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2018 Annual Wildflower Weekend (AWW)


40th Annual Wildflower Weekend • Wichita, Kansas • September 7-8-9, 2018

About the 2018 AWW

Earhart Environmental Magnet Elementary School

The 40th Kansas Native Plant Society AWW celebration is approaching. If you are new to KNPS or haven’t attended before, AWW is the highlight of the year for everyone interested in native plants. This year’s theme is “Native Places in City Settings”. Join fellow native plant enthusiasts and visit seven different Tour Stops over the weekend to see Wichita City Park “Wildlife Habitat Areas”, public school educational native plantings, to created prairie landscapes at commercial properties and walk across a prairie remnant. Wichita (Sedgwick County) is located in the Arkansas River Lowlands, on the southwestern edge of the Flint Hills.

KNPS (originally the Kansas Wildflower Society) was founded in 1978. Our Saturday morning business meeting will include a look back at KNPS activities over the last 40 years as we reminisce and celebrate with founding members.

Traditional activities of the Saturday morning business meeting include the presentation of Annual Awards, a display of outstanding photographs in the Photo Contest, and Silent Auction fundraising event. The Photo Contest, open to KNPS members only, is conducted online. Rules and instructions for submitting photos are posted at the following link, review the categories now and be be sure you submit your entries before August 20, 2018.

Our featured Saturday business meeting speaker will be Katie Kingery Page, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University. She will discuss principles of landscape and architecture design, and present examples of the creation and maintenance of native plantings in the landscape.

Saturday evening, a Group Dinner and Teacher Presentation is planned. Public School teachers who have completed the Dyck Arboretum – Earth Partnership for Schools program will give presentations about the plantings and nature projects ongoing at their schools. We will gather at Two Olives venue room for a delicious buffet before the Teacher Presentations.

We hope you can join us for all of the events planned for the weekend. Registration fees for the tours and Saturday Morning Business Meeting will be $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Registration for the Group Dinner and Teacher Presentation will be $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. You can register for one or both events as your schedule will allow.

Invitations will be in the mail and the full itinerary will also be available here in early August.

Photo Contest

The photo contest, running from July 23 to August 20, is a popular part of the AWW. We encourage all KNPS members to enter photos.

In 2018 the photo contest is all digital. Photos will not be printed as in the past but sent to us digitally on an Internet site See the Photo Contest for all rules, categories, upload instructions, and historic winners.

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction will be held during the business meeting on Saturday morning. Silent auctions use bidding sheets instead of an auctioneer. Bring a few items to donate to the auction and place on the tables reserved for the silent auction. You will write the name of the item along with a starting bid on the supplied bidding sheet. Artwork, crafts, books, posters, clothing, jellies, and baked goods are just a few of the items that have been donated in the past. Proceeds will go to the General Fund of KNPS.

Bidding begins as items are placed on the silent auction tables. There will be breaks during the annual meeting when you can check on items you are bidding to be sure you are the highest bidder. At the end of the meeting, the auction closes. You will check to see which items you won, and take them to the registration table to pay.