OPEN HOUSE AT LAKESIDE DAISY STATE NATURE PRESERVE|
SET FOR SATURDAY, MAY 10
COLUMBUS, OH -- The annual public open house at Lakeside Daisy State
Nature Preserve in Ottawa County is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
Saturday, May 10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse one of the world's
truly rare flowers, the Lakeside daisy, in full bloom. The preserve is home
to the only remaining natural population of this colorful wildflower in the
United States. Known to grow naturally in only two other places worldwide,
the bright-yellow blooming perennial flourishes where few other plants can -
on nearly barren limestone bedrock in full sunlight.
Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve is 19 acres of abandoned
limestone quarry on the Marblehead Peninsula near Lake Erie. Dedicated in
1988, the preserve is open to the public without a permit only during the
month of May when the daisies are in bloom. During the remainder of the
year, visitors must obtain an access permit from the ODNR Division of
Natural Areas & Preserves.
The open house on May 10 is an informal event. Participants are
urged to dress comfortably and wear sturdy shoes, suitable for walking.
Staff from the Division of Natural Areas & Preserves will be on hand to
answer questions and provide details about this elusive Ohio wildflower.