“ My goal is to give everyone an appreciation of all the flowers, large and tiny,” said Paul Roling, volunteer at the Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Roling led a group of park guests on a "wildoflower Walk" recently. “The more we understand and appreciate the beauty that Nature has to offer, the better off we will be.” “The walk gives visitors a sample of the vast diversity of Jesse Jones Park,” said naturalist Anita Howlett. “It provides the perfect opportunity to learn about the wildflowers some call weeds from an expert, such as Paul.” Roling continually explores the 300 acres of quiet woods, enchanting swamps, gentle prairies, peaceful streams and creeks of Jesse Jones Park. He has been sharing his knowledge of nature and science with our community for the past six years. “ I found myself photographing the flowers in the park near my home and noticed that the parks have little information on the plants with the exception of cultivated plants,” said Roling. “I asked if Jesse Jones Park would like to have photos of their plants. After a few seconds of consideration, park director Darlene Conley accepted my offer.” There are over 750 non-cultivated plants that have been identified within the boundaries of the park. Nearly 100 of these are considered "introduced" plants, ones from other locations. The flowers you see in the park depend on the time of year and the time of day they are viewed. Some varieties only bloom in certain months of the calendar year or open up only during the day, midday or at night. "My goal is to give everyone an appreciation of all the flowers, large and tiny," said Roling. "The more we understand and appreciate the beauty that nature has to offer, the better off we will be.” Tto be notified of the next “Wildflower Walk,” visit www.hcp4.net/jones . Just remember to bring your camera or video equipment to capture your memories!

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