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Web Wise: Where the Wildflowers Are

By Troy Corley

Go wild during National Wildflower Week, May 7-13.

Spring over to www.wildflower.org, the home of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, and the host of this annual floral celebration. The Kids Korner is totally wild with puzzles, guessing games and coloring sheets. Click on "things to do" to discover more about our nation's native plants. The site's national events calendar guides you to "wild" happenings across the country.

The USDA Forest Service site, www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers, is devoted to celebrating wildflowers. Its interactive map let's you click on regions to find events, the best national forest wildflower viewing areas and photographs of native blooms. A section for kids features printable wildflower coloring books plus fragrant activities such as making perfume from petals and plants and growing a surprise garden.

Wonder what's growing wild in your own back yard? Plant your self on the www.Wildflowerinformation.org site. You can find pictures and descriptions of wildflowers by petal color, by growing region or by name. Learn about the history of North America's wildflowers and how they got their names. You'll find a similar searchable database of native flora by states at www.Enature.com.

What can your garden grow? Find out how to germinate a wildflower patch at www.kidsgardening.org. Type "wildflower" in the search box to find a how-to article that includes the five easiest wildflowers to grow from seed. Head to www.HGTV.com for an extensive article on wildflower gardening.

Happy wildflower week!

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