Wildflower exhibit is this weekend

Wildflower exhibit is this weekendWhile some wildflower afficionados believe we have not yet hit the peak of the season, the annual Wildflower Exhibit will be held this weekend at Maturango Museum.

The exhibit will be open for viewing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during regular museum hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guest speaker Joy England will present a program entitled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Flora of the Upper Rock Creek Watershed” on Sunday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. Field trips will be departing from the museum at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Museum Director Debbie Benson said that she and her staff are getting maybe 150 visitors per week in search of wildflowers.

“It seems like the wildflower traffic is down a little this year, but I think it’s just because the flowers are not out like crazy yet,” said Benson. With temperatures still vascillating between warm and cool, she said that most people are anticipating the height of desert wildflowers in coming weeks.

“Janet Westbrook is still giving tours. I think our numbers are down slightly, but people come back completely invested because she’s so great.”

The museum will also be hosting members of the Desert Artists’ League, who will be drawing and painting during the exhibit.

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will host a photo competition and display at the Historic USO Building Friday through Sunday.

For anyone looking to venture out to see wildflowers in their natural environment, Benson said that Short Canyon and the Rademacher Hills are among the best local viewing sites.

Painted land and skyscapes bring welcome color to the desert, as captured from the hills south of Ridgecrest. Weekend events will help wildflower lovers celebrate the season. -- Photo by Ken Sanger

Story First Published: 2017-03-31