Augusta’s River Region Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society
The Augusta’s River Region Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society is currently forming in the Augusta and Central Savannah River area.
You can reach us by email.
How can I join?
Chapter News & Events
Are you in the Athens area and interested in joining a new GNPS chapter? If so, please join us for a virtual Athens chapter interest meeting on Saturday, May 15 at 2 PM. Once you register you will receive the instructions for joining the event.
What we’ll be focusing on during the meeting:
- Meeting other chapter area members
- Reviewing the chapter quick start guide
- Choosing the startup committee
- Discussing the name of the chapter
- Discussing potential meeting locations
- and more!
We look forward to “seeing” you there!
In the April NativeSCAPE newsletter, we talked about the state of chapter development and getting started forming new chapters. We had lots of members reaching out about joining or helping to form new chapters.
In order to help answer any questions around forming new chapters or making connections with others who also want to form a chapter in your area, we’ll be hosting a virtual chapter interest meeting and Q&A on Sunday, April 25th, 2021 at 4:00 PM.
A few things we plan on covering:
- Overview of chapters in the formation stage
- Chapter affiliation status on membership
- Chapter Quick Start Guide
- Resources for Chapters: Hosting meetings, membership lists, social media, document storage, etc
- Chapter liaison to Membership / Chapter Relations committee
- Q & A
So join us virtually for an open discussion and Q&A on chapter formation. Please register by clicking the link below to receive the virtual meeting invitation.
With the change in the governing structure of GNPS, GNPS board leadership is no longer organizing bi-monthly meetings in Atlanta. Members are encouraged to form groups that might become metro Atlanta chapters and host local educational events. This meeting is the first such event. Come meet your fellow members and exchange ideas about more local educational events, and bring a friend!
“The Best Native Plants for Home & Business & How to Use Them” is the topic for this educational presentation and Rick Barnes will be the presenter. While the focus of the talk is on trees and shrubs, some attention will be given to the concepts of provenance, evaluation of the landscape as a plant community, and some interesting facts about pollinators.
The presentation starts at 7 pm, gather for meet and greet at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be in the Community Room in Alpharetta City Hall. Parking is available along the street in front of City Hall and in the parking garage across from the library. The address for City Hall is 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009.
Rick Barnes has been an active horticulturist in Atlanta for over 35 years, working in the interiorscape industry during and after graduation from the University of Georgia, and then as co-owner of Greensphere Landscaping, Inc., an award-winning design-build-maintenance firm. Greensphere was acquired by NatureScapes, Inc. in 1996 and Rick stayed with the company as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing until March of 2016, when he became a part of the team at Downey Trees, Inc. There, he is a Business Developer for the Tree & Plant Health Care division, which provides treatments for the care of living trees and improvement of their growing conditions. Read more