Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society
Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter
Updated Tuesday Nov 6, 2018 at 6pm
Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) . All are welcome. Note: Home Tab above does not work correctly- fixed soon, I hope.
For descriptions and photos of the our other missed events, scroll down on our Newsletter tab
What you missed- On Saturday Oct 27, 2018, there was a non-Society invasive removal project at beautiful California Woods. Our group of 10 led by Cincy Parks’ Jonathan and Drew accomplished much on a cool fall day. Photo
What you missed - On Sunday Oct 28, 2018, several nature groups including our Society (thank you Christine and Jim), the Wild Ones, Debi Wolterman ( who alone has done so much to clean up this Preserve), Wilmington College, the Army Corps of Engineers and others, removed invasives from Caesar Creek Nature Preserve (below the Dam), followed by a fine lunch at the Visitor Center. Almost 50 participated, temperature 49 and overcast.
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center
Ethnobotany and the Legacy of Richard Evans Schultes
Robert Paratley, Professor of Natural Resources & Herbarium Curator, University of Kentucky
Ethnobotany deals with the relationships between human societies and plants. The subject as a formal academic program began in the early 20th Century. Before this, Christian missionaries, physician-botanists, and even Linnaeus himself had undertaken studies of non-Western peoples and their uses of plants.
But ethnobotany as practiced today has been shaped to a great extent by a single individual-- Richard Evans Schultes, the so-called “Father of Ethnobotany”. After studying human use of hallucinogenic plants at Harvard, he then then spent 12 years in the unmapped Columbian Amazonian rainforest, with the native Indian tribes, discovering hundreds of plants and their place in native cultures.
After Schultes, ethnobotany became much more than simply recording lists of plants and their use by indigenous groups. Its study has become involved in medical research, agriculture, and conservation of both nature and native culture.
Directions to Avon Woods Nature Center:
Most of our meetings are held at Avon Woods Nature Center, a Cincinnati park located at 4235 Paddock Road, 45229 in the Paddock Hills/North Avondale neighborhood.
From the Norwood Lateral (route 561) drive 9/10 mile south on Paddock. (You pass across Tennessee Ave. and little Egan Hills Drive or your right)
Turn sharp right into the park driveway next to the park sign (on the WEST side of Paddock)
Follow the long dark driveway to the lodge at the end.
To see a google map, click here
During a typical meeting, we have a 15-minute business meeting first, then the featured speaker, and then excellent refreshments. Bring something to share if you like. Visitors are welcome at all events and the refreshments are good!
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 9 am: Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Removal, Hazelwood Botanical Preserve, Hamilton County, Ohio (in the Montgomery area of Cincinnati)
Join us to help eradicate invasive bush honeysuckle in the preserve. Volunteers need to bring gloves, loppers, and other implements of destruction. Spray bottles with glyphosate will be furnished. Loaner loppers are available if needed. Dress appropriately for the weather.
The Harris M. Benedict Nature Preserve, aka Hazelwood Botanical Preserve, owned by the University of Cincinnati Department of Biological Sciences, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1977 by the Department of the Interior for the study of plants and animals in eastern deciduous forests.
This preserve, unique for its location and diverse habitat, has a wonderful mature forest. Harris Benedict was chair of the UC Botany Department at the time of his death in 1928, when a streetcar struck his auto. Benedict was E. Lucy Braun’s doctoral advisor. Braun studied Hazelwood.
Many of the mature trees were destroyed by the lethal F4 tornado of April 9, 1999, drastically altering the landscape. Although our members have successfully removed honeysuckle here for 23 years, the honeysuckle experienced a great resurgence after the tornado opened the forest canopy.
For more information, contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions: From I-71, take exit 15 (Pfeiffer Road).
Drive east for 0.7 miles.
Turn left (north) on Deerfield Road for 0.8 miles to the "T".
Turn left (west) STILL on Deerfield Road for 0.1 miles.
Meet at the Johnson Nature Preserve parking lot on the right.
The address is 10840 Deerfield Road, Montgomery, OH 45242. Driving time from downtown Cincinnati is 20 minutes.
Details of further events will be posted here in Nov 2018
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.