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Annual Wildflower Show set May 11–12

Event at fairgounds will celebrate area’s bountiful varieties

Addy Tiffany examines a wild orchid during last year’s Wildflower show. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Addy Tiffany examines a wild orchid during last year’s Wildflower show. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The fifth annual Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show will be May 11 and 12 in the Arts & Crafts Building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

The signature wildflower for this year’s event will be the Humboldt Lily (Lilium humboldtii) which thrives in shady areas along our roadsides and in our local forests.

The show celebrates the diverse varieties of wildflowers that grow in Del Norte County and honors Ruby Van Deventer and her husband, Arthur Van Deventer.

Ruby Van Deventer was a teacher in Del Norte for many years. She identified and catalogued thousands of local wildflower species. In recent years more than 1,000 watercolor paintings done by her husband Arthur were discovered and published in a book written by David Rains Wallace.

Local artist and teacher Rick Bennett has worked to bring the Van Deventer contributions to the public.

Bennett started the Wildflower Show and it has become an annual event. Each year volunteers collect hundreds of samples of local wildflowers to display at the show. Rare and endangered species cannot be collected, but there will be photographs and paintings displayed to illustrate them.

The show will feature several of Arthur Van Deventer’s watercolors. Posters, prints and note cards of his work will be on sale. The show will also feature displays on carnivorous plants, local geology, Native American uses of plants, soils, and Native American basketry. Photos will be on display of many of the 24 varieties of wild orchids that grow in Del Norte.

Del Norte third-graders will attend the show Friday, May 11, to learn more about Del Norte history. They will receive coloring books featuring Del Norte wildflowers and a packet of wildflower seeds.

The show will be open Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the show is free.

As an extension of the show, plant identification walks will be hosted by botanists from the Redwood Parks.

For further information, contact Rosalie Leaberry at (707) 951-0463 or visit the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show’s Facebook page.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: 5th annual Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show

• WHEN: Friday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• WHERE: Arts and Crafts Building at the Fairgrounds

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