In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to COVID-19, the Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public, but is open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis. Researchers and faculty interested in reserving research and residential space should contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on availability, rates, and reservations. Field courses, workshops, and HBS Nature Center programming are cancelled for the 2020 season. The HBS Botanical Gardens remain open, except for trails that are closed due to construction.

Wildflower Wander

Thursday, May 9 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

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Join the Highlands Biological Foundation on an outing to see some of Highlands’ most beautiful wildflowers! Sonya Carpenter and Canty Worley will lead a private tour of Pond Hollow Garden, a Buck Creek retreat owned by Greg and Amanda Gregory. The walking tour will combine native woodland and meadow species with a cultivated garden. Spring ephemerals will be in full bloom with possible viewings ranging from lady slippers, trillium, and showy orchids. Lunch will have a lovely view of the pond and garden.  Birding opportunities are available so bring your binoculars if interested.

The trip will meet at 9:30 AM at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park to carpool to Pond Hollow Garden. Please bring water and rain gear.

Lunch will be provided (buffet with vegetarian options available).

Registration is required.  $30 members, $35 non-members