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Waterton Wildflower Festival returns

Wildflowers will once again occupy center stage June 19-24 in Waterton Lakes National Park, as the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival marks the return of summer to one of Canada’s most flower-friendly places.
Waterton is often called the Wildflower Capital of Canada, because of the unique blend of wind, water and temperature that helps to create the stunning array of more than 1000 plants that are found here.
More than half of Alberta’s plant species are found in this small park, including many rare plants like the Mountain lady’s slipper orchid.
The week-long festival offers the best opportunity to get to know about these plants and the remarkable place in which they grow.
Through guided walks and evening talks, experts will share their knowledge of all things floral, while photography and art workshops will allow you to capture close-ups and blossom artistically.
You can seek out flowers from the edge of a hiking trail, the bow of canoe, the saddle of a horse, or the screen of a slide show, and paint them, hear stories about them, make art cards using them and learn how to grow them on your own.
For those familiar with the festival, Margaret Best will be back with two separate botanical arts workshops.
Lyndon Penner will be there to share his wit and knowledge and tea and pie will be served with side dishes of local lore and awe-inspiring panorama views, at the Hawks Nest.
For more information and tickets go to: www.watertonwildflowers.com or phone 1-800-215-2395.

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