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Notebook: Wildflower Walk & Brunch is May 7

Statement issued by Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site:

ROME CITY, IN – Enjoy beautiful wildflowers and a delicious brunch at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site on Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to a guided walk through Sower’s Woods and Gene Stratton-Porter’s Tame Gardens in Rome City after being served a delicious brunch in the Carriage House Visitors’ Center.

The Wildflower Walk and Brunch is $20 per person and requires advance reservations by April 30. Please call 260.854.3790 to make your reservation. Tours of Gene Stratton-Porter’s Cabin in Wildflower Woods are available this day for an additional fee. All event proceeds are used for educational programming, maintenance and restoration of Gene’s gardens and for future special events at the Site.

The Hoosier author, photographer and conservationist transplanted many species of flowers to her Wildflower Woods property on Sylvan Lake. Many native wildflowers that she transplanted here still bloom today. If you have an interest or want to learn more about native plants, this is a great chance to gain some knowledge. Naturalists and gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and point out common plants and wildflowers while exploring this beautiful natural setting.

Native wildflowers are very important in preserving the natural history of Indiana. There are also many flowers that Gene transplanted here that no longer exist in the wild. For example, the Hooker’s orchid was last seen blooming in the wild in 1969. Due to habitat destruction, there is a smaller and smaller area where this plant and many others like the orchid could bloom. The importance of preservation and restoration will also be discussed at the event.

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is located five minutes east of Rome City at 1205 Pleasant Point. For more information on the Site or events, please call 260.854.3790 or e-mail

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)