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Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society

Founded 1917

Southwestern Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Native Plant Society

Newsletter for January–April 2013

Happy New Year!

I created a Facebook group page for the Society, to communicate amongst those who are interested, so that we can easily share our plant findings and questions, events of interest, and of course so we can easily invite others at a whim to get out and enjoy the wildflowers. In Facebook, search for “Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society” to find us. I anticipate that we will learn more than we ever imagined about our local flora! Please feel free to share observations and ask questions as we have several excellent botanists to help answer.

A new organization, the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ONAPA), has been established as a nonprofit to continue the original vision and mission of Ohio’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP). This organization, recently established by retired officials of DNAP, headed by Guy Denny, president, is in need of volunteers of all kinds. Additional information is at (DNAP was dismantled in 2009; preserve operations were transferred to the Division of Parks and Recreation, which is understaffed and not well funded. Per the ONAPA website: “Many of the preserves are rapidly deteriorating and the features for which they were protected . . . are threatened. Many preserves are being overrun by invasive species and unchecked natural succession . . . .”). The Society is a founding ONAPA organization and wholeheartedly supports the cause of protecting the Ohio State Nature Preserves we love.

Spring will be here before we know it and the Society has some very interesting new hikes lined up this spring to the Mrs. Baylor Hickman and Sally Brown Preserves in Kentucky, which are managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

Please note that the Ohio Botanical Symposium is back this year and that the Society is a sponsor and will be there! We will again hold a silent auction and donate the proceeds to DNAP.

Please remember to renew your membership. Your membership expiration date is on the address label.

Can’t wait for spring and to see you on the trail!
For the Society,

Christine Hadley, President

General Notes

We welcome visitors and guests. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining the Society. Individual memberships are $12 and family memberships are $20. Not only would we love to have you be an official member, but these modest fees provide our operating budget for the year. Write the check to “Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society” and mail to Rob Repasky, Treasurer, 607 Rosebud Circle, Walton, KY 41094. Thank you!

If you would like to receive e-mail reminders of events, write this on your membership form or email

Our Friday evening lectures are held at Avon Woods Nature Center (a Cincinnati city preserve), 4235 Paddock Road, Cincinnati 45229. From the Norwood Lateral (SR #562), drive 0.9 mile south on Paddock to the Avon Woods Park driveway, which is in the middle of the Avon Field golf course. Turn sharp right onto the drive next to the park sign (on the west side of Paddock) and go to the lodge at the end of the long dark drive. If you’re coming the other way, the driveway is 0.4 mile north of Paddock’s intersection with Reading Road.

Our annual meeting, March 8 this year, will be held at Northern Hills Fellowship, 460 Fleming Road, Cincinnati 45231.

Please remember our motto: "Enjoy: Do Not Destroy." It is up to Society members to set the standard for the rest of the public: respecting all rules at the places we visit, staying on trails when required, and not collecting seeds or plants without permission or permits.


Note: Events identified with ** are sponsored by or with other organizations.

Remember that all event information is up to date and available on our website, , with map links to all events.
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Friday, January 11, 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center

Hydrofracking: Boom or Doom?”

Dr. Michael Miller, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Mike Miller, an aquatic biologist with a longstanding interest in and commitment to water quality, will discuss fracking in depth, including geology, technology, economics, and impacts on the environment.

Saturday, January 26, 10 am: Indoor Tour, Geier Collections and Research Center of Cincinnati Museum Center, Hamilton County, Ohio

Join us as we take an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the Collections and Research Center of the Cincinnati Museum Center. Only a small percentage of the scientific, cultural, and historic objects of the Museum’s collections is actually on display in Union Terminal. The majority of objects are kept at the Geier Center, where they are catalogued, safely stored, and actively used for scientific study and publication. Our guides will be curators Glenn Storrs, Brenda Hunda, Herman Mays, and Bob Genheimer, who will show us the Paleontology, Zoology, and Archeology collections. We hope to have lunch at a local restaurant after this two-hour tour. For more info go to and search on “Geier.” Please RSVP to Bob Bergstein at 513-477-4438 or

Directions: The Geier Center is located at 760 West Fifth Street (the corner of Gest Street and W. Fifth Street) in Cincinnati. (Because of I-75, you cannot take Fifth Street from downtown directly to Geier Center.) Geier is about a mile from Union Terminal.

