SLADE, Ky. – The Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend, April 11-13, 2014, is a chance for botanists, gardeners and nature lovers to enjoy the diversity of native plants at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.


Field trips and walks will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 1:30, 4 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday; 8:30 and 9 a.m., 1:30 and 2 p.m. Saturday; and at 9 a.m. on Sunday.  All field trips leave from the Hemlock Lodge lobby.


Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Woodland Center, guest speaker Dr. Ross Clark, retired professor of biological sciences for Eastern Kentucky University, will give a presentation titled “The Future for Trees.”  This presentation will be about bonsai with native plants. Clark is the author of “Native North American Plants for Bonsai,” which was published in 2012.


On Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodland Center, the Kentucky Native Plant Society will have its general meeting followed at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Dr. William H. Martin, who will present “Forests of Kentucky: an overview of their past, present, and future.”  Martin is a retired professor of biology and a former director of natural areas at Eastern Kentucky University.  Martin is also a former commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. 


On-site registration fee is $10 per adult and $3 per child. Registration is open 30 minutes before all field trips and presentations. An agenda will be available upon registration. For more information about Wildflower Weekend contact Brian Gasdorf at brian.gasdorf@ky.gov or call 1-800-325-1710.  For more information about the Kentucky Native Plant Society visit www.knps.org


Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the larger natural arches in the state and is surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, cottages, and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available.  For more information call 1-800-325-1710 or visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/nb


Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington and 2 miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.






The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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