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Celebrate National Wildflower Week with a wildflower walk
From staff reports
Experience a Wildflower Walk at The Flower Mound from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday rain or shine in honor of National Wildflower Week.
The Flower Mound is located at 2452 Flower Mound Road near the northeast corner of FM 2499/Long Prairie Road and FM 3040/Flower Mound Road in Flower Mound.
The Flower Mound will be one of several sites included in the Denton County Master Gardeners Association’s 2012 Spring Garden Tour this weekend.
Admission to The Flower Mound is free. However, tickets ($8 in advance at www.dcmga.com or $10 at the door) are required for entrance to the other DCMGA 2012 Spring Garden Tour sites.
Visitors to The Flower Mound can enjoy a short walk among native Texas wildflowers. Expected blooms this weekend are Bluet, Engelmann Daisy, Indian Blanket, Mexican Hat, Prairie Larkspur, Purple Horse Nettle, Sensitive Brier and Yarrow.
A path starting at the southwest corner of The Mound leads to the summit and then returns down to the southeast corner of the site. While on the summit, visitors looking southeast can see a beautiful panoramic view of the Dallas skyline.
Self-guided tours are along a natural terrain path. Hikes to summit take less than 15 minutes. There is an easy to moderate incline. Additional parking is available in the adjacent Tom Thumb shopping center.
This Flower Mound is the namesake of the town Flower Mound. Nineteenth century settlers named the site The Flower Mound for the profusion of wildflowers that grow there every spring. Individual citizens saved this historic landmark from the plow and developers for decades and in 1982, through the efforts of Otto Consolvo, its 12.6 acres were set aside forever as a native prairie preserve.
The book, The Flower Mound - A History and Field Guide to the Flower and Grasses by Alton Bowman, provides a historical account of The Flower Mound as well as detailed photos and descriptions of its flora. Books will be available during the 2012 Spring Garden Tour this Saturday with any donation of $20 or more to The Flower Mound Foundation.
The Flower Mound Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization manages the Mound. The Board’s mission is to preserve the Mound and to sponsor works of scientific, educational and historic interest. Book sale proceeds support this mission.
For information or to order the The Flower Mound- A History and Field Guide to the Flower and Grasses book, contact Alton Bowman, chairman, 817-430-3032 or Tom Kirwan, secretary, at 972-213-5664 at The Flower Mound Foundation, P.O. Box 270821, Flower Mound, Texas 75027-0821.
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