October 29, 2016, Workshop: Field ID of Pines and Hemlocks at Tallulah Gorge, Rabun County

Posted under: Northeast Georgia; Workshops.

This plant ID workshop is a joint effort of the Botsoc and GNPS.

To register, contact Leslie Edwards at: workshop4@gnps.org

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Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, 10:00 am (Veteran’s Day), Fall Color on Pine Mountain, Harris and Meriwether Counties

Posted under: Middle Georgia.

View from Dowdell Knob, Pine Mountain

View from Dowdell Knob, Pine Mountain

Field Trip Leader:  Hal Massie 


Fall on Pine Mountain

Description:  This trip will be a driving and walking tour of FDR State Park, with an emphasis on fall foliage color.  Pine Mountain is home to the largest population of Georgia Oak, Quercus georgiana in the explored galaxy, as well as large populations of Alabama cherry, Prunus alabamensis.  We will also see large old-growth montane longleaf pines, Pinus palustris and shortleaf pines, Pinus echinata. Several overlooks along the way will give us inspiring views into   Pine Mountain Valley.  Hopefully, we will be able to stop for a brief visit to an historical stand of longleaf planted by FDR. 

Location & Directions:  Directions: Take I-85 south to I-185 and continue south.  At Exit 42, turn south on US 27.  Stay on US 27 South through the town of Pine Mountain and past Callaway Gardens.  At the top of Pine Mountain, turn left unto GA 190.  Go about three miles and turn right into the lower parking lot of the Park HQ.

Meet At:  The parking lot below the FDR State Park HQ.

Bathroom Facilities: Only at the park HQ. 

Walking Difficulty: Walking portions of this trip will be short and easy. The longest walk will be about a half mile in, then back to the parking area.  Trails are rocky.

Bring: Lunch, snacks, & water.  We will try to eat at Dowdell’s Knob, the highest point on Pine Mountain.  Picnic tables are available at the Knob.


Contact: Hal Massie, massiefarm@aol.com, 478-957-6095


December 3, 2016, Botsoc Holiday Party and Winter Meeting, Panola Mountain State Park, DeKalb County

Posted under: Uncategorized.

The BotSoc Winter Meeting will be held at the Conference Room of Panola Mountain State Park on December 3. Socializing starts around 10 am, but you are welcome to come earlier and help setup. Please bring potluck refreshments and seeds to share. There will be a short field trip after lunch. Information about the park, including directions, can be found at http://gastateparks.org/PanolaMountain.