Since the success of our chapter’s inaugural event, the April Native Habitat Tour, our Intown Atlanta Chapter of GNPS has been hard at work fine-tuning our calendar of events for the rest of the year. Mark your calendar for this all-star native plant line-up:
- On Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., you can find GNPS Intown in Downtown Decatur tabling at the National Pollinator Week Festival. A variety of exhibitors will be on hand, including Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm, Monarchs Across Georgia, Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, Wylde Center, Georgia Audubon Society, Decatur Cares About Climate, DeKalb County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, Scott Park Community Garden, and more. Come see us at the Festival.
- On Sunday, June 26 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. join GNPS Intown as we partner with Trees Atlanta for a panel discussion called Adding Native Plants to Your Intown Landscape. We’ll discuss practical ways to make your property more habitat friendly using native plants. The event will be hosted at Trees Atlanta’s Kendeda Center at 225 Chester Avenue. Look for an email later this week with more details. Information will also be posted on the GNPS website and social media.
- On Saturday, August 20 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., participants of all ages are invited to bring a lunch and join our chapter at select intown parks for a Native Plant Pollinator Picnic as we learn how to be a citizen scientist, identify high habitat value native plants, and participate in the Great Georgia Pollinator Census. We are striving for four parks located in each corner of Intown Atlanta so that our membership has a variety of options to choose from.
- On Sunday, September 18 10 a.m. – noon join GNPS Intown members for our Annual Chapter Meeting where the main event after the meeting will be an epic Native Plant Swap for newbie and seasoned native plant gardeners to share, learn, and talk plants. Like 2021, we are aiming for a great outdoor location in a beloved neighborhood greenspace.
- On Sunday, November 13, our Programming & Education Committee will host a membership-wide planning meeting to help set our 2023 events calendar. Bring your great ideas and can-do spirit to this meeting. We’ll also have a way for you to provide suggestions online if you cannot join.
- In early January 2023 our native plant sharing continues with our first Winter Sowing Workshop and Native Plant Seed Swap which will offer an opportunity for participants to swap native seeds and learn an easy way to propagate them.
Want to help execute one or more of the aforementioned events? Please email email@example.com and indicate your willingness to help with our Programming & Education Committee. Chairs Laura Markson and Grace Manning will get you plugged in.
Want to get involved in a different way? Great. Keep reading. Intown Atlanta has five committees for our chapter, each working to advance an aspect of native plant awareness and action.
- Programming & Education – Co-Chaired by Laura Markson & Grace Manning, this committee is responsible for our signature chapter-wide events in a given year. If you enjoy event planning, bringing big ideas to life, and showcasing native plants in unique ways, this committee is for you.
- Restoration – Chaired by Suzy Nicksic, Restoration is focused on supporting existing GNPS-certified restoration sites in the Intown Atlanta area and recruiting new sites and and teaching everyday citizens restoration principles.
- Advocacy – The Advocacy committee will meet for the first time on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Here is the link to the Zoom meeting. We are seeking nominations for chair. To nominate someone (including yourself) or to express your interest in this committee, please complete the form linked here. Advocacy will encourage local policy changes to support native wildlife habitats.
- Communications – Chaired by Baker Owens, Communications spreads the important word about native plants, our ecoregion, and ways to learn more about going native. If you like to write, take photographs of your garden, or are skilled in marketing, this committee is for you.
- Native Habitat Certification – Co-Chaired by Sharon Worsham and Rita Growler, this committee will education on, and expand the adoption of, habitat certification for public and private properties alike in the Intown Atlanta area.
If any of these committees interest you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you connected.
Finally, read this great article by fellow Intown Atlanta GNPS member, Amy Aidman.