Georgia Native Plant Society
Events of Interest

GNPS Meetings and Events Callaway Gardens The American Chestnut Foundation
GNPS Propagation & Restoration Projects Chattahoochee Nature Center  

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).

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GNPS May Meeting - Tuesday, May 13. Tim Spira will speak about "Wildflower Ecology: A Step Beyond Identification." While it's fun to know the names of wildflowers, it's also satisfying to learn about the many interesting ways that plants adapt to their environments. In this presentation, Dr. Spira would like to help you learn to interpret common features of native plants. For example, have you ever wondered why flowers are so incredibly variable in size, color, shape, and fragrance? Why fruits change color as they age (and why some fruits are sweet and others are not)? Or, why leaves differ in size, shape, and color? Seeking answers to questions such as these adds a new and powerful dimension to your understanding and appreciation of wildflowers. It also adds another layer of fun.

Tim Spira is a plant ecologist, native plant gardener, hiker, and professor of botany at Clemson University where he teaches field botany and plant ecology. Tim received a Ph.D. in botany from the University of California, Berkeley, for which he studied alpine gentians in the White Mountains of California. Most recently, he's the author of the award winning book, Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). Tim and his spouse Lisa Wagner divide their time between Clemson, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina, where they've transformed their lawns into meadows, shrub borders, and woodlands featuring native plants.

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 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 - Thursday, April 17, 9AM-11. Start warm weather hours. inventory of plants, site maintenance

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


Heritage Park Workday - Saturday, April 19, 10AM-12.

For more information, please email Connie Ghosh.


Stone Mountain Propagation Project Workday - Saturday, April 26, 9AM-11. Start warm weather hours. tending nursery stock, site maintenance

For more information, please email Karen McCaustland.


Heritage Park Workday - Saturday, May 10, 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.

Gardening for Butterflies - Saturday, May 10. Learn about the butterfly's life cycle and what it needs from a garden. This fun and informative workshop will describe specific plants to attract specific butterflies. You will go home with a wealth of knowledge and even a couple of plants essential to make your garden a butterfly haven.

Instructors: Michael Buckman, Manager of the Day Butterfly Center, and John Lowe, Callaway Gardens Horticulturist; Fee: $40

Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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.

Master Naturalist Certification Class - Wednesday, September 11 - Wednesday, May 14. The Georgia Master Naturalist certified program (sponsored by The University of Georgia's - Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources) is a hands-on environmental education program that explores habitats and ecosystems in Georgia and human impacts on these environments. This course if offered once a month, on the second Wednesday each month, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day at the Nature Center and at other fieldtrip site. Program Fee*$475 non-members/$430 members (Pre-registration is required). To enroll visit or call 770-992-2055 x 237.

Carnivorous Plants in the Southeast - Saturday, May 3, 1 - 3pm; Ages 12 - Adult; Join us for this informative talk on Carnivorous Plants of the Southeast. Discover the diverse species of plants found in the southeast which have found a way to live in nutrient poor habitats by getting their food through insects they catch and digest. After a short presentation, head up to our greenhouse for a hands-on workshop on how to build a bog for your yard, learn to propagate these fascinating plants and help them thrive and survive. Stay for the Carnivorous Plant Sale, Saturday, May 3; 3 - 5 pm. Start your bog or build your plant collection. We will have Venus Fly Traps, Sundews and many other species and hybrids of pitcher plants available for sale. Included with General Admission.

The American Chestnut Foundation

The goal of The American Chestnut Foundation is to restore the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. The American Chestnut Foundation is restoring a species - and in the process, creating a template for restoration of other tree and plant species. In 2005, we harvested our first potentially blight-resistant chestnuts. We are now in a phase of rigorous testing and trial, in both forest and orchard settings. It is our confident expectation that we will one day restore the chestnut to our eastern forests. The return of the American chestnut to its former niche in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving 6,000 members & volunteers, research, sustained funding and most important, a sense of the past and a hope for the future.

Visit The American Chestnut Foundation, Georgia Chapter for more information.

Annual Meeting, Georgia Chapter - Saturday, April 26, 10AM at the UGA Mountain Research Station in Blairsville, Georgia, on Hwy 129 a few miles south of town. The public is invited. Check-in / meet-n-greet is 9-10, meeting from 10-12 AM, lunch from 12-1 and tour of Backcross American chestnut orchard 1-2. Lunch will be catered, but price TBA - likely near $5 per person. Public is invited. Keynote speaker is Stacy Clark from USFS.

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Last update:  April 17, 2014