Georgia Native Plant Society
Events of Interest

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GNPS Meetings and Events Chattahoochee Nature Center South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium
GNPS Propagation & Restoration Projects Georgia Botanical Society Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage & National Park Experience

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

*NOTICE: The GNPS is not responsible for and has no control over the subject matter, content, information, or graphics of any outside web sites that have links here. Please contact us with any comments, concerns, or questions. This list has been compiled to make it easier for GNPS members to find events that might interest them. The listing of these events does not imply any kind of endorsement, by the GNPS, of these organizations.

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:


Woody Walk Field Trip - Saturday, February 7, 10:00 AM. Join GNPS for a casual winter walk through a deciduous forest in Sandy Springs. Big Trees Forest Preserve is a 30-acre preserve with a variety of native shrubs and trees. We'll talk about how you can learn to identify shrubs and trees by their winter characteristics.

Big Trees Forest Preserve is located at 7645 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs. http://www.bigtreesforest.com/

Start time is 10:00 AM and approximate duration is 2 hours although you can leave any time. Walking is relatively easy on a dirt path. Bathrooms are on site. Dress approximately for the weather, bring a notepad or camera and wear comfortable walking shoes that can get dirty.

No reservations are required, but email trip leader Ellen Honeycutt if you have questions (info@gnps.org).


West Georgia Chapter Member Meeting - Tuesday, February 17. Our topic will be: "Conservation of Eagles in Georgia - Successes and Challenges". Guest speaker Jim Ozier, Wildlife Biologist and Program Manager with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Nongame Conservation Section will present a program on Georgia's Eagle population.

Come early and enjoy a walk on the Buffalo Creek Nature Trail: entrance visible from Ag Center parking area. Native plants will be available for purchase at the meeting in limited quantities.

Meeting starts at 7 PM, meet and greet is at 6:30 at the Carrollton Ag Center:

900 Newnan Road

Carrollton, GA 30117-6426


20th Native Plant Symposium - Saturday, March 7. Please mark your calendars for the 20th Annual Georgia Native Plant Society Symposium to be held March 7, 2015 at the Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston campus, Atlanta, GA, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. We have a great program lined up, with keynote speaker, Dr. Alan Weakley, Director, UNC Herbarium, North Carolina Botanical Garden and author of Flora of the Southern & Mid-Atlantic States". We also have Patricia Kyritsi- Howell, clinical herbalist, author, chef and teacher; Georgann Schmalz, ornithologist, three time Past-President of the Atlanta Audubon Society; and George Sanko, CEO of the GPC Botanical Garden on the schedule. The symposium will also include an optional tour of the Georgia Perimeter Native Plant Botanical Garden.


Annual Spring Plant Sale - Saturday, April 18. Our annual spring plant sale will again be held at McFarlane Nature Park in Marietta, GA from 10 am to 2 pm. More details as we get closer, but please save the date!



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 - Thursday, January 29. We've added an extra day this month. More seed starts, possibly some up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday 10AM-noon - Friday, February 6. More seed starts, possibly some up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday 10AM-noon - Saturday, February 14. More seed starts, possibly some up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday 10AM-noon - Thursday, February 19. More seed starts, possibly some up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday 10AM-noon - Saturday, February 28. Possibly some up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday 10AM-noon - Friday, March 6. Possibly some up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday 10AM-noon - Saturday, March 14. Possibly some up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday 10AM-noon - Thursday, March 19. Possibly some up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday 10AM-noon - Saturday, March 28. Start preparing plants for the spring sale, up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project workday 9AM-11AM - Friday, April 3. NOTE: we will start our warm season work hours this month, 9-11AM. These will hold thru September.

Start preparing plants for the spring sale, up-potting and site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project workday 9AM-11AM - Saturday, April 11. All activities will be centered around preparations for the plant sale next week at McFarlane Park.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project workday 9AM-11AM - Thursday, April 16. Transport plants to McFarlane Park, we will need volunteers to help load and un-load plants. Also, please consider volunteering to help set-up for the sale Fri April 17, the sale Sat April 18 or all three.



