ASHEVILLE NC – Wildflower Whimsy will be held this Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at the Highlands Biological Station to celebrate the Highlands Botanical Garden’s 50th anniversary. The event will feature Patrick McMillan, the host, co-creator, and writer of the popular and award-winning ETV nature program Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.
Patrick’s qualifications make him a great keynote speaker for this celebration. As a professional naturalist, biologist, and educator, he has extensive experience in botany. He is the director of the Campbell Museum of Natural History at Clemson University as well as the interim director of the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. His intense interest in natural history, which he attributes to his grandmother, has taken him all over the world
On Saturday, May 12, participants of Wildflower Whimsy will have the opportunity to hear Patrick McMillan talk about one of the world’s great centers of temperature biodiversity: our own back yards here on the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Join Patrick as he takes an in-depth look at this often overlooked region of the Appalachians that harbors species that have long-since disappeared from the rest of the continent. This is the heart of the most diverse temperate broad-leaved forest on the continent! Patrick’s talk, titled “The Southern Blue Ridge: Crucible of Life” will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Registration for Saturday includes a wildflower walk, lunch, the chance to bid on silent auction items while listening to live music and enjoying a reception and cash bar, and, of course, the opportunity to hear Patrick McMillan’s talk. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members.
If you can’t make it on Saturday, join us on Friday, May 11 from 5pm to 8pm, free of charge. Friday’s events are certain to be a lot of fun, with illuminated trails and photographic installations in the Garden. Sip on a drink or grab a plate of hors d’oeuvres and join a guided tour of the Highlands Botanical Garden and see it as you’ve never seen it before. And if you’re interested in spring ephemerals and the history of the garden, Clay Bolt, co-founder of Meet Your Neighbours, and Dr. James T. Costa, Director of the Highlands Biological Station, are sure to grab your attention with their talks that night. Finally, the silent auction will open and all bids are welcome.
For more information, call (828) 526-2221 or visit highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy. Hosted by the Highlands Biological Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.