The 2017 Roadsides in Bloom Calendar, which features the natural beauty that can be found along West Virginia’s country roads, is now available.
This free calendar is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT). It includes the 12 best photos – as judged by state officials – of West Virginia wildflowers along roadsides.
The calendar features photos of flowers growing naturally along state roads or in Operation Wildflower beds planted by the WVDOT’s Division of Highways. The winning photos were selected to represent the months of the year and a grand prize winner’s photo is displayed on the calendar cover.
Leiane Gibson, of Princeton, is this year’s grand prize winner for her photo of wild phlox growing beside Hern’s Mill Covered Bridge in Greenbrier County. The other featured photos were submitted by:
• Rebecca Byars of Crawley
• Alison Carter of Berkeley Springs
• Jason Crayton of Clarksburg
• Kathryn Davis of Hambleton
• Sandra Hendrick of Seneca Rocks
• Sandra Miller of Buckhannon
• Mary Beth O’Dell of Ronceverte
• Ed Rehbein of Beckley
• Garrett Riffe of Beckley
• Ann Walker of Hillsboro
• Eugene Walker of Hillsboro
To order a calendar, go to http://www.dep.wv.gov/dlr/oer/reap/ow/Pages/default.aspx; call 1-800-322-5530; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you call and get voicemail, please leave your name and address. Requests are limited to one calendar per household. West Virginia residents receive priority.
For more DEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about our REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan), West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, Youth Environmental Program and Human Resources initiatives, connect on Facebook.