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Letters, April 15

No wildflower show

That’s disappointing news about the closing of the Ashland Community Center on Winburn Way. So many of us use the Community Center for our gatherings and events. Regretfully, the annual Fourth of July Wildflower Show will have to be canceled. There is just no suitable alternative site. Hopefully, the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon’s Wildflower Show will be back in the Ashland Community Center on July 4, 2020.

Speaking of wildflower shows, there are many in our state to visit. The premier wildflower show in the Pacific Northwest is in Glide on April 27 and 28. Glide is on the North Umpqua River, an easy two-hour drive from Ashland. Up on the Rogue River, the Shady Cove Wildflower Show is May 4 and 5. Silver Falls State Park will celebrate its 41st Annual Birding and Wildflower Festival on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12. The Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Lane County will celebrate its 40th annual Wildflower and Music Festival on May19.

Also in May, the Cheahmill Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon has a wildflower show and native plant sale in McMinnville. And, on July 6, the High Desert Chapter does the Central Oregon Wildflower Show at the Sunriver Nature Center. The Native Plant Society of Oregon is dedicated to the enjoyment, conservation, and study of Oregon’s native plants and habitats.

This year, Oregon Native Plan Appreciation Week is April 21-27; a good week to get out and enjoy this glorious spring we are having.

Dave Garcia, Siskiyou Chapter president


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