As Mother’s Day approaches, instead of giving your mom some flowers, plan to experience them together on one of the state’s many wildflower tours.The Barber County Wildflower Tour on the Saturday before Mother's Day is a perfect example. It lets you encounter native wildflowers and have the chance to see a beautiful part of the state in a unique way. 

The popular tour, which starts in Medicine Lodge, includes a drive through the scenic Gypsum Hills and stops to identify over 30 different wildflower varieties. While there is some rough terrain, the tour is appropriate for all ages. Guides help participants identify the species and provide some background and education on the plants.

“A lot of people love it,” says Courtney Pilkington with the Barber County Conservation District. “It’s a day out in the country. They get to see things they normally don’t get to see on land they wouldn’t normally have access too. Everyone usually has a great time.”Warm weather is expected to bring some variety to this year’s tour. Certain flowers not normally seen as early as Mother’s Day are expected to be in bloom. Reservations must be made in advance and paid by May 4th. You can find out how to do the Barber County Conservation District website.

What: Barber County Wildflower Tour

Date: Saturday, May 12th

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person. (Breakfast, lunch, afternoon refreshments and transportation are included.)If you can’t make it to Barber County, you may be able to enjoy a spring wildflower tour closer to home. For a listing of viewing events throughout the state visit the calendar at the Kansas Native Plant Society Web site.

Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. The TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.