Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Tuesday Feb 9, 2016 at 11:30 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- OnSaturday January 30, 2016 about 30 arrived for the Krohn Conservatory tour on a warm winter day (40 warming later to 60). Our two tour guides Jeff Capella and Charmaine Mamantov divided our group and led excellent tours of the various Krohn rooms, pointing out many of the interesting plants and their stories. Group Photo , Leaders Jeff and Charmaine , Helen Black , Starfruit . We later had a lunch at nearby Mt Adams Bar and Grill.
Saturday Feb 6 was another nice day. Our leader Ed Seibert led our small group on a fine tour. Group photo (Ed with Notebook) , citrus family Buddha's Hand. We enjoyed lunch at the same restaurant.
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Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center
“Botanical Ecotourism — Newfoundland Revealed”
Dr. Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus of Botany, Miami University
Newfoundland is the odd child out when it comes to Canada. It did not become part of Canada until 1949. It is the 10th largest island in the world. When it is noon in Cincinnati it is 1:30 pm in Newfoundland. It can only be reached by sea (ferry) or air (plane). France,i.e., the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, is only 16 miles away.
Botanically, it is a wonderful place to visit. The botanist Fernald traveled here in the early 1930s, making wonderful discoveries on the northern peninsula, highlighted in two magnificent reserves— Watts Point and Burnt Cape Ecological Reserves. The gem of the west coast is Gros Morne National Park, a World Heritage site, containing a number of serpentine endemics. On the Avalon Peninsula in the east we encounter the hyper-oceanic barrens with dwarfed vegetation in the Hawke Hills, Cape St. Mary's, and Cape Race. In St. John’s we find the easternmost botanical garden in North America. Travel with Hardy as he reveals this unsurpassed landscape and its unique flora and fauna.
Directions to Avon Woods Nature Center:
Most of our meetings are held at Avon Woods Nature Center, a Cincinnati park located at 4235 Paddock Road, 45229 in the Paddock Hills/North Avondale neighborhood.
From the Norwood Lateral (Route 562) , drive 9/10 mile south on Paddock. (You pass across Tennessee Ave. and little Egan Hills Drive or your right)
Turn sharp right into the park driveway next to the park sign (on the WEST side of Paddock)
Follow the long dark driveway to the lodge at the end.
To see a google map, click here . If lost, call Bob Bergstein at 513-477-4438
Typical Meeting - During a typical meeting, we have a short (and entertaining) 15-minute business meeting first, then the featured speaker, followed by excellent refreshments. Our events are free and open to the public and all are welcome. You will have the opportunity to meet our speaker after the meeting.
**(new) Saturday February 13, 2016 : Tour of Ohio State Greenhouse in Columbus:
The Greenhouse Manager of UC's Greenhouse Alexia Callahan writes to the Wildflower Society
"I have scheduled a tour of the OSU greenhouse for February 13. It is $5 per adult, and $2.50 per child/student (<18). Please RSVP to with the number of people in your group so that I may get a head count. The address is 332 West 12th Avenue. The greenhouse is on top of Parking Garage K (where we will park) on the Columbus campus of the Ohio State University. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from the Cincinnati area.
This greenhouse seems to be a well-functioning educational facility for the university and even has an insectary with approximately 130 species of insects and arthropods! For more information, please see the OSU Greenhouse website.
They have a particularly nice collection of aroids with which they have made spectacular time lapse videos. If we are VERY lucky we might catch one blooming!
Hoping to see you all there! I will let you know the time as soon as I have a head count. I am expecting it to begin around 12:00pm."
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Friday, March 11, 2016 : Annual Meeting & Lecture, Northern Hills Fellowship, 460 Fleming Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
Come to any part or all of the annual meeting.
5:15 pm Appetizers and fellowship
5:45 pm Covered dish potluck dinner
7:00 pm Annual Meeting and Lecture
“The Story of Bender Mountain”
presented by Tim Sisson, President, Western Wildlife Corridor, & Dr. Denis Conover, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
Tim Sisson will talk about the geology of Cincinnati's Bender Mountain, and it's history; including Native Americans, Euro American settlement, the riverboat era, invasive non-native plants and their removal, and the recovery of the native flora after the invasive plants were brought under control by Western Wildlife Corridor volunteers. Dr. Denis Conover will give an overview of the preserve’s flora, as his surveys continually expand the list of plants present.
