Seeing those first blooms after a long winter is a feeling that is unmatched. There's nothing better than going through town, taking in all the beauty and vibrant colors of the newly blossomed flowers knowing that the warmer weather has finally arrived. If this is something you've been daydreaming about during the colder months, then you're in luck! There are several fantastic spots in St. Charles where you can admire those eye-catching plants - just take a look below and see for yourself!
After you've finished up with your dining or shopping downtown, make sure to swing by Delnor Woods Park for a leisurely stroll. When you arrive, you'll be greeted by the flowing waterfall (which had been previously frozen over), and numerous pink Redbud Trees surrounding the Timeless Tags Memorial. Continuing down the path and into the wooded area, you'll encounter countless native plants, such as Virginia Bluebells and Wild Phlox, which are in full bloom.
Photos Courtesy of Brigette Burgman of Nomadic Soul Photography
While the unique sculptures at Mt. St. Mary Park are certainly a sight to behold, there's much more you can also experience this time of year. The park boasts a stunning array of foliage that blossom beautifully in the spring. You'll find an abundance of Daffodils that brighten up it's surrounds with their bright hues, in addition to the striking blooming buds on the trees. A trip to this park to gaze upon all the public art and wonderful springtime colors is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Hickory Knolls Discover Center
In the mood for a hike? If so, head to the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center where their Natural Areas have plenty of trails that wind through prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and more! This time of year, you'll come across blooming Marsh Marigolds (that are commonly found in wetlands), covering the grounds, as well as little purple Violets. You'll also discover some American Plum Trees, shining with white and pink blossoms. After you're done with your walk, stop in the Discovery Center to learn more about this area's natural treasures.
What are You Most Looking Forward to this Summer in St. Charles?
- Enjoying the Fox River
- Dining Outside
- Spending More Time at the Parks/Forest Preserves/Trails
- Attending STC Live! Performances
One of the best hidden gems in St. Charles is behind the St. Charles Park District's Community Center - a Native Plant Garden. This Native Plant Garden is filled with plants and trees that are native to St. Charles, along with signage so that you can learn more about this local eco-system. While there is a lot to appreciate, some of the flora that are in bloom include White Fawnlillies, Virginia Bluebells, Wild Phlox, and the pink Redbud Trees.
It's hard to think of a better way to spend a lovely spring day than by venturing the trails down by the Fox River. The Norris Woods Nature Preserve connects to the Fox River Trail, and provides plenty of natural beauty to enjoy, especially this time of year. Alongside the pathway, you can't help but notice that the ground is lined with purple Violets in bloom. Scattered around, you'll also discover the little white False Rue Anemones, and those golden Marsh Marigolds.
Other Spots Around Town
Photo #1 Courtesy of Brigette Burgman of Nomadic Soul Photography
Aside from the parks and forest preserves, you'll also witness beautiful spring blooms in other areas of St. Charles. The next time you're downtown, stop by the Municipal Building to see flower beds filled with colorful, radiant tulips. If you travel down the trail towards Pottawatomie Park and take the bridge across the Fox River, you'll run into a display of pretty white and yellow Daffodils, and prominent Viburnums whose flowers are similar to a snowball.
Photo Courtesy of the St. Charles Park District
These are just a few of the many places throughout St. Charles where there are gorgeous spring flowers. An excellent way to locate more spots and more blooms is to participate in the St. Charles Park District's Spring Ephemerals Program, running until May 31st. Using the free iNaturalist app, you can log plants that you catch sight of throughout the Fox Valley area and see other people's, too! To find more information on this program, please click here.
Photos Courtesy of Brigette Burgman of Nomadic Soul Photography and @murphy_thegoldenboy_
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