PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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HIKES TO FIND and look at native wildflowers can lead one to discover some of the most spectacular scenery El Dorado County has to offer, as this view from a recent El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS) wildflower hike near Latrobe breathtakingly shows. Photo by Tripp Mikich

Prospecting

Spring wildflowers beckon

By From page B1 | March 21, 2014

Ever wonder where the best places in El Dorado County are to catch the most colorful displays of spring wildflowers?

Well, the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has the answer to that question in their Tuesday, March 25 presentation “Spring Wildflower Wanderings in El Dorado County.” The presentation is at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville.

The hour-long talk and slideshow by Sue Britting, current El Dorado Chapter board member and past president of the state CNPS, is free and open to the public.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the library, with refreshments and informal sharing beginning at 6:30. Guests are invited to bring a flower or plant they would like identified. No previous plant knowledge is necessary to enjoy this colorful and informative presentation.

Britting’s visual wildflower tour will highlight the best places in the county to see spring displays of native wildflowers, as well as some of the easiest of the flowers to recognize. The tour starts with the foothills and moves on up in elevation into the Sierra Nevada.

Her slides will also highlight some of the unique plant communities in El Dorado County and other spectacular landscapes and the plants the county is famous for.

Guests will also get to know some of the most common flowers of El Dorado County and get a peek at some rarer blooms that trekkers might be lucky enough to see while hiking or on an outing with CNPS members on one of the chapter’s regularly scheduled field trips.

Britting will also give pointers on some of the easiest and best trails for casual viewing, many of them close at hand. Maps and simple directions to some of the areas will also be provided.

Britting’s presentation is a great orientation for anyone wanting to begin to explore the region’s native wildflowers or needing a refresher in anticipation of the upcoming hiking season. The season officially begins with the El Dorado Chapter of CNPS Vernal Pool field trip Saturday, March 29. This short hike will go along the old railroad tracks near Latrobe to see the only known vernal pool in El Dorado County, with an array of unique native plant species specifically adapted to the ephemeral wet-to-dry conditions of vernal pools.

For more information on El Dorado CNPS, including specifics on field trips and other presentations and additional information of locations for wildflower viewing in the county see eldoradocnps.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/eldoradocnps or call 530-748-9365.

Tripp Mikich

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