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Wildflower Show

Wildflower Show SignThe 43nd Wildflower Show will be held at West Valley College on Saturday, April 29 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The show will feature hundreds of species of wildflowers and native plants.  Expert botanists and gardeners will be on site to describe different samples and answer questions. With the heavy rain this winter, we are expecting a prolific bloom of Northern California wildflowers.

The keynote speaker will be John Muir Laws, who will give a talk on How to sketch wildflowers. There will be additional lectures on wildflower identification, pollinators, choosing native plants for local gardens, and the Vasona Creek Restoration Project. Native plant books, posters, and note cards will also be available. Vendors such as  Coyote Brush Studios and Emily Chin will be there, and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District will have a table with information about the opening of Mt. Umunhum. You will be able to purchase native plants from the Grassroots Ecology Nursery and the Jean and David Struthers Native Plant Nursery.

 A variety of activities for children will be available, as will handouts listing places to see wildflowers.

Lectures:

11:00-12:00 How to Sketch Wildflowers John Muir Laws
12:15-12:45 Pollinators and More Steve Rosenthal
1:00-1:30 Wildflower Family ID Steve Rosenthal
1:45-2:15 Vasona Creek Restoration Scott Ludwig
2:30-3:30 Habitat Gardening Arvind Kumar
 
Tours:
10:30-11:00 Meet the Mural Artist, Debbie Bakker (Debbie Bakker)
1:00-1:30 Native Plant Tour of Campus (Vivian Neou)
2:30-3:30 Tour of Vasona Creek Restoration Area (Scott Ludwig)

The tour of the West Valley College stretch of Vasona Creek provides information on the ongoing college creek restoration project. The project features a riparian corridor restored with native, drought tolerant plants and storm water management. The WVC Biology Department, co-host of the event, will showcase their teaching murals, the refurbished green house, and the future Science Garden.

The West Valley College campus is located at 14000 Fruitvale Ave., 95070. The show will be held in the Biology wing of the Science and Math buildings, which parallels Allendale Avenue. 

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