Georgia Native Plant Society
Events of Interest

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GNPS Meetings and Events Chattahoochee Nature Center Trees Atlanta
GNPS Propagation & Restoration Projects Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia  
Callaway Gardens State Botanical Garden of Georgia  

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:


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

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

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

For more information, please email Connie Ghosh.

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

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

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

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Heritage Park Workday - Saturday, September 13, 10AM-12.

For more information, please email Connie Ghosh.

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SMPP Workday - Saturday, September 13, 9AM-11 Sale preparation, water if necessary.

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.

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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 www.callawaygardens.com.

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 education@callawaygardens.com. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each workshop begins. For a complete listing, visit www.callawaygardens.com. 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 education@callawaygardens.com.



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.

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 scheduling@chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055 x237.



Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia

The Environmental Education Alliance (EEA) of Georgia is non-profit professional education and networking association and state affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Its mission is to promote communication and education among professionals in the field of environmental education. Annually, EEA offers an Outdoor Classroom Symposium in the fall and Environmental Education Conference in the spring. For more information on membership, resources, events, initiatives, etc., please visit www.eealliance.org.

For additional environmental education events all across Georgia please visit the Statewide EE Calendar at eeingeorgia.org/core/event/month.aspx?s=0.0.68.4863. The Online Guide to Environmental Education in Georgia is located at www.EEinGeorgia.org.

Monarchs Across Georgia Educator Workshop - Friday, August 22 - Saturday, August 23. Friday 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Discover ways to use the Monarch butterfly to bring diverse science concepts to life in your classroom or with youth groups! Participate in a variety of hands-on activities; learn how to rear Monarchs, and become involved in current research with citizen science projects. Learn to identify common butterflies and how to attract them to your schoolyard or backyard. You will receive a Monarchs in the Classroom curriculum (grade-level specific), field guides, mini-tagging kit, milkweed seeds & plants, make-and-take cages and a variety of other resources. Georgia certified teachers can receive one Professional Learning Unit (1 PLU) for this workshop. Space is limited to 12 participants. $50.00 for Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia members; $75.00 for non-members. Please register by August 14, 2014. www.eealliance.org/mag-events

Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc.

310 Tom Watson Way

Thomson, GA 30824


Outdoor Learning Symposium - Friday, October 3. Join educators from across Georgia for a day of hands-on sessions focused on engaging students in outdoor settings. Learn how to enhance your outdoor classroom or make use of any outdoor space that you have. This is an opportunity for sharing lessons learned and inspiring educators to integrate the environment into their STEM lessons. Complete details and registration will be available by late summer.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Rd.

Roswell, GA 30075-4723

http://eeingeorgia.org/net/calendar/details.aspx?s=110418.0.0.4863



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 www.uga.edu/botgarden.

Celebrating Wildflowers: Fall Hike in the Nash Prairie at the Garden - Wednesday, September 24, 2:00-3:00 pm; Meet at Shade Garden Arbor, Free but limited to 20 participants.

The Celebrating Wildflowers program was created in 1991 by the USDA Forest Service in response to a public request for information about native plants and their conservation. Other agencies soon joined as botanists, interpreters and the public became enthusiastic about the Celebrating Wildflowers program. Join The State Botanical Garden of Georgia Conservation staff for Celebrating Wildflowers fall hike to see some amazing fall wildflower and native grass sites. For a great website on all things wildflower, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/.


Plants & Pollinators: Co-dependence & Conservation - Wednesday, September 24, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Visitor Center, Classroom 2($50). Learn more about your dependence on pollinators and discover how to safeguard them in backyards and local ecosystems through gardening, bee-house building, and eco-friendly lifestyles. This class includes a field search for pollinators along with their host and nectar plants conducted by Shelly Prescott, Flower Garden curator. Also included is an indoor lab on life cycles of these interesting organisms. Students will also learn techniques for propagating pollinator-friendly plants. As part of the Monarch Watch Citizen Science project, participants will learn to tag and release monarchs on their migration to Mexico. Approximately five volunteer hours toward the Certificate in Native Plants can be earned by applying knowledge from this class.


Fall Wildflowers of the Georgia Piedmont - Friday, September 26, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Visitor Center, Classroom 2 ($50). Our gardens, roadsides, and meadows are aglow with color in the fall. In this class, students will learn to recognize the most common fall-blooming wildflowers in the Georgia Piedmont and be introduced to the basic botanical terminology used in identifying and describing fall-flowering plants, with an emphasis on plants in the Aster (composite) Family. We will then apply that knowledge to plants in the field, learning to recognize families, genera, and species based on characteristics readily observable in the field.


Bluestems and Bluejeans: Native Plant Sale - Wednesday, October 1 - Saturday, October 11. Dates/hours: October 1-4: 4-6 pm Wednesday-Friday, 9am-noon Saturday and October 8-11: 4-6 pm Wednesday-Friday, 9am-noon Saturday

At this special native plant sale the plants - nearly 200 species - are raised here at the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies. There will be experts on site to help you choose plants and answer your questions. This is a rare opportunity to find plants that help support Georgia birds and insects and see behind the scenes in the Conservation greenhouses. All sales benefit the Garden's Conservation program. There will be details and a plant list the weeks of the sale at botgarden.uga.edu and directional signs in the Garden to help you find the Center. Stay in touch on the Conservation Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sbgcnps


Basic Botany: Lives of the Plants - Saturday, October 4, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Visitor Center, Classroom 2 ($105).

Explore the biology of flowering plants in this introduction to general plant anatomy, morphology, physiology, and genetics, with an emphasis on relating form to function. It presents the basic information about plants on which other courses in the native plant certificate program will build. Students will be introduced to plant cells, tissues, and vegetative organs (roots, stems, and leaves), as well as reproductive organs (flowers, fruits, and seeds). Basic life processes of plants, including photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration will be discussed, as well as Mendelian genetics.


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 - Saturday, October 25, 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 www.treesatlanta.org 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.

http://treesatlanta.org/our-programs/atlanta-beltline-arboretum-and-tours/


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: http://treesatlanta.givezooks.com/events/treekeepers-2014


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.



Registration site: http://treesatlanta.givezooks.com/events/fruit-and-nut-tree-panel-discussion




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