Rappahannock News

Wildflower Weekend at Shenandoah park

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Spring wildflower­s and nature art will be celebrated during Shenandoah National Park's 35th annual Wildflower Weekend on May 14 and 15. Guided hikes and programs will focus on the diversity and importance of not only hundreds of species of flowering plants that are protected by the park, but other seasonal changes as well.

Special features this year include a botanical art workshop led by watercolor artist Betty Gatewood, as well as a wildflower photograph­y workshop led by Ann and Rob Simpson. No art experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. There will also be a presentati­on by Shenandoah’s current Artist-in Residence, Jillian Sico.

All programs are free. No reservatio­ns are needed. However, there is a $30 entrance fee to the park. Adults and children are welcome on all Wildflower Weekend programs. For those who cannot attend in person, Shenandoah’s virtual wildflower walks from 2021 are on the Park’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ user/Shenandoah­NPS.

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