Georgia Native Plant Society
Events of Interest

GNPS Meetings and Events Chattahoochee Nature Center Trees Atlanta
GNPS Propagation & Restoration Projects State Botanical Garden of Georgia  

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:

The Ephemeral Tourist: Lessons from the Forest Floor - Tuesday, September 9. No matter where you live, one thing is for certain: just beyond the reach of your gaze is an incredible world of amazing plants and animals living intricately intertwined, beautifully complex lives. We often travel far and wide in search of exotic wildlife when all that has ever been required of us is a willingness to simply slow down and take a closer look. From wasps that turn pitcher plants into cradles for their young to treehopper herding ants, layer upon layer of biological wonder awaits our discovery.

The Ephemeral Tourist: Lessons from the Forest Floor guides audience members along a path into this miniature world and teaches them how to explore their surroundings with fresh eyes. Along the way, we'll also take a philosophical look at ourselves and learn more about what we can do to encourage others to get to know their own local wild places a little better. Filled with beautiful photographs and light-hearted stories about nature, this talk is great for naturalists both young and old.

Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer specializing in macro and close-up photography of Southern Appalachian biodiversity, with an emphasis on invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. His images and projects have been featured by organizations and publications such as National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, Scientific American, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon Magazine, BBC Wildlife and many others. He is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

Celebrating 20 years of the Georgia Native Plant Society's Education and Impact - Sunday, September 14, 11a-2p at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075).

Tickets will be $12 for adult GNPS members, $15 for non-members, and $6 for children 12 and under.

GNPS Fall Plant Sale - Saturday, September 20. Save the date! Our fall plant sale will be held at our propagation area in Stone Mountain Park. More details as the date gets closer.

November Annual Business Meeting - Tuesday, November 11. Steve Sanchez, Landscape Architect with 45 years of experience using native plants in residential and professional landscapes, will speak about considering the vital functions our landscapes provide and how native plants play an integral part in them.

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.

SMPP Workday - Saturday, July 26, 9AM-11 Tasks include stock maintenance, up-potting, water if necessary.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


SMPP Workday - Friday, August 1, 9AM-11 Tasks include stock maintenance, up-potting, water if necessary.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


Heritage Park Workday - Saturday, August 9, 9AM-11.

For more information, please email Connie Ghosh.


SMPP Workday - Saturday, August 9, 9AM-11 Tasks include stock maintenance, up-potting, water if necessary.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


SMPP Workday - Thursday, August 14, 9AM-11 Tasks include stock maintenance, up-potting, water if necessary.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


SMPP Workday - Saturday, August 23, 9AM-11 Tasks include site maintenance, checking stock for fall sale, watering if necessary.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


SMPP Workday - Saturday, August 30, 9AM-11 Tasks include site maintenance, checking stock for fall sale, water if necessary.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


SMPP Workday - Friday, September 5, 9AM-11 Tasks include sale preparation, make final choice of plants, water if necessary. This is the weekend of the Yellow Daisy Festival.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a 127-acre private non-profit environmental education facility located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075. More than 100,000 people visit the center each year. Many come on the weekends to roam the forest trails, stroll the river boardwalk, participate in guided hikes, visit the animals, or attend Sunday Specials. Many visitors come to the Nature Center on school field trips, for birthday parties, scout badge programs, overnight adventures, after-school nature workshops, and adult and family programs.

The center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

The CNC offers many programs for children, adults, and families. For more information, call 770-992-2055, or visit for a full listing.

Pee-Wee Naturalist Summer Series - Tuesday, June 10 - Tuesday, August 12,

If your child loves playing outside and all things animals, they're going to love our Pee-Wee Naturalist programs! Tuesdays: June 10, July 8, and August 12.

Join us in June as we look at transformations in the lives of butterflies and other insects. Get ready to learn how to be a naturalist in your own backyard in July and how to cool off with water in August! These programs allow your child to harness their naturalist skills in an exciting, interactive way through animal encounters, trail hikes, games and more! Ages 3 & 4 (adult helper required and admitted free); $50 General Public/$40 CNC Members. Registration required by June 5th.

For quickest registration or to check availability of a program, please visit our on-line registration center. You may also email our scheduling department at or call 770-992-2055 x237.

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

Certificate in Native Plants Elective: Native Medicinal Plants - Tuesday, July 29, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The botanically rich southeastern U.S. is home to a vast array of native plants with a long history of use as medicines. This course will emphasize both traditional and current uses of native plants. Students will learn about the role that native plant medicines have played in history, the ecological impact of the growing demand for herbal medicines, and what is being done to move towards the sustainable use of medicinal native herbs.

Visitor Center & Conservatory Adult Classroom

2450 S. Milledge Ave. Athens, GA 30605

Cost: $50 Member Cost: $45.00

Register here.

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.

TreeKeepers 2014 - Saturday, August 2 - Saturday, September 27, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM TreeKeepers started in 2008 to provide practical tree education over the course of 7 consecutive Saturday sessions (excluding Labor Day weekend) including: indoor & outdoor activities, lively presentations, and engaging hands-on demonstrations. Each 3-hour session is taught by Trees Atlanta staff or community tree experts. Upon completion of the series of 7 sessions, graduates will be trained in a manner that builds skill, pride, and appreciation to continue the stewardship of the urban forest. Participants receive an eastern trees field guide, a native tree, and much more! Costs $75 and led by Trees Atlanta staff & local Arborists; held at Trees Atlanta.

Registration site:

Fruit and Nut Panel Discussion - Wednesday, August 6, 7pm-8:30pm at Trees Atlanta; reception with local harvest tasting at 6:30pm.

Free and open to the public; 1.5 ISA CEU hours available.

Panel Discussion held at Trees Atlanta will jump into the hot topic of Fruit and Nut Trees. The expert panel will review their participation in this field of arboriculture and answer questions from the audience. Topics covered will include fruit and nut trees best suited for the Atlanta climate, how to plant these trees, what needs these trees have in the home landscape, and how to ensure ample fruit production. Fruits and nuts in season will be available to sample.

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