Spring Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle with Dr. Larry Stritch, U.S. Forest Service, National Botanist (Emeritus)
Larry Stritch recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he worked as a botanist for 30 years. He is an expert in native plant identification, propagation, and gardening with native plants.
The discussion will cover the following:
- An introduction to some of the common spring wildflowers found in the eastern panhandle
- Habitats where they may be found
- Bits and pieces of interesting natural history of some of the wildflowers
Breakfast begins at 9:00am followed by the program at 9:30am. Bring a chair and a breakfast food to share, and garden plants for exchange. Plants for exchange may be placed in the grass to the left as you walk up the driveway. Rain or shine.
Directions: Warning — GPS has been known to guide people inaccurately once they enter the development!
From Route 480 or Route 34: At the 4-way stop in Shepherdstown at the corner of German and Duke Streets, turn onto Shepherdstown Pike (Route 45 west) toward Martinsburg. Go 2 miles. (You will pass by the 7-Eleven on your left, and the road will begin to slope downward.) At the bottom of the slope, make a left turn onto Winebrenner Road.
*Go a short distance on Winebrenner (about a quarter of a mile) and take the SECOND left onto S. Keller Farm Road (at the brick entry sign “The Point”).
**Come straight up the hill to the stop-sign and turn left onto Belmeade Way. Our house, 272 Belmeade Way, is straight ahead on the cul d’sac. It’s the only cedar house in the development.
From Martinsburg: Take Route 45 Martinsburg/Shepherdstown Pike toward Shepherdstown. After you cross the county line into Jefferson County, begin to look for Winebrenner Road on your right. Winebrenner is at the very bottom of the steep slope. (Go slowly so you don’t end up in Rocky Marsh Creek as you make this right turn.) *Continue as above.
From Martinsburg via Route 9: If you’re coming from Martinsburg from the Opequon Exit off Route 9 and coming along Winebrenner from the opposite direction, make your way to Winebrenner (I don’t know the names of these various roads). Stay on Winebrenner for a significant distance. Once you pass the cell tower on your left, begin looking for “The Point” entry sign on your right and turn here. **Continue as above.
Parking: Park along Belmeade Road including in the cul d’sac.