Club learns how to ‘Find Wildflowers’

Published 5:02 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

The March program for the Nora Lancaster Garden Club was “Finding Wildflowers in Two State Parks,” which referenced flora mapping for Bear Creek State Park, Cumberland, and Holliday Lake State Park, Appomattox. 

How do you find particular flowers in these state parks? Dr. Cynthia Wood, former Longwood University faculty member and master gardener and Dr. Walter Witschey, professor of anthropology and geology at Longwood, explained how to find them. Wood and Witschey have worked together to make cartography maps for local state parks. Wood photographed, mapped with GPS and categorized all the wild flowers with their locations every two weeks for a year in these parks while Witschey took all the GPS data mapping with latitude and longitude and applied the technological piece to produce cartography maps.

Artistic exhibit ribbons for this month went to Jane Crute, Lazelle Jackson, Becky Kelly and Helen Smith —  all blue.  Horticulture exhibit ribbons were Becky Kelly, blue, Jane Clark, two blue and two red, Brenda Puryear, blue, Judy O’Steen, blue, Helen Smith and three blue.

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