To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

DIRECTIONS


Stone Mountain Propagation Project workday--canceled - Saturday, April 18. We will be at McFarlane Park helping with the plant sale.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

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Stone Mountain Propagation Project workday 9AM-11AM - Saturday, April 25. Tend the stock nursery, water, site maintenance.

To have the gate fee waived you must mention code SG05 to the gate attendant. For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

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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 www.chattnaturecenter.com for a full listing.

Wildlife Habitats: If you build it they will come - Saturday, February 28. Join CNC Environmental Horticulturist, Lisa Cole to take a deeper look at the connections between the plant and animal worlds. The right plants added to a garden space provides food, shelter, and nesting habitats for bees, birds, and butterflies. Class includes a presentation and a tour of the outdoors to see what is happening in Nature during late winter. 10 AM - 12 PM

Each participant will receive a free plant and additional plants will be available for purchase.

Ages 16; $20 General Public/$10 CNC Members; Register by February 25th on-line or contacting the scheduling office at 770-992-2055 ext. 237.



Georgia Botanical Society

Our primary membership activity is sponsoring field trips to interesting natural areas in Georgia. Membership is open to all, with a basic membership fee of $25 per calendar year. Join us in exploring areas from the mountains to the coast to find fascinating varieties of plants and learn from knowledgeable botanists who lead us. Most of us are not professional botanists, but enjoy learning about our native flowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, mosses, lichens and fungi.

Visitors are welcome to participate in the Society's field trips and are encouraged to follow up their interest by joining the organization. Visit the website www.gabotsoc.org for information on upcoming field trips.

Trips usually meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays with directions to the meeting site published in the BotSoc News and on the Bot Soc website. Simply show up at the site to join the trip. If overnight accommodations are needed, you are expected to arrange them on your own, but we often list suitable local places.

Before heading out to a BotSoc trip, it is a good idea to see if anything has changed by contacting the trip leader listed for the trip on the website. Remember that all trips are tentative. We rarely cancel a trip, but they do change occasionally. Directions for a field trip are in the latest issue of the BotSoc News and on our website. Members can also register with Anita Reaves at rich.reaves@att.net for email reminders of upcoming field trips.

Please be aware that these are outdoor field trips, and there is some risk involved. An indication of the physical nature of the trip is included in BotSoc News so that you may determine if the trip is appropriate for your abilities. All participants in BotSoc field trips are expected to sign a liability waiver as a condition of attending. It is our policy to visit private property only with permission of the owner.

46th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage - Friday, May 8 - Sunday, May 10. This year's Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will be held in Dahlonega, GA. Plan now to join us, more information will be posted on our website soon.



South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium

The South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium (SGNPWS), the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Education Award from the Georgia Urban Forest Council, is held at UGA’s Tifton Campus each year. Come and be prepared to learn something to take back to your home and your community.

For more information visit www.sgnpws.org.

2015 South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium - Wednesday, March 25. This will be the 15th year of great presentations from regional experts on timely topics. Mark your calendar now for Wednesday March 25, 2015. Topics for the day will be selecting native trees, bog gardening in wet areas, and exploring the many reasons to include native plants in the home landscape. Come and be prepared to learn something to take back to your home and your community.

Mark your calendar and set your GPS for 2355 Rainwater Road, Tifton. NESPAL - the original location for the SGNPWS - will be an excellent place to gather with old - and new- friends, to share ideas and to be encouraged by avid and experienced gardeners. See you in Tifton!



Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage & National Park Experience

Since 1950, the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage has been an annual event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Programs consist of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. Most programs are outdoors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while indoor offerings are held in various venues throughout Gatlinburg, TN.

The website, www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org, will have the latest information on Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage events.

64th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage - Tuesday, April 21 - Saturday, April 25. Registration begins in January for the 64th annual event. Click on the link above for registration.




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