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.

January 21, 2017, Winter Woody Walk, Big Trees Forest Preserve, Fulton County

Posted under: Atlanta area.

Meet: 10:00am, Parking lot of Big Springs Forest Preserve, 7645 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

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.

Facilities:   Yes

Walking:  Easy, wear sturdy shoes

Bring: Water, snacks, camera, notebook

Contact:  Ellen Honeycutt, ehoneycutt@bellsouth.net, cell: 678-576-5667

 

February 25, 2017, 12:00 pm, Trout Lilies at Paces Mill, CRNRA, Cobb County

Posted under: Atlanta area.

Meet: 12:00 pm, (note special meeting time) at the Paces Mill Pocket Parking Lot off Us Highway 41

Erythronium umbilicanum

Erythronium umbilicanum

Description: What better way to anticipate spring than to wonder at the site of hundreds of Trout lilies, Erythronium umbilicanum, covering the hillsides above Rottenwood Creek in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The 12:00 pm meeting time is scheduled to coincide with the early afternoon opening of these exquisite wildflowers. There will be an optional walk to see the ruins at the old Akers Mill grist mill, which is also covered with Trout Lilies.  We may also see the rare bay star vine, Schisandra glabra, although it will not yet be in bloom.

Location: Palisades Unit, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area,  Paces Mill parking area; 3445 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.  The Paces Mill parking area is located on the north side of the Chattahoochee River and on the east side of S. Cobb Parkway, US Hy 41 in Smyrna,  1.4 miles south of I-285.  For map, see www.nps.gov/chat

Walking: About 3 miles, flat except for the short but steep climb up to the old mill ruins.

Facilities:  Restrooms at parking area.

Bring:  $3.00 parking fee or annual or senior national park pass; water and snack to eat on the walk.  Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.

Leader: Mike Christison (770) 973-6482, mikepaddler@netscape.net.  Cell for day of walk: (770) 596-3564

March 18, 2017, Japanese Paper Plant, Edgeworthia papyrifera, Rabun County

Posted under: Northeast Georgia.

Description: The Japanese Paper Plants are located in the National Forest of Rabun Co.  They were introduced into Ga. in the early 1900’s and planted at an old home site.  They have naturalized along Wolf Creek for 4 miles, and  bloom the first 3 weeks of March.  This site is near the Wolf Creek Baptist Church which was built in 1851. The largest patch of plants are one half mile from the church.

Facilities:  No

Difficulty: Easy

Bring: Lunch, water, camera

Directions:  From Tallulah Falls, GA in Rabun County,  proceed N on 441 approx. 4 miles to the Lakemont sign, turn Right on Wolf Creek Rd., go 3.6 miles to Wolf Creek Baptist Church sign, turn onto the church road and go 1 mile to the church parking lot.

Contact:  Louis Schweizer, louis30576@gmail.com