Annual Spring Plant Fest Blooms May 5 At Wehle Land Conservation Center

 CONTACT: Wayne Barger, 334-353-7997 or

Gardeners and outdoor lovers mark you calendars for the 2nd Annual Spring Plant Fest slated for May 5, 2007, at the Wehle Land Conservation Center near Midway, Alabama in Bullock County. Learn first-hand about creating backyard habitats through educational displays and informative talks by professional biologists from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) State Lands Division. Spring Plant Fest is a one-stop source of knowledge about plants and wildlife. Admission is FREE to all events. Gates will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Plant Fest emphasizes the importance and impact of plants in everyday life. The educational side of the event includes gardening talks on creating many types of gardens and wildlife habitats with a focus on wildflowers and herbs. There will also be a pine needle basket-weaving demonstration; wildflower walks around the nature center; exhibits of local plants, ferns, and succulents; information about practical uses for pine trees and pine tar; a display of various exotic vegetables and gourds; instruction on plant diversity and invasive species; and a historically significant southern agriculture crops demonstration.

Additionally, ADCNR State Lands Division biologists will host an orchid exhibit and bird banding (capturing songbirds for tracking.) Horseback riding, hiking, and biking trails are available along with free fishing – Alabama freshwater fishing license required – canoeing, and picnic facilities for the whole family.

Vendors will be on site selling ornamental plants, organic produce, pine needle baskets, and organic soap. Apart from the extensive information that will be available on plants, the Wehle Land Conservation Center features log cabins with primitive furnishings exhibits and open woods trails. Local food vendors will be onsite with drinks, lunch and snack items for sale.

The Wehle Land Conservation Center is located approximately five miles southeast of Midway, Alabama in Bullock County on County Road 47. Take U.S. Hwy. 82 from either Montgomery or Eufaula to Midway and follow the “Nature Center” signs. Call Wayne Barger at 334-353-7997 for more information on this fun event.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit