Free 2018 Roadsides in Bloom Calendar

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Operation Wildflower has brought beauty and diversity to West Virginia highways for many years. The program has been, and continues to be, an asset to the Mountain State. The program began in 1990 under the DNR with a test site on I-64 near Huntington, West Virginia. The success of the site led to the expansion of the program to include donations from garden clubs and the public. Today, more than 250 acres of wildflowers grow on state roads, including sites on every interstate highway.

Bright red Poppies bloom in early spring, followed by deep blue Bachelor's Buttons in late spring and early summer. Mid-summer brings yellow Coreopsis providing color until August, when pink and white Wild Cosmos take over until killed by frost in the fall. The Division of Highways and Department of Environmental Protection are currently working with the WV Native Plant Society and commercial growers to develop a mix of pure West Virginia native plants to replace the current mix.

Each year they have a calendar contest. Photos can be submitted for consideration in the annual "Roadsides in Bloom" calendar as published by the Division of Highways and Environmental Protection. Sign up for your free 2018 Roadsides in Bloom Calendar today. Note: They give priority to West Virginia residents.

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