Today was a truly fine early spring day here in central Ohio, with perfectly blue skies and temperatures staying in the 60's/low 70's. A bunch of us met up at Bergamo Center in Dayton, site of this year's Midwest Native Plant Conference. If you are interested in plants, you'll not want to miss this one. Although the event isn't until the first weekend in August, registration is now open and I'd encourage you to sign up early.
There could be no better spot to hold such a conference than Bergamo, and we walked the grounds, scouting out the onsite field trips. We made some nice observations, and photos of a few of them follow.
A sea of Dutchman's-breeches, Dicentra cucullaria. This particular plant was nearly shrublike in its robustness. An old name for this common wildflower is "staggerweed". The roots in particular are rich in toxic isoquinoline alkaloids, and one sympton of poisoning is a staggering gait.
The genus Jeffersonia commemorates our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who was a fine botanist and overall naturalist, and very inquisitive about the natural world.
As you can see, the grounds of Bergamo are filled with diversity, and come August and the Midwest Native Plant Conference, there will be a completely new cast of flora and fauna.