eSpotlight - Where the Wildflowers Are
"Do you suppose she's a wildflower?" - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Showers and Flowers
With the abundant precipitation California has had this winter, many areas across the state are experiencing an even more brilliant spring wildflower bloom than usual. I've had several calls at my library branch from patrons wanting to know where they can go locally to see wildflowers. I've recommended Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill and Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve in Redwood City. Both areas have several hiking trails which feature a beautiful variety of wildflowers. Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve is conducting a series of guided Wildflower Walks through early June. The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Trust Authority has other suggestions for local wildflower viewing and a downloadable guidebook.
San José Public Library's Discover and Go program has discount tickets to the Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery and the University of California Botanical Gardens at Berkeley currently featuring spring blooms.
Become a Backyard Botanist
As you enjoy the sights and scents of the wildflowers, you may want to identify them. These eBooks can be downloaded to your mobile device providing a portable resource for flower information and identification.
Throughout history, flowers have inspired art, poetry and thought. Give that blooming artist or philosopher within a boost with these eResources.
Wildflowers at Home
Wildflowers in your garden or flower boxes are not only attractive, they support pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Here are some eResources to guide you in creating your own wildflower garden.