RTPI plans special wildflower program

JAMESTOWN – On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Roger Tory Peterson Institute will host a program titled, “Western New York Wildflowers: Where to See Them, How to Grow Them, and How to Find Out More.” The event is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.

Dr. Jason Sorens, president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, will present the program, which will include an overview of native wildflowers of western New York through the seasons and descriptions of the natural communities and specific locations in the region where they grow. Dr. Sorens will also give you what you need to know in order to grow wildflowers in your own garden based on his own experience.

Sorens is an assistant professor of political science at the University at Buffalo. A recent but enthusiastic convert to amateur field botany and gardening with native plants, he also volunteers for the Western New York Land Conservancy. He lives in Tonawanda with his wife, Mary, and 2-year-old daughter, Adele.

Following the program guests are welcome to a guided tour, led by RTPI education director Mark Baldwin, of “Roger Tory Peterson the Botanical Illustrator,” an exhibition featuring original color plates from Peterson’s 1968 Peterson Field Guide to Wildflowers.

RTPI’s main exhibition, “Roger Tory Peterson: The Art of the Line,” rare original Peterson art never before displayed, also will be open to the public, and ends May 12.

RTPI also is showing an incredible display of fossils including a Columbian Mammoth excavated in Randolph, New York and additional art from the life work of Roger Tory Peterson. RTPI is located at 311 Curtis St. in Jamestown and is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 665-2473 or visit www.rtpi.org.