Monday, March 7, 2011

Wildflower Association of Michigan

I spent the last two days up in Lansing, attending the Wildflower Conference put on by the Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM). Despite 8-9 hours of straight sitting (oh, my poor aching bum), it was a very worthwhile conference.

I attended sessions about the life in soil (I always knew soil was special and full of life, but this really put it all in perspective - I'll never look at soil the same way again), the No Child Left Inside initiative, the effects of climate change on plant communities, how to manage (or remove) autumn olive from the landscape, et al.

And of course, there were the books. >sigh< Can one every really have too many books? If so, then I have yet to reach that limit. Added six more books to my collection.

I left the conference renewed, looking forward with bated breath to spring, true spring, and the bursting forth of the flowers of Michigan (and Ohio, for I've heard of this wonderful forest in northern OH that is a must for plant nuts like me).

Come on, Spring!


  1. Wow, sounds like a wonderful, informative meet. What books did you get?

  2. Oh man, I wish I could come explore those plant areas with you. I heard about a great one in Paw Paw. Check it out.

  3. Sounds like it was time well spent.

  4. You mean that there's a way to remove autumn olive? I thought the stuff was destined to take over the landscape everywhere. It sounds like a very worthwhile conference. It will be interesting to see how you apply your new knowledge to your work in the coming months.