From the north: From I-75 South, take exit #1F (Freeman Avenue). At the bottom of the long exit, turn left onto Gest Street and drive 0.6 miles (stay in the right hand lanes—do not take the left lane ramp up to Linn Street). Turn right on Fifth Street and drive 100 feet to the Geier parking lot on your right. Walk to the entry through the giant gate.

From the south: Take I-75 North across the bridge, staying in the second from left-hand lane. Take exit #1D ( River Road/Rte 50 West) and drive 0.3 miles. Take the left-hand Gest Street exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Gest Street and drive 0.1 miles. Turn right on Fifth Street and drive 100 feet to the Geier parking lot on your right. Walk to the entry through the giant gate.

From downtown: Take Sixth Street west, which becomes Rte 50. As in the directions from the south, take the left-hand Gest Street exit etc.

From the east: Take Fort Washington Way. Follow signs to get onto Rte 50 West. As in the directions from the south, take the left-hand Gest Street exit etc.
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Friday, February 8, 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center

Sky to Ground: Vegetated Roofs and Biodiversity”

Virginia L. Russell, FASLA, LEED AP, GRP, School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati

The roof is the last frontier, the high point where our ancestors would have built temples, and an overlooked opportunity to bring vitality to what is usually a dead built environment. This presentation will describe the basics of vegetated roof design, construction, and maintenance, and give an overview of trends in research and design that support the development of biological diversity on roofs. The theory is: If you build it, something will come.

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Friday, March 8, Potluck, Annual Meeting & Lecture, Northern Hills Fellowship, 460 Fleming Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Come to any part or all of the annual meeting.

5:45 pm Appetizers and fellowship

6:15 pm Covered dish potluck dinner

7:30 pm Annual Meeting and Program

Floral Backgrounds in Audubon’s Birds of America”

DeVere Burt, Director Emeritus, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History

DeVere Burt was a field biologist before leading the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History (now the Museum of History and Science of the Cincinnati Museum Center) to its current prominence. He is also an accomplished wildlife artist, and he brings these skills to his discussion of Birds of America. DeVere will focus on the creation of the Double Elephant Folio, emphasizing Cincinnati's connection to it, and the important role botanical artists played in the artistic composition of the folio's plates.

Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am: Mrs. Baylor Hickman Preserve, Pulaski County, Kentucky

Bill Edwards, TNC Preserve Steward, will lead hikers across a two-mile ridge-top access trail down to the preserve location along the west bank of the Rockcastle River. This 143-acre preserve is wedged in between 220-foot-high sandstone bluffs and the clear waters of the Rockcastle River, a state designated Wild River Corridor Area. The hike is considered to be STRENUOUS due to its nearly six-mile round-trip length, and due to abrupt changes in trail elevations, which are cumulatively well in excess of 800 feet round-trip.

Among the rare plant species found are the tussock sedge (Carex stricta), the Kentucky lady’s slipper (Cypripedium kentuckiense), the white wood mint (Synandra hispidula), and the hairy Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans var. villosum). Also, the globally endangered Rockcastle aster (Aster saxicastellii) was unknown to science before it was discovered during a limited Conservancy survey of the area several years ago.

Due to the sensitivity of the rare riparian environment, as well as the number and frequency of federally listed endangered species, the preserve has not been open to the public since its acquisition by The Nature Conservancy more than twenty-one years ago and is only permitted when accompanied by a Conservancy guide. The preserve is a delicate refuge; therefore, the collection of plants, artifacts, or other living and non-living elements is strictly prohibited

Hike participants will be limited to 12 persons and advance reservations are required. RSVP with Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or

Bring a sack lunch as we will stop and eat lunch on our hike.

Directions: Meet in the McDonalds parking lot at 9:30 am, which is near the northeast corner of exit 41 off I-75 in London, Kentucky. We will carpool to the preserve.

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**Friday, April 5, 2013, 8 am – 3:30 pm: Ohio Botanical Symposium, Columbus, Ohio

Cost $40, includes continental breakfast and lunch buffet. It’s a great way to hear updates on Ohio plant news. The keynote address is “The Flora of Northeastern U.S. and Adjacent Canada: Advancing the Legacy” by Robert Naczi, Ph.D., New York Botanical Garden.

Registration info is at

For more info, contact Rick Gardner at or by phone at 614- 265-6419.

Our Society is one of the sponsors of this event.
**Friday, April 5, 6-9 pm: Western Wildlife Corridor Wildflower Festival, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio

A great family event to buy locally grown native plants and enjoy the camaraderie of members of like organizations. Check out for more details or contact Rebecca at 859-512-1983 or

**April 12-14: Wildflower Pilgrimage at Highlands Nature Sanctuary, Southern Ohio

A weekend of guided hikes to botanical hotspots in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and surrounding area (southern Ohio) at the peak of wildflower season. This major event has a variety of excellent hikes led by experienced naturalists and botanists. Call 937-365-1935 or go to for more info.

