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Great Escape: Wildflower Weekend

Enjoy the signs of spring.

Finally, the sun brings a respite from the rain and a chance to revel in the rewards of spring after a dark, cold winter. Why not head outside this weekend? And what better way to escape from four walls than to seek out spring’s twittering birds (they perfected it well before we did), buzzing bees and fragrant flowers?

This weekend at Napa’s , the Napa Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents its Wildflower Show & Plant Sale, Saturday, April 2 and Sunday April 3. A special preview for members only happens Friday, April 1, with a pre-sale and wine tasting party. Members attending get a special discount and first selection from the gorgeous greenery and flowers available. You can join before the event by contacting the CNPS.

If you get your plants early at the Friday event and want to head out of Napa on the weekend, join the Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve hike on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 10 am. This beautiful wildflower oasis is part of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District and access is by guided tour only. Make reservations by calling 707.996-0712 x124 or contacting elly@sonomaecologycenter.org.

If you’re ready to start your own wildflower garden, get ready to take advantage of the great weather by getting in touch with the Wildflower Seed and Garden Tool Company of Napa Valley. This online gardening resource carefully selects and packages wildflower mixtures that are easy to grow, adding drama and drawing wild life like butterflies and birds to your garden. The St. Helena-based company also offers a wide range of garden supplies and online instructional videos to help you get the most from your own outdoor space.

If you want to start the season by creating a ready escape right at home, and would like your garden’s colorful side to include something more permanent than fleeting flowers, visit in Napa. Their garden art and gifts are sure to inspire you to undertake an outdoor or indoor project that will last longer than mild weather and always be there for your get-away.

You can also get your gardening started with a trip to , a Napa institution with knowledgable staff who will help you pick just the right garden goodies, like flowers, shrubs, fruit trees, tools and accessories. Or, just walk around and get inspired - take your camera and start planning for when you're ready to get planting.

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