The North Georgia Mountains Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society
The North Georgia Mountains Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society formed in 2021 and has a membership of 45 affiliated GNPS members who span across Lumpkin, Towns, Union, White, and Rabun counties. We are proud to be representing this part of the state and look forward to seeing our membership grow.
Meet our Board Members:
President: Teryn Romaine
Vice president: OPEN
Secretary: Diane Hunter
Treasurer: Wendy Beyer
Member At-Large: Jonanthan Micancin
The GNPS North Georgia Mountains chapter meets once a month at the Union County Public Library, Conference Center. All meetings are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon and are open to the public. We hope you’ll join us!
Members of the North Georgia Mountains Chapter may view our chapter bylaws here.
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Chapter News & Events
Members of the North Georgia Mountains Chapter may view our chapter bylaws: Approved Bylaws – North Georgia Mountains Chapter.
Our chapter has been actively supporting efforts to encourage the planting of natives in public places. We have completed two native garden installations and are planning for a third location later this year. We’re very excited to share pictures of our current projects.
Mineral Bluff Depot – Planted beds are identified with both common and scientific names. Weekly maintenance by chapter members, Teryn and Larry Romaine give visitors at the Ride the Rails public events educational exposure to using native plants in landscapes.
Meeks Park – Our beds were planted in Mid-May and are located down the main road into the large parking lot. Our beds are to either side of the opening to park. We are also being asked to plant an island near the Union County Parks and Recreation Building.
With record attendance at our May chapter meeting, Kathryn Litton presented on how to use native plants for landscaping.
Kathryn Litton, local landscaper and noted area native expert has created native cultivars and specializes in programs on Native installation for the garden. Litton is well-known in our state and served as the liaison between the Garden Club of Georgia and the State Department of Transportation. Her early experience selling her own natives was not well received initially, so she set about educating homeowners about what they can use in their gardens. Litton has completed several landscaping efforts at public buildings, state and local parks. She brought several plants to show us: amsonia, false blue indigo, dwarf crested iris, lobelia, turtlehead, monarda, boneset, etc. General Supply in Blairsville sells some of the plants she propagates. She is the author of Here Come the Natives booklet available in local bookstores. She answered many questions, offered practical advice, and gave away the plants as door prizes.