It was a perfect time to pair two of my great interests, Flora-Quest and Marblehead, Ohio.
This was our eighth year for Flora-Quest and it was time to change things up. Coincidentally, May 13th was also the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Marblehead Lakeside, Daisy Preserve. Perfect timing for a pairing.
|Lakeside Daisy Preserve in full bloom on May 13th, 2014. Photo by Paula Harper|
Back in 1988 the rarest flower in the United States- Lakeside Daisy, Tetraneuris herbacea- acquired its own preserve carved out from quarry land. This seemingly unpretentious yellow daisy is only found naturally occurring in Marblehead/Lakeside Ohio and in Ontario, Canada. It is a globally rare flower.
|Lakeside Daisy was named for the town of Lakeside on the Marblehead Peninsula. Photo by Paula Harper.|
|Dick Moseley tells she history of the Lakeside Daisy Preserve. Photo by Paula Harper.|
|Guy Denny was prepared to lead trips into real adventure. Photo by Paula Harper|
|The Monday morning field trip to Meadowbrook Marsh. Photo by Kevin Joyce.|
|"Miss Paula" Harper brandishing her umbrella. Photo by Cheryl Harner|
|Allison Cusick gave an excellent program on "What is an Alvar?"|
|Doty Twyford, long time Questor in front of the Marblehead Lighthouse. Photo by Paula Harper|
|Looking out from the rail surrounding of the beacon. Photo by Ian Adams.|
All in all, the event couldn't have been any more fun or successful, and we thank our partners, sponsors and patrons for making Flora-Quest the place to be in May.