Georgia Native Plant Society
Events of Interest

GNPS Meetings and Events Callaway Gardens State Botanical Garden of Georgia
GNPS Propagation & Restoration Projects Georgia Exotic Plant Pest Council Trees Atlanta

Please visit the Other Organizations Listing to get contact information for organizations which do not have activities currently listed.

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GNPS Meetings and Events

GNPS meetings are held on alternate months beginning in January, and are open to the public. They are held on the Second Tuesday evening at Day Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, at 1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA. Normal schedule: Social Hour at 6:45, Speaker at 7:30 PM. When you attend a meeting, you can request a $3 voucher off parking when you carpool - so bring a friend! If you'd like to get into a carpool, contact Susan Hanson for assistance. Be sure to include your address and your phone number (preferably cell).

To learn more about GNPS Chapter meetings and events, visit:

West Georgia Chapter meeting: Dragonflies and Damselflies - Tuesday, October 21. Meet & Greet 7:00 pm, program begins at 7:30 pm in Carrollton, GA. The Public is welcome. Our guest speaker is author Giff Beaton who will present an introduction into the lives and abilities of those fascinating aerial predators, dragonflies and damselflies! Packed with stunning photos of these beautiful creatures, you will learn how they live their lives, their amazing flying skills and a little bit about their interesting life cycles.

This talk is sure to spark your interest in these fantastic insects, from the author of "Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast." Native plants will be available for purchase. Come early and enjoy a walk on the Buffalo Creek Nature Trail: entrance visible from Ag Center parking area.

November Annual Business Meeting - Tuesday, November 11. Steve Sanchez will speak on Performance Landscapes: How natives play a key role in a well-functioning landscape. The natural environment provides us with many indirect services, most of which are performed without us ever aware of their vital role in a healthy ecosystem. In addition, our landscapes provide us with many direct benefits. Most developments put back a landscape that provides only a fraction of those services due to costs, aesthetics and regulations. We will explore many of these functions and the vital role native plants play in proving them.

Steve is a Landscape Architect with 45 years of experience using native plants in residential and professional landscapes.

We also be conducting our annual business activities such as electing officers for 2015 and voting on Plant of the Year for 2015.

GNPS Propagation & Restoration Projects

Items under this heading will generally be work days for propagation and restoration projects that GNPS is participating in. Please use the contact information in the item to learn more about the activity.

Stone Mountain Propagation Project workday 10AM-noon - Saturday, October 25, up-potting, seed cleaning, site maintenance For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


Stone Mountain Propagation Project workday 10AM-noon - Thursday, October 30. We've added an extra day this month. Up-potting, seed cleaning, site maintenance For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


Heritage Park Workday - Saturday, November 8, 10AM-12.

For more information, please email Connie Ghosh.


Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens is in a unique region of Georgia. In this area, the flat, sandy, Coastal Plain ecosystem meets the rolling hills and clay soils of the Piedmont. In addition, Pine Mountain Ridge, the southernmost mountain in Georgia, is here with plant species typically found growing further north in the Appalachian Mountains. The intersection of these three different plant communities provides natural biodiversity in the forests of this region.

Callaway Gardens is owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation (ICCF). The 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens include a garden, resort, preserve and residential communities. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, GA, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For further information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (1-800-225-5292) or visit

Workshop fees include admission to Callaway Gardens. To register, call the Education Department at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292), option 5, option 2; 706-663-5153 or email Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each workshop begins. For a complete listing, visit Annual Pass holders and Callaway Connection members qualify for special rates.

29th Annual Southern Garden Symposium at Callaway Gardens - Friday, January 23 - Sunday, January 25, 2015. Designed for novice to expert gardeners, this jam-packed schedule includes lectures and presentations as well as optional pre-conference workshops. Though content-rich, this event provides the unique opportunity for personal interaction with the speakers throughout the weekend.

Learn from experts including Authors Peter Loewer (Murder in the Garden), Troy Marden (Lessons from 20 Years of Gardening in the South), and Dr. Larry Mellichamp (Natives for Your Garden). These authors will have their books available for sale and will sign autographs throughout the weekend. Other lectures include Ben Page (Creating a Nurturing Garden), Jinni Hernandez (Tried, True and New Annuals), Kurt Straudt (Succulents in Your Garden), Michael Buckman (Gardening for Butterflies) and Dan Long (Clematis).

In addition to presentations, guests can indulge their passion at the SGS Marketplace offering one-stop shopping for the gardener. You'll find an assortment of choice plants, many of which are touted by Symposium speakers as the new must-haves"; a superb book selection including new releases by SGS speakers, who will be available for autographing; and a delightful array of garden ornaments.

