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 on: July 25, 2010, 12:56:58 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
                    7TH Eastern Native Grass Symposium
            “Native Grasses on Working and Natural Landscapes”
                            October 5 - 8, 2010
                         Knoxville Marriott Hotel
                               Knoxville, TN
The Eastern Native Grass Symposium features a special emphasis on working
landscapes that will include sessions on biofuels, ecosystem restoration,
forage, seed production/landscaping, land reclamation (mines, landfills,
etc.) wildlife management and other topics of interest for native grasses
in the eastern United States and Canada.

Several field trips are being planned to sites in East Tennessee that will
include the recently completed cellulosic biofuels production facility, the
first of its kind in the United States, associated biomass production
fields (switchgrass), forage production fields, the largest oak savannah
restoration project east of the Mississippi, a pine savannah restoration
site, wildlife management areas, and more.

The symposium will be held in downtown Knoxville,Tennessee at the Knoxville
Marriott .
Reservations may be made by contacting them at 800-228-9290 or at the same
web page where you register for the meeting
and clicking on the link named “Hotel”.

You may register on-line by going and
clicking on the links named “Native Grass Symposium” and “Register On-Line
Now”. Rates will go up after August 25. A credit card is required to
register on-line. If you would prefer to pre-register using a check, you
may do so by sending your payment, along with a printed registration form
(see above link to obtain a copy) to:  Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Registration, Attn: Lisa Cashion, 2431 Joe Johnson Drive, Rm 274 EPSB,
Knoxville, TN 37996-4563

Abstracts must be submitted by August 16, 2010. Authors will be notified by
September 3, 2010 if the submission is accepted. Final abstracts and full
papers for approved submissions must be received by September 17, 2010

                      Submission Deadline Extended!!
   We are now accepting submissions for oral, full papers, and posters.
Authors must submit an abstract by going to the above website and clicking
on the links named “Native Grass Symposium” and “Abstract Submission Form”.
                    Abstracts are limited to 250 words.

Please plan to join us in East Tennessee for an excellent program, great
field trips, and an outstanding opportunity to network with leaders and
practitioners in the native grass field!

 on: July 05, 2010, 11:10:49 AM 
Started by idaviljoen - Last post by idaviljoen
Hello everybody,

I'm relocating to South Africa and have two African violets if anybody is interested.  None of  my friends has any interests in plants and I don't want to pass them on and know they will die sooner than later:-(.  Please let me know if anybody is interested in adopting them.  I live in the East Cobb area.

 on: May 16, 2010, 04:02:05 PM 
Started by Richard - Last post by Richard
Report from Friday, May 14:

Carter's Lake, Hidden Pond Trail: The American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis) was still blooming, although looking droopy when we were there. The large-leaf waterleaf (Hydrophyllum macrophyllum) was just about shot, we found one plant that was still really fresh.

Fort Mountain State Park: On the Gahuti Trail (trail that goes up the hill to the right before you get to the ticket booth), we saw nice specimens of four-leaf milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia) blooming and after making the sharp turn to the right and entering the rich cove, we saw a good many Vasey's trillium (Trillium vaseyi), although most were pretty old looking. But, the highlight of this trail was a large clump of speckled wood lilies (Clintonia umbellulata) just coming into bloom on the bank to the right just above the trail, behind a tree!

Next we drove to the parking lot for the trail to the rock tower. If you park in the first parking space on the left, in the wooded section in the middle of the loop across the road from where the trails begin you'll find Ash-leaf goldenbanner (Thermopsis fraxinifolia) blooming. And, standing on the wooden deck at Cool Springs Overlook, you'll see bristly locust (Robinia hispida).

Richard Ware

 on: May 08, 2010, 08:50:29 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
As of today, the American columbo are starting to bloom at the trail at the reregulation dam at Carter's Lake.  Waterleaf are in bloom and a few larkspur are hanging on.

Columbo that are flowering are not as numerous as some past years, but there are quite a few with flower stalks up and some of the flowers open.

 on: April 28, 2010, 10:38:26 PM 
Started by mikepaddler - Last post by mikepaddler
Today near Cochran Shoals in the CRNRA:  a profusion of Southern Nodding Trillium (Trillium rugelii) in peak bloom. Botsoc members can contact me for details.

 on: April 24, 2010, 08:51:03 PM 
Started by mikepaddler - Last post by Rich
Sounds like this was an excellent outing.  Thanks for the report, Mike.

 on: April 24, 2010, 08:49:00 PM 
Started by Chattahoochee Mom - Last post by Rich
Trillium with four leaves, and the associated  flower parts in 4's, are not that unusual.  They turn up fairly regularly among many, if not all species in the genus ( I have seen them in T. decumbens, T. cuneatum, T. luteum, T. simile, T. reliquum, and T. simile that come to mind mind immediately).  I have even come across a 5-leaf speciem in the woods. 

 on: April 23, 2010, 06:37:56 AM 
Started by Chattahoochee Mom - Last post by Chattahoochee Mom
Has anyone else been finding four-leaf trillium?  I have two Nodding Trillium in my back yard on the Chattahoochee River that have four leaves and four petals.  Huh

 on: April 21, 2010, 09:30:04 PM 
Started by mikepaddler - Last post by mikepaddler
A good number of Botsoccers and guests of the Park joined naturalist Jerry Hightower on this midweek walk along beautiful Fox Creek. This is a fairly heavily forested area now, with oak and hickory dominant, but Jerry asked us all to imagine what it looked like devoid of all trees in the 1850's, when cotton was planted in this part of Cobb County. Little from that era remains, aside from roads now used as trails.  And cotton has been replaced by a number of native plants, many of which were blooming.  The highlights of the day were three Trillium species (T. cuneatum, T. catesbaei, and T. rugelii), two wood sorrels, (Oxalis violacea and O. stricta), Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens), and two Jacks-in-the Pulpit, including the uncommon Arisaema triphyllum, ssp. quinatum, which appears to have 5 leaflets. Also, a large number of Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus) lining both sides of the trail for quite a distance, Green-and-Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), and Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex), along with a dozen other wildflowers, all of which added several shades of color to this interesting part of metro Atlanta.

Jerry will be leading several other hikes, as well as canoe trips, in the Park this spring.  Consult the "upcoming trips" schedule on this web-site for details.

 on: April 18, 2010, 04:27:22 AM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
We had a very nice walk. The terrain was a bit more rugged that expected and the pollen was severe, but all worked out fine.  There were nice ravines with rock faces scattered along the route we chose. The buckeyes and azaleas put on the best show for us.  Flowers encountered included Catesby's trillium (Trillium Catesbaei), common blue violet (Viola sororia), wood violet (V. palmata), halberd-leaved violet (V. hastata),  foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia), windflower (Anemone quinquefolia), yelow star-grass (Hypoxis hirsuta), violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea), Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens), painted buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica), dwarf crested iris (iris cristata), dwarf iris (I. verna), little brown jugs (Hexastylis arifolia), bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla), silverbell (Halesia tetraptera), redbud (Cercis canadensis), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), hairy woodrush (Luzula acuminata), columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), and yellow lady slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens).  Also numerous upland sedges were in flower throughout the route.

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