Flowers of the Ottawa Valley

Press Release
Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
Submitted by: Roberta Clarke, Programme Committee
April 22, 2003

Flowers of the Ottawa Valley

Spring Wildflowers“Flowers of the Ottawa Valley” was the focus of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist meeting on Thursday evening April 17th, held in the Almonte United Church. A large group gathered for a slide presentation by Sheila and Harry Thomson, well known veteran naturalists from Ottawa. Bobby Clarke, MVFN host for the evening, introduced Sheila and Harry.

Sheila then took the audience on a leisurely walk along some Ottawa Valley trails highlighting the many flowering plants that bloom through early spring to summer. Harry illustrated the talk with his exquisite slides covering the common “Spring Beauty” to the rare “Calypso Orchid”. The evening was made even more enjoyable by Sheila’s interesting and entertaining knowledge of local and flower folklore. Did you know that you are not likely to be an Ottawa Valley local if you call the Dog-toothed Violet a Trout Lily?

Sheila and Harry were thanked and given a Highlands Honey Gift Basket.

The next MVFN event will be outdoors on May 25th at Duncan’s Organic Farm/10a.m Barbecue.

For further information on the MVFN and upcoming events, please call: Cliff 256-5013 or visit our website at

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