By Ralph McKechnie
Of the Independent
In the 32 year history of the Wildflower show, held annually in Shady Cove, the Wildflower association has donated more than $250,000 for medical equipment to Fire District #4. Medical apparatus, such as the blood pressure apparatus at the Shady Cove Market, radios to help with communication and coordination, and a huge variety of other equipment that is a direct benefit to the citizens of the Upper Rogue area.
This year, the show dates are May 4-5 between the hours of 10 a. m. and 4 p. m. at the school. Admission is by donation, and the suggestion is for $2, but Sarah Hammond, President of the Society, says “we don’t turn anyone away.”
Hammond says there will be some 200 plant specimens of local wild flowers and a variety of others that are not main-stream varieties. She says there will also be a huge variety of vegetable and flowering varieties for sale in the boutique which features “rock bottom prices.” Also featured will be hand-painted totes that were painted by a number of the club’s members.
In addition to the wild flowers will be many agency people from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and master gardener’s as well as others. They will have displays of commonly and not so commonly encountered species. They will additionally have information on invasive species and remedies for removal to stop the spread of unwanted plants.
This year’s show is dedicated to Clarisse Pitto, who for many years was chair of the Wildflower Association and a major contributor to the event.