On March 7, get a sneak preview of the spring wildflowers of the Blue Ridge that will burst into bloom any day now. Botanist Tim Spira will show photographs and discuss interesting characteristics of common and conspicuous, as well as rare and unusual, spring wildflowers. These include trilliums, trout lily, wild ginger, mayapple, bearcorn, Jack-in-the-pulpit, pink lady’s slipper, cucumber root, Oconee bells, and many others, including a few shrubs and trees. You’ll see examples of how plants interact with pollinators, herbivores (animals that feed on plants), and seed dispersal agents, including birds, bears, and ants. A plant ecologist, native plant gardener, and professor emeritus at Clemson University where he taught field botany and plant ecology, Spira did research on plant-pollinator interactions for more than 20 years. He has published more than 30 papers in scientific journals including a cover article in the journal "Nature." He’s the author of the award-winning book, "Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia" (UNC Press). His latest book is "Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: 30 Great Hikes: (UNC Press). For more information, contact Judy Mattox, email@example.com, 828-683-2176.