Sunday, April 19, 2009
ELIZABETH FURNACE GROUP CAMP
Search for spring and summer wildflowers, including trailing arbutus and trout lilies, amid the lowlands of George Washington National Forest.
15618 Fort Valley Rd., Fort Valley, Va., 540-984-4101, http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj. Free for Elizabeth Furnace recreation area.
FORT VALLEY RANCH
View the flowers atop a horse named Jasmine, during a trail ride run by Fort Valley Ranch.
299 S. Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, Va., 540-933-6633, http://www.fortvalleystable.com. Rides from $28.
BYRD VISITOR CENTER
The Byrd Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park hosts several events during Wildflower Weekend, such as nature photography clinics and guided nature walks.
Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive, Big Meadows, Va., 540-999-3283, http://www.nps.gov/shen. Entrance fee through November is $15 per vehicle, $8 per pedestrian.
EDITH J. CARRIER ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
Native plants including bleeding hearts and Dutchman's breeches populate the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Garden at James Madison University.
780 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, Va., 540-568-3194, http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.
MRS. HARDESTY'S TEA ROOM
Choose from 65 loose-leaf types at Mrs. Hardesty's Tea Room at the Hardesty-Higgins House, where tables offer views of dogwood and peonies planted by the Spotswood Garden Club. Get a whiff of the different teas at the sniffer's bar.
212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, Va. 540-432-8942, http://www.hardestystea.com.
Members of the Virginia Native Plant Society planted green and gold (formal name: Chrysogonum virginianum) at Wildwood Park.
606 W. Bank St., Bridgewater, Va., 540-828-6980.
AUGUSTA SPRINGS WETLANDS
The upland trail at Augusta Springs Wetlands is adorned with bloodroot and hepatica.
Route 42, Augusta Springs, Va., 540-432-0187, http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/northriver/recreation/day_use/augusta_springs.shtml.
VALLEY OF VIRGINIA WILDFLOWERS MEADOWS
At Valley of Virginia Wildflowers Meadows, hike through six acres of land planted with 65 varieties of wildflowers.
76 McClure Blvd., Fairfield, Va., 540-348-5885, http://www.antiquesvirginia.com.