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Wildflower Exhibit at Maturango Museum April 5 through 7

Every spring, the Maturango Museum hosts the annual Wildflower Exhibit, during which visitors can see the wide variety and abundance of wildflowers that grow in the Indian Wells Valley and surrounding canyons. Collectors with the proper BLM permits spend multiple days gathering the wildflowers, which are placed into bottles or vases and then set on tables according to their family.

This allows visitors to have a close-up view of the many wildflowers from this area – all in one room.

The exhibit features annual wildflowers and flowering shrubs. The annual wildflowers include species from the tiny white cryptantha (forget-me-nots) to the bright, showy coreopsis (bright yellow wildflower). Shrubs such as the creosote bush and desert senna are also on display. A group of professional botanists identify each species and label it with its common and scientific name.

As in past years, local artists from the Desert Artist League will

Wildflowers in Short Canyon / Laura Austin File Photo

selected wildflowers throughout the weekend.

In addition to seeing the wildflowers, the Maturango Museum has multiple speakers during this year’s Wildflower Exhibit.

Friday, April 5, at 6:30 pm, local Glenn Harris will give a presentation on “Holocene Climate Change – How Plants Have Responded.”

Saturday, April 6, at 2 pm, Kimberly Schaefer, a master’s student studying Botany at Claremont Graduate University and California Botanic Garden, will give a presentation on her study area – the Sacatar Trail Wilderness. The title of the presentation is “A Vascular Flora of the Sacatar Trail Wilderness, Southern Sierra Nevada, CA.”

Sunday, April 7, at 1 pm, Eugene Albitre from Bakersfield will give a presentation on Ethnobotany.

The Arts Council of Kern sponsors his presentation.

Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m.: A Common Ground Presentation by Sean Navejas from Bakersfield. Sean is a full-time videographer for the Arts Council of Kern. He combines his passion for storytelling and art, capturing the essence of local talent through his lens and inspiring the community. The Arts Council of Kern sponsors his presentation.

With the winter rains we have received thus far, this spring promises a colorful and fragrant display of wildflowers for this exhibit.