have a digital projector and computer, and cookies and coffee, too. Come early, at 6:30 pm, and bring a picnic dinner, if you like. Call Bob Bergstein at 513-477-4438 for computer information and to let him know if you are sharing photos.

Directions: Avon Woods Nature Center is a Cincinnati City Park at 4235 Paddock Road, Cincinnati 45229. From the Norwood Lateral (SR 562), drive 0.9 mile south on Paddock to the Avon Woods Park driveway. Turn sharp right onto the drive next to the park sign (on the westside of Paddock) and go to the lodge at the end of the long dark drive. 

Information about our fall events will be posted in early Sept 2015


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

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------Quick look ahead 2014-2015 
** indicates a co-sponsored or non-Society event   

Saturday May 16, 2015 : Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve

** Sunday June 7, 2015 : Potluck
Picnic at Keystone Flora, Hamilton Co., OH

(NEW) Sunday June 28, 2015:  Field Trip- Chrys Cook's Meadow, Dearborn Co. IN

Saturday July 11, 2015 : Field Trip 
Kamama Prairie, Adams Co., OH

Saturday July 18, 2015:  Field Trip 
Shawnee State Forest, Scioto Co., OH

**Friday-Sunday, July 24–26, 2015- 7th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference, Bergamo Center, Dayton, Ohio

Saturday August 8, 2015:  Field Trip-

Hazeldell Meadow and Daniel Boone National Forest, Pulaski Co., KY

Saturday August 22, 2015:  Field Trip-

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson and Jennings counties, IN

**August 27–29, 2015 : Flora-Quest, Mohican State Forest and Area  

Friday September 11, 2015:  Program at Avon Woods Nature Center

6:30 pm Picnic Supper

7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program

Saturday September 12, 2015  
Field Trip- Spiranthes & Gentians of Adams County and Shawnee State Forest, Adams and Scioto counties, OH


** indicates events co-sponsored by the Society 

Questions about events, lost going to an event, need e-mail reminders of events?

Call Christine Hadley, President at 513-850-9585 email

or Bob Bergstein, Vice President at 513-477-4438, new email is


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 I 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.


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