National Wildflower Week is May 6-13 — it's the perfect time to visit a botanic garden or park where you can see spring blooms of the native variety. With hundreds of public gardens throughout the country, there is sure to be one near you. An increasing number of them have sections devoted to wildflowers and native plants, and all public gardens offer important information about the plant world and how it benefits other species — like us! Wildflowers add beauty to the landscape, help conserve water, reduce mowing costs, provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, protect the soil and save money on fertilizer and pesticides.
Enjoy wildflowers with these resources:
- For a state-by-state list of botanic gardens to visit, go to www.wildflower.org/reciprocal/.
- You can also visit a sanctuary, local, state or national park to view wildflowers. Go to www.wildflower.org and www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/index.shtml in the spring for lists of wildflower sightings along roadways you travel.
- Want your own display? Add wildflowers to your backyard or along roadways and driveways. Explore plants native to your area at www.wildflower.org/explore and get tips for avoiding some of common wildflower-growing mistakes at www.wildflower.org/feature/?id=90.
Need even more reasons to get outside and enjoy wildflowers? Check out NEEF's Children & Nature infographic to learn how being active in nature makes kids healthier. The infographic is freely available for download and sharing at www.neefusa.org/health/infographic.
This information is provided by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.