I spent Saturday afternoon botanizing with Ranger Nathaniel Garrison at Rock Island State Park. Just beautiful! Besides seeing lots of wildflowers, we had a good visit. Nathaniel showed me a booklet that he and fellow rangers have put together for teaching about wildflowers. With the snow overnight, he might be using it today. Rock Island is a gem of a state park, and I’ve been lucky to botanize there for several years. The staff is in the middle of a 3-year invasive plant eradication program, and I was impressed to see the improvement. And look at the wildflowers: violets, foam flower, trilliums, saxifrage, wild ginger, and columbine. We also saw phlox, bloodroot, pachysandra, and hepatica in bloom, with more still to come!