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Warm weather is fast approaching and there is no better time of year to enjoy gorgeous wildflower blooms in Marin County and the Bay area.
For a beautiful display of wildflowers, make the trip to the beautiful John Thomas Howell Wildflower Preserve surrounding the Old St. Hilary’s Church, located at 201 Esperanza in Tiburon. The stark-white Old St. Hillary’s Landmark was built over Strawberry Point in 1957 and overlooks the town and bay from its hillside perch.
The wildflower preserve is spectacular to visit in the spring. During the warm spring months, look for the preserve’s rare plants including the Tiburon paintbrush, the Tiburon buckwheat, the Marin dwarf flax, and you may even catch a glimpse of the rare black jewel flower, which blooms during the months of May and June. Behind the landmark church, hiking trains wind their way up to a peak with stunning 365-degree views of the entire bay area. Make sure to bring your camera!
Another fantastic place to see wildflowers is Angel Island, also known as the “Jewel of San Francisco Bay.” Angel Island is accessible on a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown Tiburon. This time of year, Angel Island is awash in color. The best times to visit are during the months of April and May to catch the annual bloom on Angel Island. Keep an eye out for stunning wildflowers including milkmaids, shooting stars, poppies, miner’s lettuce, iris, man root, buttercups, hound’s tongue, checker bloom, lupines and the towering purple blooms of the Pride of Madeira.
For a beautiful nature walk and a chance to see many unique Marin County wildflowers, enjoy a stroll through the breathtaking forest refuge of Muir Woods, the last old growth coast redwood forest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Keep an eye out for the beautiful and delicate trilliums during your visit. These brilliant white flowers are held high on tall stalks, peeking among the ferns and redwood sorrel and are a sign that spring has arrived. Marked paths throughout the woods show interpretive displays of the magnificent setting.
For more information about things to do in Tiburon or to make a reservation for your next Marin County vacation, visit http://lodgeattiburon.com.