Saturday, April 20, 10 am: Sally Brown Preserve, Garrard County, Kentucky

Ken Brooks, TNC Preserve Monitor, will lead us through this preserve, which is nearly 800 acres, including more than six miles of river frontage stretching upriver from the confluence of the Dix and Kentucky Rivers. Expect to see at least 30 different wildflowers, as the area has spectacular bloom each spring.

The area is special because of the limestone cliffs—reaching nearly 500 feet in some locations—along both sides of the river. These cliffs have made development difficult, resulting in a large unspoiled stretch of river and forest that is home to many native plants and animals, including some that are unusual and even rare.

Bring a sack lunch as we will stop and eat lunch on our hike. RSVP with Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or

Directions: Take I-75 South toward Lexington, then take exit 115 for KY-922 toward the Lexington airport. Keep right at the fork and merge onto KY-922 S. In 1.6 miles, merge onto KY-4 W (New Circle Rd/bypass toward airport). Stay on KY-4 as it becomes KY-4 S (total of 9.2 miles on KY-4). Take exit 19 for Nicholasville Road (US 27) and turn right (south) onto US 27 S; proceed 19.2 miles; turn right onto KY 1845 after crossing over the Kentucky River; travel on KY 1845 for 3.4 miles to Camp Dick Fire Station; turn left and travel 0.2 miles; turn right onto High Bridge Road; go 2.0 miles and turn right onto Bowman's Bend Road. Please use caution on this narrow road. Travel 1.5 miles to the Sally Brown Nature Preserve parking lot on the right. (Search for Bowmans Bottom Rd., Garrard, KY if using Google maps.)
**Saturday, April 27, All Day: Western Wildlife Corridor Annual Flower-a-thon, Delhi, Ohio

This fundraiser event sponsored by Western Wildlife Corridor will have a new format to make the event more educational and fun for all. Choice of two start times and small groups led by experienced wildflower enthusiasts are two new features. Contact Tim Sisson at 513-922-2104 or for more info. Check out for details.

Sunday, April 28, 1 pm: The Wilderness, Adams County, Ohio

Marjie Becus will lead this hike in The Wilderness Preserve, part of the Edge of Appalachia. This preserve has various rare and interesting plants, but what you’ll see depends on whether spring is early or late. (I have been there several years at this time and have never been disappointed.) We will meet at the Wilderness parking lot and walk the 2.5-mile loop trail. There are some hills, but mostly it is a fairly flat, one-person-wide trail. A few places will be slippery. If you think 2.5 miles is further than you want to go, you could go part way and turn around. No facilities available. Please let us, Marjie Becus 513-683-2672, or Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or, know if you plan to come.

Directions: From I-275 at Eastgate, take Route 32 east for 41 miles. Turn right (south) on Ohio 247 at the McDonalds (south side of 32). Proceed 9.7 miles to West Union and turn left on Ohio 125. Drive 7.7 miles and turn slightly left onto Lynx Drive (which sort of parallels 125). In 0.3 miles turn left on Shivener Road and follow it to the end (about 0.5 miles). Parking is limited so please carpool if possible. Allow 1.5 hours from Cincinnati.
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Saturday and/or Sunday, May 4 & 5, 10 am: Field Trip, Carter Caves State Park, Carter County, Kentucky

Last year’s hike leaders were so fascinated with Carter Caves that they want to do it again! I hope you can join us for our weekend trip to Carter Caves. Our guides, Judy and Ray Komorowski, will lead us to some of the park’s beautiful places to see the amazing spring wildflowers. Please join us for one or both days. More details for this event will be posted in the next newsletter.

Accommodations: There is a block of rooms reserved at the lodge for those who would like a room for Friday and/or Saturday. Be sure to RSVP to Christine Hadley at or 513-850-9585 so we have the correct number of rooms.

**May 3-5: Flora-Quest, Southern Ohio

Twenty of Ohio’s top botanists and naturalists will converge at Shawnee State Park and Forest to lead a variety of field trips for Flora-Quest during “orchid season.” The keynote speaker, Dr. Joan Maloof of the Old Growth Forest Network, will illuminate why we need undisturbed forests for study and play. For more information, go to or email

or call 419-683-8952.

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