From the factual to the fanciful: Prairie Flower Folklore

Holy Wisdom Monastery Benedictine Bridge, Friends of Wisdom Prairie 1 Comment

by Will Mann, Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council

The 2015 Friends of Wisdom Prairie annual meeting and dinner lecture will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm. During the annual meeting, five members of the Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council will be elected Afterward we will have a rare opportunity to be entertained by Wayne Pauly’s presentation of “Prairie Flower Folklore.”

Wayne Pauly, center, teaches volunteers how to sow prairie seed at Holy Wisdom Monastery, November 2014. For a chance to help seed more prairie attend the Wisdom Prairie Workday onNovember 7, 2015.

Wayne Pauly has been Dane County’s botanist/naturalist for almost 40 years and in that time has developed a deep knowledge and love of prairies. Calling upon his well-researched grasp of plant folklore and his renowned gift of story-telling, Wayne will weave stories, anecdotes, legends and lore associated with prairie wildflowers—pasque flower, violet, spiderwort and many more.

Prepare to be charmed, amused and enlightened, as Wayne brings us to a unique appreciation of prairie flowers that goes beyond the merely scientific—from the factual to the fanciful. There will be no PowerPoint presentation with recitation of the Latin and common names of prairie plants and the soil types in which they thrive, though with his education and long experience, Wayne could do that. Instead, he aims to awaken our imaginations and connect us emotionally with the beauty of our prairies, a connection that should prompt us to become actively involved in their promotion and protection.

Registration closes this Friday, October 23, 2015. Don’t miss this fun and educational event! Contact Greg Armstrong at, 608-836-1631, x123  for more information.

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  1. I would love to have access to this experts knowledge of the folklore connected to rattle snake master, wild quinine, compass plant, and other medicinal plants.

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