Directions to Northern Hills Fellowship: Twice a year in December and March, we have meetings (with a potluck dinner) at Northern Hills Fellowship located at 460 Fleming Road 45231 . Fleming Road runs East-West between Winton Road and Springfield Pike, and is just North of the Suburb of Wyoming, Ohio. Look closely since the Sign is small. For a google map click here
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 am — 3 pm: The Spine at Cedar Falls, Adams County, Ohio
Chris Bedel of the Cincinnati Museum Center and Rich McCarty of The Nature Conservancy will co-lead this moderately difficult hike. Cedar Run cuts through the dolostone bedrock of the Bluegrass Region of Ohio, forming dramatic cliffs and spines of rock that beckon exploration. This region is known for its high plant diversity and the hike will explore the earliest spring ephemerals along Cedar Run as we travel cross-country and off-trail en route to the dramatic Cedar Falls. Plant highlights will include the state’s newest location for the endangered goldstar lily, a carpet of streamside spring ephemerals, and the unique flora of the preserve’s dolostone cliffs. Pack a lunch. RSVP to Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585or as this has limited participants.
Directions: Meet at the Eulett Center at 9:30 am. From Cincinnati, takeI-275 to exit 63 for OH 32 East. (Be aware that this intersection has been drastically changed.) Travel 41 miles on OH 32. Turn right onto OH 247 Southand travel for 9.7 miles. Turn left onto Main Street (which is also OH 125).Continue on OH 125 (Sunrise Avenue) for about 6 miles. Turn right onto Waggoner Riffle Road and drive for 1.3 miles to the Eulett Center, located at 4274 Waggoner Riffle Road, West Union, Ohio 45693. We will carpool from the Eulett Center to Cedar Falls
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Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2 pm: Devou Park, Kenton County, Kentucky
Join us on the Society’s search for the usual cast of vernal ephemeral wild flowers in this 703-acre urban-altered gem. Robert Repasky will blaze the path around the Benny Vastine Nature Trail and along the Sleepy Hollow and Old Montague Trails, Goat Path, and Full Monty. The total trail length is about 2 miles and we plan the hill walk (so the walk back to your car will be a breeze). Expect to see a mixed mesophitic canopy with Lonicera spp. understory and a newly restored prairie patch. The Behringer-Crawford Museum (located at 1600 Montague Road) is open Sunday until 5 pm.
Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-71 South into Kentucky and take Exit 189 for Kyles Lane (KY 1072). Turn right onto Kyles Lane. Turn right onto Dixie Highway (US 42 & US 127). Drive for 0.2 miles and turn left onto Sleepy Hollow Rd. (KY 1072). Drive for about 1.5 miles on Sleepy Hollow and turn right onto Montague Road. Drive for 500 feet and the parking lot is on the left (across from the trailhead).
**April 15–17, 2016 : The Arc’s Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage, Southern Ohio
A weekend of guided hikes to botanical hotspots in the Arc of Appalachia Preserves (Highlands Nature Sanctuary) and surrounding area (southern Ohio) at the peak of wildflower season. This is a major event; the natural areas are of extremely high quality and the hike leaders are experienced naturalists and botanists. Call 937-365-1935 or go to www.arcofappalachia.org/events/wildflower.html for more info.
(Sorry, all spaces for the Hickman hike have now been filled)
**Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10 am: Mrs. Baylor O. Hickman Nature Preserve, Pulaski County, Kentucky
This is a Nature Conservancy hike co-led by volunteer preserve steward Bill Edwards. This is a rare opportunity to visit a special TNC preserve normally closed to the public. This rugged and remote 143-acre preserve is wedged between 220-foot-high sandstone bluffs and the clear waters of the Rockcastle River, a state-designated Wild River Corridor Area. Due tothe sensitivity of its rare riparian environment, as well as the number and frequency of federally listed endangered species, the preserve is a designated nature refuge. Therefore, the collection of plants, artifacts, or other living and non-living elements is strictly prohibited. This hike is considered strenuous. The hike is limited and advance reservations are required. RSVP at 859-259-9655 or email Lisa Morris at . (Sorry, all spaces for the Hickman hike have now been filled)
Directions: Participants are asked to convene at 9:30 am in the parking lot behind McDonalds, near the northwest corner of Exit 41 of I-75 in London, KY, and carpool to the preserve.
