Camas Discovery Day
Experience the Blue Lily of Spring on Mother’s Day
Castlegar, BC – May 1, 2017 — Spring has been a long time coming this year, but finally, the spring wildflowers are opening up. The camas in Millennium Park in Castlegar will be putting on their annual display of blue soon.
Mother’s Day and camas have long gone together in Castlegar. “I remember running through the park and picking big bouquets for my mum” is a story we have heard many times. This year, the Kootenay Native Plant Society will host a celebration to reconnect people to this special place and this amazing flower, from 10:00 am-1:00pm on Sunday, May 14.
Renowned West Kootenay portrait photographers Charlotte Truant and Lee Orr will be available to take portraits outside among the camas beds. Pre-book your morning session with Charlotte directly (these are going fast) or sign up on the day for a session with Lee. Both photographers are donating a portion of their fee for Camas Conservation in Millennium Park.
Ethnobotanist Dr. Brenda Beckwith, Canada’s preeminent camas researcher, will lead an interpretative walk (11:00 am, starting at info booth) and share her encyclopedic knowledge of and endless enthusiasm for this cultural and ecological native plant that has sustained indigenous peoples for thousands of years.
There will be fun activities for kids of all ages, including colouring, photography, pollinator activity games and more.
The Kootenay Native Plant Society is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation and restoration of West Kootenay native plants and natural habitats through education, research, and on-the-ground activities. We work to connect people, plants, and place.