Rather than hike in the Sierras, here’s a lazy way to appreciate the spring profusion of wildflowers. All you have to do is head to the Oakland Museum of California (map) – and see colorful evidence at the 40th Annual California Wildflowers Show.
The show officially opens this Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and Sunday from 12 noon – 5pm. There’s also a preview party on Friday night from 5pm – 10pm. Or start now and gawk at the beauty right here.
(Cliftons Fawn Lilies)
Fresh from the foothills, the wildflowers will be showing off their best colors at the show. There will be full displays, microscopes available to study them closely, and botanists around to describe the flowers.
Various lectures take place at the museum, about the wildflowers and even how to cook them! Here’s the schedule for Saturday and Sunday:
- In the Shadow of Darwin - Dr. Richard Beidleman – Sat, 11:00 am
- Sierra Nevada: A Celebration of Wildflowers – Dr. Linda Vorobik – Sat, 12:30 pm
- Sustainability and the Living Roof of the New Cal Academy – Dr. Frank Almeda – Sat, 2:00 pm
- Native Plants for the Garden – Glen Schneider – Sat, 3:30 pm
- Invasive Plants: A Serious Threat to California Wildflowers – Bob Case – Sun, 1:00 pm
- Slide lecture about cooking with native plants – John Farais – Sun, 3:00 pm
The Wildflowers Show takes place through support from the California Native Plant Society, the Jepson Herbarium, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, and Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour.
More info: The Oakland Museum of California is located at 1000 Oak Street (map). Admission to this weekend’s show runs $8 for adults and $5 seniors/students with ID. It’s free for kids age five and under, City of Oakland employees, and museum members. For questions, please call 510-238-2200.