Wildflower Show

The Annual Wildflower Show is Back!

April 9 – 10, 10am-5pm

Carmel Woman’s Club

Ninth & San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join us to see specimens of what is blooming in the wild areas throughout Monterey County during this extremely dry year. Learn about the county’s plants by way of books for sale, free handouts and from local wildflower experts. Snapshots are allowed and artists are welcome.

Welcome to the Monterey Bay Chapter’s Spring Wildflower Show! This year’s Show is a break from the nearly 60-year traditional wildflower show as to name, location, and instead of the third weekend of April, it will take place on the second.

With the recent relaxation of the pandemic protocols, we are delighted to again present a wildflower tour of the county displayed in glass containers, arranged by plant family, identified by common name, scientific name (including recent name changes), whether native, introduced and/or invasive, as well as other potentially interesting bits of information. It’s a chance to marvel at plants’ shapes, sizes, colors, aromas, structures and where they chose to grow; share stories, ask questions, even get help figuring out the name of the plant in your photo.

It will be interesting to see what the collecting teams find in this exceptionally dry season. At the last Wildflower Show (2019) at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History there were 722 taxa on display – I suspect the tables will be much less crowded this year, thus an opportunity to more fully enjoy each specimen.

CANCELLED – The 59th Annual Wildflower Show on April 16-19, 2020

Wildflower Show Canceled

After 58 years in a row the Annual Wildflower Show presented by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has been canceled. While in the past collectors and organizers have braved rain, snow, floods, and missing roads an invisible virus has forced us to cancel this year.

No one knows for sure when the Coronavirus pandemic will be over and, while the collectors would probably be OK considering they collect in mostly remote places, we cannot risk exposure to people who prepare the show or the many people who usually attend.

We plan to be back to work again next April and bring the 60th Wildflower Show to all of Monterey County. We know everyone understands how important controlling this virus is, so plan to joining us in April 2021.

To ease the pain of missing the wildflowers from throughout Monterey County on display this third week of April, we have provided links here and on our website to both individual flowers and jumbled masses which we hope you will enjoy.


Brian LeNeve

Virtual Wildflower Show

The 58th Annual Wildflower Show on April 19-21, 2019

Co-chairs Brian LeNeve and Michael Mitchell hosted the Annual Wildflower Show at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This winter’s rainfall had made up for the unusually late start and was a fine wildflower season. We were privileged to put on a spectacular show with over 700 specimens on display

The 57th Annual Wildflower Show was held on April 20-22, 2018

After an exceptionally dry winter, March finally produced meaningful rainfall but was unseasonably cool, as was early April. As a result, the wildflowers were several weeks later than normal and, despite March’s rain, good displays of wildflowers were few and far between. Despite this, our intrepid collectors managed to find about 675 different species to display. Our “best in show” went to a particularly fine example of the Most Beautiful Jewelflower (Streptanthus glandulosus subsp. glandulosus) collected by Brian & Carol Le Neve. Here are some pictures of the show, including some especially striking flowers, our best in show and our perennial joke which lays claim to being the most photographed flower in the show and is a sad commentary on the organizers’ sense of humor.

Setting up the show is an intensive team effort, requiring the initial unpacking and identifying of hundreds of plants, detailed examination and keying out of difficult specimens and not least finding the right card to accompany the plant as it is goes out on to the floor.