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Monday, May 04, 2015

The Best .1 Mile You'll Walk This Week

Each May, we watch the forest floor closely for signs that the trillium are about to come up.  It happens virtually overnight -- last Friday we could detect no apparent signs, and today a carpet of pink and white flowers has appeared.  The time has come -- trillium is in bloom on the mountaintop!

Trillium Loop

One of the best ways to view the trillium is at Trillium Field, on the corner of Wintergreen Drive and Devils Knob Loop, adjacent to The Nature Foundation at  Wintergreen Trillium House. Trillium is a perennial wildflower, but it is also very fragile.  Even picking the flowers may kill the plant, so picking or stepping on the flowers is not recommended!  Luckily, there is a .1 mile path through Trillium Field that will let you enjoy the Trillium, while preserving these beautiful wildflowers.

Spring Wildflower Symposium

If you'd like to learn more about trillium and all our mountaintop wildflowers, come to the Spring Wildflowers Symposium, presented by the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen on May 15-17!  It's the 30th anniversary of the symposium, and the theme this year is "The Art and Science of Nature." There will be workshops, lectures, arts and activities such as how to design with wildflowers, as well as the native plant sale and numerous wildflowers walks and hikes through breathtaking fields of wildflowers.  This great event is perfect for all kinds of nature lovers - hikers, birders, gardeners, and even for those of us who just like to appreciate the view.

Register for the Spring Wildflower Symposium!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, May 04, 2015

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