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McFarlane Nature Park Restoration Project

    McFarlane Nature Park is an 11.5 acre site in East Cobb County that was established in 1992 by The Cobb Land Trust after the passing of Florence McFarlane who willed her property to be kept in a natural state and used as a neighborhood green space. The property consists of a 1940’s farmhouse, three large meadows, 280 foot-long perennial border, bee garden with active hives, restored stables, pump house, walnut grove and woodlands where GNPS volunteers are invited to help remove non-native, invasive plants and re-establish appropriate Georgia Piedmont native plants. The majority of these plants will come from the GNPS Rescue Program.

    McFarlane Nature Park became a GNPS restoration project in 2012, though it has been an unofficial restoration project for many years. Check out the January 1999 NativeScape newsletter article about McFarlane*. GNPS members along with Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County have worked to remove invasive plants such as privet, English ivy and non-native honeysuckle and replace with native plants from GNPS rescue sites. The McFarlane Nature Park Restoration Project will concentrate on the transitional woodlands consisting of native trees but few native understory or ground layers because of the invasive, non-native plants. The ultimate goal of the McFarlane Nature Park Restoration Project will be to clear the woodland area of these invasive plants and re-establish the native understory with an emphasis of education not only for park visitors but volunteers.

    *Many of the names mentioned in the 1999 NativeScape article are still active members of GNPS: Lisa Betz (rescue facilitator), Connie Ghosh (chair of another GNPS restoration project, Heritage Park), Mary McGaughy (chair of MGVOCC McFarlane Project). Though no longer a GNPS member, Karin Guzy continues to be very active in McFarlane as chair of The Cobb Land Trust.

    McFarlane Nature Park is located in East Cobb just off Paper Mill Road. Parking area is in front of the farm house or if full, follow parking sign through gate and park in field. There will be someone there to greet you!  280 Farm Road SE, Marietta, Georgia 30067.  Current workdays are every Tuesday from 9 am – 11 am.

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    McFarlane Nature Park is located in East Cobb just off Paper Mill Road. Parking area is in front of the farm house or if full, follow parking sign through gate and park in field. There will be someone there to greet you! 280 Farm Road SE, Marietta, Georgia 30067. Current workdays are every Tuesday from 9 am – 11 am.

    You can view a Google Map for this project here.

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