November 8, 2014, Mimsie Lanier Center, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Clarke County

Posted under: North Georgia.

Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, 10:00 am

Field Trip Leader:  Heather Alley, Conservation Horticulturist

Description:  Heather will give us a “behind the scenes” look at the propagation facilities that are the foundation for the Botanical Garden’s habitat restoration efforts. She will talk about the propagation methods that work with native plants and the role that plant propagation can play in native plant conservation. We will tour the Middle Oconee River floodplain privet eradication areas and the Piedmont Prairie restoration site at the Garden and talk about the challenges and successes of these efforts. (Note: this is not a propagation workshop.)

Directions from Atlanta: Take I-85 north to GA 316. Stay on GA 316 until it ends on the outskirts of Athens. As GA 316 approaches Athens, stay in the far right lane, and then follow signs to GA Loop 10 South, which will put you on an entrance ramp to the right. Stay on the loop about 6 miles and exit at Exit 6, where you will see a sign for the Botanical Garden. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right and drive about 1 mile. Turn right into the Garden entrance, and drive about ½ mile to the speed bump. Continue downhill, bearing right at each of two forks, continue under the powerline onto graveled surface, and through the gates to the Center. Park just beyond the greenhouse. (If at any point, you find yourself in a paved parking area, retrace your route to the speed bump and start over, remembering to bear right and go downhill).

Directions from the south: Take US Hwy 441 north till it merges with GA Loop 10 just south of Athens; turn right onto the entrance ramp to get onto the Loop. Go about 2 miles to Exit 6, where you will see a sign for the Botanical Garden. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right and drive about 1 mile. Turn right into the Garden entrance [see above for directions once you are inside the Garden].

Meet: 10:00 am, at Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens 30605.

Bathroom Facilities: Outdoor port-a-let.

Walking Difficulty: This hike is easy and close to the parking area. People who want to stay after and hike, on their own, the beautiful forest trails (0.5 to 5 miles) at the Garden should plan for a moderate hike of typical up-and-downhill Piedmont terrain.

Bring: Admission is free. Bring lunch, snacks, & water.  We will eat lunch at the Center. 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.


December 6, 2014, Botsoc Holiday Party, Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center, Fulton County

Posted under: Atlanta area.

Georgia Botanical Society Winter, Pot Luck Luncheon and, Program,Saturday; December 6, 2014, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Description:  Join the Georgia Botanical Society and gather with friends; old, new, and not yet met; for good food, good conversation and good companionship. This will be a fun and informal event.   Please bring an appetizer or lunch dish to share.  There will be coffee, tea, hot apple cider, and lemonade provided with a large pot of soup on the stove.  Wonderful warm breads will be on the serving table.  This afternoon will be very casual and informal.  Adult beverages are permitted.  The Lodge is a comfortable and spacious former residence.  The upper meeting room and the lower classroom both have large fireplaces and wonderful solid pine paneled walls.  Tables will be placed on the upper deck and throughout the lodge.  A campfire will be blazing and picnic tables and benches placed nearby.  The huge covered upper deck overlooks River Glen Pond, the Choestoe Meadows, and the forest along the river.  Easy trails wind through the woods and along the river.  A show and tell area with seed and plant exchange will be downstairs.  Everyone is invited to bring rare and unusual botany books, the specimen that you’ve yet to identify to see if you might befuddle everyone else, and anything else you might like to share.  An optional walk on the Lutra Loop Trail will be offered from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Board of Directors Meeting: 10:00 am to 11:00 am and is open to all members. Luncheon Follows.


Location:  Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center, 8615 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30022.

Difficulty: Easy, level walking

Bring:  Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail if you want to venture forth


FROM HWY. 400:


  • Take exit 7; Holcomb Bridge Road, Hwy. 140
  • Turn east and travel approx. 4 miles.
  • Turn left onto Barnwell Rd. (CVS on right/Kroger on left).
  • Travel approx. .7 mile.  Entrance on right.
  • Large brown sign with white letters on roadway.




  • Take exit 99; Jimmy Carter Blvd. and travel west.
  • Jimmy Carter Blvd. becomes Holcomb Bridge Rd.
  • Continue west on Holcomb Bridge Rd.
  • Cross the Chattahoochee River.
  • Turn right onto Barnwell Rd.  Travel .7 mile.
  • Entrance located on right.


NOTE:  Disregard posted “Do Not Enter” signs.,


Event Coordinator: Jerry Hightower: 770-206-0338, cell



January 17, 2015, Winter Woody Walk, Big Trees Forest Preserve, Fulton County

Posted under: Atlanta area.

Meet:  10:00 am

Description:  A casual stroll among deciduous hardwood trees and shrubs will give us plenty of opportunity to practice our woody plant identification using bark, old leaves, and bare twigs.

Directions:   Meet in the parking lot at 7645 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.

Facilities:  A newly opened restroom at meeting site.

Walking:  Easy, wear sturdy shoes.

Bring:  Water, snacks, camera, notebook.

Trip Leader:   Ellen Honeycutt,, 678-576-5667


March 28, 2015, The Pocket of Pigeon Mountain, Walker County

Posted under: North Georgia.

Meet: 10:00 at the Pocket Parking Lot.

Description:  Every year we look forward to spring and a trip to Georgia’s premier spot for early spring wildflowers.  This area, part of the Cumberland Plateau, contains many species rare to our state: Virginia bluebells, celandine poppy, bent trillium, Ohio buckeye, twin leaf, and a huge variety of other wildflowers.

Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla

Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla

Directions:  From I-75 exit 320, go west on GA 136, crossing US 27 onto GA 193 into downtown LaFayette. From South Main Street, follow GA 193 for 8 mi. to Davis Crossroads, at intersection with GA 341. Turn left on Hog Jowl Rd (sometimes unmarked but paved), go south 2.6 mi passing Mt Herman Baptist Church.  At top of next hill, turn left on Pocket Rd and  continue for 1.2 miles  to parking lot.

Walking: Short and easy around parking lot and on boardwalk.  Moderate on trail to falls and easy bushwhacking to twin leaf site.   

Facilities: None at site.  Fast food restaurants on North Main street in LaFayette.

Lunch:  Bring to eat in parking lot. 

Leader: Mike Christison (770) 973-6482,  Cell for day of walk: (770) 596-3564 (reception not guaranteed!)