**Saturday April 23, 2016,10 am- 2 pm Spring Fest in the Woods - Burnet Woods Trailside Nature Center, 3400 Brookline Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
A Cincinnati Park event. It’s a celebration of Spring! Join us for wild edible cooking demonstrations, crafts, vendors,live animals and more! Live music and face painting on site. Learn about Ohio’s native plants and wildflowers and how you can help with habitat restoration.Get some spring tonic while you’re there! Call 861.3435 for more information.
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2 pm: Miller Sanctuary State NaturePreserve, Highland County, Ohio
Marjie Becus will lead this field trip to see interesting rock formations and spring wildflowers. Miller is especially nice because of the profusion of many different wildflowers in a small area. We expect to see large flowered trillium, Virginia bluebells, miterwort, blue cohosh, wild columbine, and various others. We will walk 1½ miles of trail slowly. If wet, trails could be slippery. There are no facilities at thisp reserve.
Directions: From the I-275 Exit 59, take US Rt. 50east through Hillsboro to Rainsboro (49 miles). Turn right (south) onto Barrett Mill Road. (St. Rt. 753 goes off to theleft.) At the fork, take the road to the left, which will keep you on Barrett Mill Road. In about 2.1 miles, just after a big curve, turn left into the Eugene and Henrietta Miller Nature Sanctuary. Warning: The sign is set back in the woods. If you cross the bridge on Barrett Mill Road, you’ve gone about 1/3 of a mile too far. After turning in by the Sanctuary sign, drive ½ mile back and park. The address is 13617-13835 Barrett Mill Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612. (These numbers give you the boundaries of the preserve. The entrance is between the two.)
**Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10 am: Prairie Road Fen & Gallagher Fen State Nature Preserves, Clark County, Ohio
Dan Boone will lead this hike, which is a joint field trip with the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ONAPA). These are high-quality fens, some of the best examples of prairie fen communities in the state. We’ll also see a gravel hill prairie. Many state-listed species are found in these preserves. We are expecting to see the rare northern bog violet and native sweetgrass.
Pack a lunch. Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions and to let her know you are attending.
Directions: We will start at Gallagher Fen. From Cincinnati, head north on I-75 toward Dayton. Take Exit 43 to get on I-675 North. Drive about 25 miles and take exit 26A to merge onto I-70 East and head toward Springfield. Take I-70 East for 15 miles to Exit 62 for US 40. Turn right onto US 40 and travel 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Bowman Road. Drive for 1.2 miles and turn left onto Old Columbus Road. Drive for almost 2 miles to the parking lot on the left.
**Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9am to 6 pm: Western Wildlife Corridor Twelfth Annual Wildflower Extravaganza, Kirby Nature Preserve
The Western WildlifeCorridor is combining its Flower-a-thon and Wildflower Festival into a true extravaganza this year. The Flower-a-thon hikes will give you a great chance to learn about the wildflowers of our region. Experts will lead you on hikes through several preserves in the corridor, showing you the amazing variety of plants there.
Have fun and learn about nature at the Kirby Nature Center. A native plant sale, hand-crafted items for sale,displays by local environmental organizations, and activities for children will all be included. Contact Rebecca at 859-512-1983 to learn more about this enjoyable event or to inquire about participating. Check out www.westernwildlifecorridor.org for details.
Details of the following events with be posted here in April, and appear in our Spring Newsletter.
Sunday May 8, 2016 Field Trip at Richardson Forest Preserve, Hamilton Co., OH
Saturday May 14, 2016 Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve
**Saturday May 21, 2016 Field Trip at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Lucas Co., OH
-- June 2016--
Saturday June 4, 2016 Field Trip at Shawnee State Forest, Scioto Co., OH
**Sunday June 5, 2016 Annual Picnic at Keystone Flora, Hamilton Co.,OH
**Weekend July 8-10, 2016 Midwest Native Plant Society Conference, in Dayton, Ohio, http://www.cincinnatiwildones.org/event-calendar/
Saturday July 16, 2016 Field Trip at Smith Cemetery, Bigelow Cemetery & Milford Center Prairie State Nature Preserves, Madison Co., OH
Saturday August 6, 2016 Field Trip at Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve, Adams Co., OH
Sunday August 21, 2016 Field Trip - Pollination Appreciation Walk at Cox Arboretum, Montgomery Co., OH
Friday September 9, 2016 at Avon Woods Nature Center
6:30 pm Picnic Supper (optional)
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program
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