Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society 

Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter
Updated Wednesday May 31, 2023 at 11pm

Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public,  and all are welcome. (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) ."You don’t have to be a plant expert to enjoy these trips and lectures. The locations are amazing and the atmosphere is casual. I’ve enjoyed every event that I’ve attended for many years!"- BB

What you missed- On May 13, 2023 our group of 11 pulled garlic mustard at the Caesar Creek State Nature Preserve on Corwin Road. Thanks to all who helped. We enjoyed a nice lunch afterwards. Group photo , Truck with Garlic mustard

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**Sunday, June 4, 2023 from Noon till 4 (Lunch at 1pm): Potluck Picnic with Northside Greenspace Inc. and CWFPS at Keystone Flora in Wooden Shoe Hollow, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

Join us at the nearby native plant nursery Keystone Flora, located in historic Wooden Shoe Hollow, whose greenhouses and truck farms once provided fresh produce to urban Cincinnati. We thank owner Steve Slack who will provide informal tours of the nursery, prairie, and bioswale.

Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and a dish to share (with serving spoon).  Contact Keystone Flora at 513-961-2727 if you get lost.

Directions: From either direction on I-75, take the Mitchell Avenue exit (exit 6). Head north on Mitchell Avenue (left if you were on 75 north; right if you were heading south). Turn left onto Spring Grove Avenue (the first major intersection). Turn right onto Winton Road (at second traffic light). Turn right onto Kings Run (at third traffic light). Turn left onto Winton Ridge (at first intersection). Veer left onto Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane (about 1000 feet from the turn onto Winton Ridge). Follow Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane for 0.3 miles. The lane goes straight, then curves to the right, and goes straight again until it enters a wooded canopy area curving left.

Google knows the address for Keystone Flora 5045 Wooden Shoe Hollow Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45232.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 10 am: Butterfly Ridge, Hocking Co, OH

Butterfly Ridge Butterfly Conservation Center has been in Chris' family since 1863 and provides an opportunity to enjoy both wildflowers and butterflies. Chris Kline will give us a tour of their 21 acre property that includes a one-mile trail, a treehouse overlooking a forest opening, and 1.5 acres of old field converted to prairie. The butterflies identified and listed on the property totaled 64 species as of 2022. Admission is $6/person to support the ongoing work removing invasives and creating habitats that continue to delight photographers and nature lovers. https://www.butterfly-ridge.com/welcome-to-butterfly-ridge

Please let Angela Carter know if you will be attending at 513-300-2787 or amcarter@fuse.net so that we know when everyone has arrived.

Directions: Plan on a commute time of 2hrs 15 min from Cincinnati. The address for Butterfly Ridge is 17864 State Route 374, Rockbridge, OHIO, 43149.

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Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 10 am: Land Between the Lakes, Trigg County, Kentucky

Land Between the Lakes is considered a botanical hotspot. Dan Boone will lead us down trails in search of Price’s potato-bean, Apios priceana, and Eryngium prostratum, creeping eryngo, as well as some roadside botanizing. Afterwards you can visit the Elk and Bison Prairie or watch for bald eagles on the lake.

Please pack a lunch, water and snacks and consider staying overnight for Sunday’s option.

Directions: Plan on a commute time of 5 hrs from Cincinnati. The address is Woodlands Nature Station, 3146 Silver Trail Road, Cadiz, KY 42211

Sunday, July 23, 2023 at 10 am: May Prairie, Coffee County, Kentucky

Please join Dan and Angela as we wander through the prairie for Plantanthera nivea, Drosera brevifolia, Tofieldia racemosa, Silphium pinnatifidum and several species of blazing star and milkwort. May Prairie is one of the State's most floristically diverse natural areas with 25 of its more than 300 plant species that occur here considered rare in Tennessee.

Please RSVP to Angela Carter, 513-300-2787 or amcarter@fuse.net, so that we know who is attending and give directions to our parking destination.

Directions: Plan on a commute time of 5.5 hrs from Cincinnati or 3 hrs from Woodlands Nature Station

Sunday, July 30, 2023 at 10 am: Huffman Prairie, Greene County, Ohio

Dave Nolin will guide us along the trail at Huffman Prairie that should be in full bloom with purple coneflower, blazing star and royal catchfly. This 100 acre prairie holds an abundance of the plants one would have found in Ohio's original prairie plant community. You may want to read his book “Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie: Where Aviation Took Wing” if you have not already. Nice brochure at https://www.metroparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/HuffmanPrairieBrochure_0320_digital2.pdf

Please bring water and binoculars for some birding as well as enjoying the wildflowers.

Directions: Plan on a commute time of 1 hr from Cincinnati and follow Google Maps to Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark, Pylon Rd, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

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Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 10 am: Bloomfield Barrens, Spencer County, IN

There are few examples of a true barrens community still remaining in Indiana and a number of uncommon plants thrive in Bloomfield Barrens. Dan Boone will lead us through the flatwoods and barrens in the hopes of finding the native spider lily, Hymenocallis Occidentalis, in bloom.

Please RSVP to Angela Carter, amcarter@fuse.net or 513-300-2787, since parking is limited. limited. Directions and any necessary carpooling will be determined 7-10 days prior.

Directions: Plan on a commute time of 3hrs from Cincinnati. Meeting place will be announced a week before the field trip to RSVP attendees.

Next Newsletter will be available in September 2023

September 8, 2023 at 7:30 pm: Friday Program
Avon Woods Nature Center
In Person and Zoom Presentation
6:30 pm Optional Picnic Supper
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program

Fall 2023 events will be posted in Early September



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--Quick look ahead 2023--
** means Non-Society event

 ** Sunday June 4, 2023 - Picnic at Keystone Flora,
Hamilton Co, OH

Saturday June 10, 2023-Butterfly Ridge, Hocking Co, OH

Saturday July 22, 2023- Land Between the Lakes, Lyon
& Trigg Co, KY

Sunday July 23, 2023- May Prairie, Coffee Co, TN

Sunday July 30, 2023 - Huffman Prairie, Greene Co, OH

Saturday Aug 12, 2023Bloomfield Barrens, Spencer Co, IN

September 8, 2023 at 7:30 pm: Friday Program
Avon Woods Nature Center
In Person and Zoom Presentation
6:30 pm Optional Picnic Supper
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program

Fall 2023 events will be posted in Early September

** indicates events co-sponsored by the Society 

Questions about events, lost going to an event, need e-mail reminders of events?

Call President Angela Carter at amcarter@fuse.net or 513-300-2787,

or Bob Bergstein, Communications Chairman at 513-477-4438 text/phone or email bergstein123@gmail.com


All of our events are free and open to the public.  Of course if you enjoy our events, as we think you will,  it is nice to join to help support the Society. Our hikes and lectures are excellent, in a wonderful casual atmosphere.  You will have the opportunity to talk with our speakers after the meetings. Our hike leaders are knowledgeable and will be glad to point out the plants that we are seeing


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