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Julian Wildflower Show

May 17 @ 7:46 pm

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The Julian Wildflower Show has been continuous since 1926, except for 3 years during World War II, and during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

The Woman’s Club hold its annual Wildflower Show the first weekend in May. Stay tuned for exact dates and times.

 Location:  Julian Woman’s Club,

2607 “C” Street, Julian,

Admission Free to the Public

The Julian Wildflower Show has been an historical event for over 90 years. The Wildflower Show is meant to educate club members, local residents, out-of-town visitors and children about the botanical wealth of Julian and its vicinity.

The annual Wildflower Show occurs each year, typically the first weekend in May! Prior to the show, teams of two or three people will fan out across Julian and neighboring environs, and these sixteen or so members will locate and pick a variety of flowers within their assigned region and then transport them back to the Clubhouse. Due to Julian’s mountain valley location, bordering a national forest and near the Anza-Borrego State Park, we have identified 855 species of plants growing within 25 miles of town. Many of these plants were used by Native Americans.

You may know that a lupine plant has many small flowers on each stem. But did you know that a lupine changes the color of a particular flower to signal bees when the pollen and nectar of that flower has been taken by another bee. The bees then go to other flowers, not wasting their time and making the pollination process more efficient.

In the past, people thought animals were not smart; the even coined the term “dumb animals.” Now, we know otherwise. Consider the intelligence of dogs, cats, horses, dolphins, and pigs, to mention a few.

Past and current research also show that plants are smarter than we thought and the lupine is one of many examples. Plants can acquire information, communicate, problem solve, and recognize their own kind. This has forced us think of plants in new ways. Hence, the theme of the 2023 wildflower: “Smarty Plants.” This show included presentations about the capabilities of plants. It is hoped that people attending our annual show will view plants in a different light.

If you enjoyed looking at pictures in our Virtual Wildflower Show, then you will love seeing these wildflowers, in person, at our Wildflower Show 2024! Smell the aroma and appreciate the beauty of our Jewels of the Backcountry. Enjoy the art from our local schools and handicrafts from our talented club members. Get educated about our beautiful country environment, nature and why we call wildflowers the Jewels of the Backcountry.





May 17
7:46 pm