Long ago, every flower was a wildflower. But over time, most wildflowers have been transported to and cultivated in places they did not originally grow.
Julian and the surrounding areas are still home to more than 850 species of plants — most of which are wildflowers.
For more than 90 years, Julian Woman’s Club has been collecting wildflowers for its annual show in May. Club members pick more than 200 varieties from Julian, Wynola, Ramona, Cuyamaca, Volcan Mountain, the Mesa Grande area and the desert. The flowers are labeled and arranged in the show by area of origin.
Since changes in the local climate, including decreased rainfall, are making gardening more challenging, this year’s theme is “Landscaping with Native Plants.”
Planting native plants saves water, attracts pollinators and results in easy maintenance — in addition to the natural beauty the plants provide. Botanical experts will present information on how to garden with native plants.
Local elementary school students will also display their art and science projects.
The Wildflower Show will run May 4 to 6, from 10am to 4 pm, in Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to support other local nonprofit organizations and scholarships.
With the Julian region’s wealth of native plants, the Wildflower Show is sure to be of interest to every hometown gardener.