Wildflowers About to Pop in Local Park Reserves
Early May is the start of National Wildflower Week. While wildflowers in the northwest suburbs haven’t popped yet, there are signs of what is coming.
If you look close enough at places like French Regional Park in Plymouth, white wildflowers, such as bloodroot, hepatica and trillium, are already visible.
“The springs have just been super unpredictable for us in Minnesota,” said Angela Grill, wildlife biologist for the Three Rivers Park District. “But that’s the beauty of these spring wild flowers. They are very adaptable to that weather. So even when we have cold, chilly days like this, they are kind of going into reserves. Waiting for that nice sunny day that we are hopefully going to get this weekend and they’ll explode and open. Be the perfect time to come out.”
Grill says that some of the best places to see wildflowers are Crow-Hassan Park, the Eastman Nature Center and French Regional Park. She also wants people to remember to stay on the trails, don’t pick flowers and take only photos.
Spring is also a good time to see birds and critters. On a recent trip to French we saw ducks, geese and wild turkeys on the Meadow Trail.