It's Wildflower Season

 

Wildflowers are one of the best things about spring and are an especially welcome reward this season in the wake of all the rains. Get out and take in the dazzling array of color on one of the many hikes throughout the county. Detailed maps can be found online at AllTrails, or check with Marin County Parks and Point Reyes National Seashore to join a ranger-led jaunt. 

 

If hiking isn’t your thing, don’t worry — there are plenty of easily accessible wildflower-oriented events and activities going on in the upcoming months. At the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito, the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (Marin CNPS) is presenting Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change, which features over 70 wildflower portraits and native landscapes by Marin City photographers Nita Winter and Rob Badger. The award-winning photographers have been capturing the allure of California for over two decades while highlighting the dangers and damages brought on by climate change, including the waning wildflower population. The show emphasizes Marin’s landscapes but also those elsewhere in the state, from Sierra alpine rock gardens to Death Valley’s desert scenery. Additional CNPS events and activities include a native plant pollinator garden in front of the Bay Model, two major speakers on climate change issues, naturalist-led hikes to local wildflower habitats and more. The exhibition runs April 2 through June 1 and is free and open to the public.

 

WILDFLOWER WALKS

 

Ring Mountain

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.7 miles

 

Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 1.3 miles

 

Marin Headlands, Hill 88

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 3.9 miles

 

Mount Burdell

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 5.2 miles

 

Mount Tamalpais

Difficulty: Hard

Length: 6.6 miles

 

This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine's print edition with the headline: "Beautiful Blooms".

 

 

Categories: Currents, Kasia Pawlowska