Preregistration for SGS is required by Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The program registration fee of $259 includes Friday's opening reception; Saturday's continental breakfast, programs with printed materials, box lunch and evening banquet; and Sunday's continental breakfast and programs with printed materials.

The Southern Gardening Symposium is approved for seven contact hours for Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Continuing Education Units.

For further information about SGS or to request a brochure, contact the Education Department at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292), 706-663-5153 or

Georgia Exotic Plant Pest Council

The purpose of the Georgia EPPC is to focus attention on:

Please visit for more information and to check out our latest newsletter.

SE-EPPC Symposium - Wednesday, November 12 - Friday, November 14. Presentations by Doug Tallamy will be opened to the public for a small charge of $15 each. Online registration through the Georgia Center will open soon for the SE-EPPC Symposium at

1) Wednesday afternoon, November 12, 2014: Bringing Nature Home, How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

Chances are, you have never thought of your garden - indeed, of all of the space on your property - as a wildlife preserve that represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are now playing and will play even more in the near future. Learn from Dr. Tallamy how to Bring Nature Home.

2) Thursday afternoon, November 12, 2014: Stitching the world together for Migrating Birds

Biodiversity is essential to sustaining human societies because it is other living things that run our ecosystems. Birds play a large role in ecosystem function, yet, throughout the U.S., we have fragmented the habitats that support our resident and migrant birds by the way we have landscaped our cities, suburbs, and farmland. We can reconnect viable habitats by expanding existing greenways, building riparian corridors, and by changing the landscaping paradigm that dominates our yards and corporate landscapes. Replacing half the area that is now in barren lawn with plants that are best at supporting the insects that sustain spring and fall migrants as well as resident birds while they are breeding would create over 20 million acres of connectivity and go a long way toward sustaining bird populations in the future.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a public educational facility operated under the auspices of the University of Georgia. It is a "living laboratory" for university students and faculty who utilize the collections and natural plant communities for studies in a variety of disciplines. The Garden is also a public garden for enjoyment by the general public who find beauty, knowledge and solitude in a garden setting.

The SBG is located in Athens at the University of Georgia at 2450 South Milledge Avenue. For more information, or to register for any programs, call 706 542-6156. Visit their Web site at

Art Exhibit: Carol and Hugh Nourse, Wild Flowers, Wild Places - Sunday, October 12 - Sunday, November 23. Visitor Center & Conservatory (Free)

Carol and Hugh Nourse are free-lance photographers specializing in plants and their habitats in Georgia and the Southeastern United States.

Having been volunteer photographers at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia since 1996 (Volunteers of the Year in 1997), their photos have been used in calendars, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, posters, web page, and lectures, by the staff at the Garden. Their wildflower prints are exhibited in the Callaway Building and the Visitor Center.

In September 2007, they received the Medal of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia for outstanding service and support.

Their publications include three books for which they are the authors and photographers: Wildflowers of Georgia, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia, all published by the UGA Press. They were chief photographers for Linda Chafin's Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia, and for Leslie Edwards, et. al., The Natural Communities of Georgia, both also published by UGA Press.

Their current project is a Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia being written by Linda Chafin with many of their photos.

Opening Reception: October 12, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Warm-Season Grasses of the Georgia Piedmont - Friday, October 24, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Visitor Center, Classroom 2 ($50)

Grasses are the most economically and ecologically important plant family but most of us know very little about them and fewer still know how to identify grasses. In this class, we will learn to recognize common grass species of the Georgia Piedmont and will dissect grass plants to learn the basic structures that are useful for identification in the field. The last two hours of the class will be spent in the field examining a variety of native and exotic grasses. Bring a hand lens.

Trees Atlanta

Trees Atlanta is a non-profit citizens' group dedicated to protecting and improving our urban environment by planting and conserving trees. We also educate the public about the value of trees. We are involved in tree issues in the entire metropolitan Atlanta area.

Volunteer projects are typically on Saturday mornings from 9 to noon. Locations vary week-to-week.

All volunteers must sign up to receive weekly emails with detailed project information. Children are welcome if they bring an adult with them. Activities include tree planting and care, depending on community needs and time of year. Visit the Trees Atlanta Web site at for more information.

Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour - Friday, May 23 - Tuesday, December 30. The walking tour (register here) takes approximately 90 minutes and begins from an easily-accessible trailhead in the Inman Park neighborhood at 10:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Each docent prepares their own unique talking points to spotlight the native trees, architectural interests, key historical stories, and much more. Be sure to take advantage of this free walking tour, which is offered all year so you can experience every season of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with an expert docent.

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