Wildflower Show

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

Co-chairs Brian LeNeve and Michael Mitchell invite you to the Annual Wildflower Show at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. This winter’s rainfall has, so far, made up for its unusually late start and we are hoping that we may have a fine wildflower season and be able to put on a spectacular show with over 700 specimens on display.

During the show, members of CNPS will be available to identify plants or (hopefully) photos of plants for the public and Bruce Cowen will lead tours  of the museum’s native plant garden.

The CNPS bookstore will be there all three days offering books on California native plants – including our newest, gorgeous, “must have!” Monterey County Wildflowers – a Field Guide by Rod Yeager, MD and Michael Mitchell, a wonderful photo book of 950 of the most common plants in the County and our more technical publication, The Plants of Monterey County, an Illustrated Field Guide – Second Edition by Matthews and Mitchell. Numerous other titles will be available to help you identify native plants, show you how to use them in your garden, find them on your travels, and learn about their historical and current importance.

While details are not currently available, we expect that the Museum will have a stimulating selection of classes scheduled during the show. Please check their website for updates at www.pgmuseum.org.

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.