Georgia Native Plant Society
Events of Interest

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

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:


20th Native Plant Symposium - Saturday, March 7. The 20th Annual Georgia Native Plant Society Symposium will be at 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.



GNPS will be selling plants, our new 2015 t-shirt, and several other vendors will be there. Your registration fee includes lunch. http://gnps.org/shortterm/Symposium_Announcement.php


March Meeting: Olmsted’s Deepdene Park: A Forest Preserved in the 19th Century finds its way for the 21st - Tuesday, March 10. Half of the total 45 acres of the Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills lies in the forest of Deepdene. In this talk, the history of this park will be touched on with more time spent examining the efforts of the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance to rehabilitate this woodland with its triple threat of invasive exotics, storm drainage erosion and overhead power lines.


Spencer Tunnell of Atlanta, is a landscape architect. In addition to residential and estate landscapes, Spencer and his firm completed the restoration of the Boxwood Garden at Swan House. In 1998, Spencer's late wife Lisa Martin joined the firm and they developed a new Master Plan and three phases of implementation for the Atlanta Botanical Garden from 1998-2002. Since 1998, Spencer has worked on the implementation of the Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills. In March 2012, the project was awarded the Marguerite Williams Award, the top honor awarded by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as a separate award for Excellence in Rehabilitation. Current work includes the restoration of the Philip Shutze Goodrum House" landscape, noticeable at the corner of West Paces Ferry and Habersham.


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. Download our flyer at the following link: http://gnps.org/shortterm/Plant_Sale_Announcement.php


WGA Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, April 21. Native Azaleas - 6 PM Azalea walk, talk at 7 PM. Special Guest Speaker Ernest Koone, owner of Lazy K Nursery and Garden Delights Garden Center, in Pine Mountain, Georgia is a second generation azalea grower who has been selecting and cultivating deciduous azaleas for many years. He has supplied native azaleas to many public gardens and arboreta throughout the U.S.

Native Azaleas will be available for purchase.

Carroll County Ag Center 900 Newnan Road Carrollton Georgia

Our meetings are free and open to everyone.



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 - 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.

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Heritage Park Workday in Smyrna 10:00 AM - Saturday, March 14. Join us for a planting day using rescued native plants. Volunteers can learn how to go native with their own gardens and avoid the cookie-cutter look with beautiful native plants that increase the number of birds and butterflies in their gardens.

For more information, please email Price Crafts/Connie Ghosh.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Last update:  March 01, 2015