Sunday, March 23, 2014, Nature Ramble at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Clarke County, 1:00 p.m.
Posted under: North Georgia .
Meet: 1:00 p.m. – NOTE THE DIFFERENT STARTING TIME
Field Trip Leaders: Hugh Nourse and Dale Hoyt
Description: We will explore the Dunson Native Plant Garden and some of the natural areas of the Garden. In the Dunson garden expect to see a variety of native wildflowers in bloom: spring beauty (Claytonia caroliniana), toothwort (Cardamine laciniata), trout lily (Erythronium americanum), Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginiana), leataherwood (Dircus palustris), Edna’s trillium (Trillium persistens). Elsewhere in the Garden along the Orange Trail we should see liver leaf (Anemone americana), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), heart-leaf (Hexastylis arifollia), yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum). Being a nature ramble, we will stop for anything that is interesting to talk about (insects, trees, lichens, mosses, liverworts, etc.)
Location & Directions: Directions: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located at 2450 South Milledge Ave., Athens, Georgia. From Atlanta, take I-85 North and exit onto GA Hwy 316. When 316 approaches Athens, get in the far right lane and merge onto Athens Loop/GA Hwy 10 SOUTH toward UGA. Take exit 6 for South Milledge Ave and the Botanical Garden. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right and drive 1 mile. Turn right into the Garden and continue through the cattle (deer) guard and past the greenhouse facilities, which are on the right. Take the next right and then the next left, following signs to the Administration Building.
Meet At: The Wisteria Arbor next to the Administration Building parking area. (There are a limited number of parking spaces in the lower parking area. In the event that they are all taken use the upper parking area and walk down to the Arbor.)
Bathroom Facilities: Inside the Conservatory and outside, next to the lower parking area.
Walking Difficulty: This hike is easy to moderate.
Bring: Lunch, snacks, & water. Remember to dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and your activity level. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera. Note: Food (sandwiches, soups, and salads) and beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks) are available inside the Conservatory at Donderos’ Kitchen.
Contacts: Hugh Nourse: email, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone, 706-353-8222 cell, 706-340-1765; Dale Hoyt: email, email@example.com; phone, 706-543-5392 cell, 706-372-5140 (use on day of trip)