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 91 
 on: August 20, 2009, 06:49:46 PM 
Started by Susan - Last post by Richard
Ok, no need to answer questions in the previous post. It has been identified!!! Teresa and I were looking at the picture trying to figure what genus it was in and we decided it looked like a Lysimachia (loosestrife), so she Googled Lysimachia and found the plant in about 2 seconds. It is not native to the United States, in fact, it is from China and Japan. Here is some information that I copied from the Missouri Botanical Garden's website.

Scientific Name:  Lysimachia clethroides

Common Name: gooseneck loosestrife
Zone: 3 to 8
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Primulaceae
Missouri Native: No
Native Range: China, Japan
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Bloom Time: July - September
Bloom Color: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium

If you have any other mysteries, please share, we'd be glad to work on them.

Richard

 92 
 on: August 20, 2009, 06:28:38 PM 
Started by Susan - Last post by Richard
Can you tell me, in your humble opinion as a botanist, do you think this is a native plant or could it be a non-native cultived plant? What part of the county is it growing in? Is it growing out in the middle of the woods somewhere or close to houses and cultivated land? One more question, do you think it's a herb or a shrub? At first glance I don't recall seeing anything like it myself, but perhaps we can figure it out from your responses.

Richard

 93 
 on: August 20, 2009, 09:23:09 AM 
Started by Susan - Last post by Susan
Hi Again,
I don't know how I got registered as a botanist, I had to laugh. I love native plants but am definitely not a botanist.
Susan

 94 
 on: August 20, 2009, 09:19:35 AM 
Started by Susan - Last post by Susan
Here is a link to an unknown flower from Rabun County. I had no luck trying to identify the plant. Any help would be appreciated. Merrill indicated that it might be easier to just post a link to the flower on Flickr, so here it is.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68137880@N00/3756820190/
Thanks for any and all help.
Susan

 95 
 on: August 11, 2009, 07:34:34 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Saturday, August 29, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.     

Advance Registration Required - See Phone Number Below

Description:  Bring your own canoe or kayak and join us for a very leisurely float on the Chattahoochee River. We will float a three mile section of the Chattahoochee River from Powers Island to Paces Mill at US Highway 41.  There are three mild class 1.5 rapids suitable for beginners along this part of the river.  The Palisades have narrow floodplains and steep ridges rising to over 1,000 feet. The area offers a great diversity of habitats and includes oak-hickory forest, steep north facing slopes, mesic ravine forest, and floodplain forest. Created by the geologic action of the Brevard Fault, the river, and the effects of weather; this rugged and beautiful section of the river is habitat to an extraordinary array of wildlife and late summer wildflowers.  This will be a great trip for butterflies as well. We will make stops at the Chinese bamboo grove, Sandy Point and then at Devil’s Stair Step Beach (Diving Rock) for lunch and a short loop walk. 

Location: We will meet at Powers Island, 5862 Interstate North Pkwy., Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328 at 10:00 a.m. and quickly unload all of our equipment.  We will then take the majority of the vehicles to Paces Mill and shuttle the drivers back to Powers Island.

Bring: Pack a lunch and we will picnic along the river.  Sunscreen, a hat, rain jacket, and water should be brought along.  Your camera, binoculars, and maybe a hand lens are all recommended.  Bring a day pack or other bag to secure items inside your boat. $3.00 daily parking pass or annual parking pass needed.

Directions: www.nps.gov/chat or 678-538-1200.   
                                                                                                                                         
Facilities:  Restrooms are located at Powers Island, our lunch stop, and Paces Mill.

Contact:  Jerry Hightower; 770-678-0338, cell; 678-538-1245, office; or jerry_hightower@nps.gov

Reservations are required by calling 678-538-1200.  Canoes and kayaks can be rented from a number of venders.  You can obtain rental vender contact information from the number above or www.nps.gov/chat.  Fees: There is a $3 parking fee if you do not have an annual pass.   

Our river trips are not so much focused on traveling from one place to another as they are on experiencing and discovering the river and the special places along the way.  Our progress therefore, is measured not in time and distance, but in delight and insight.


 96 
 on: July 28, 2009, 07:14:33 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
I need lots of help! I just returned from the Cullowhee Native Plants Conference and brought back several wonderful and less-than-common species. I need help getting all these plants in the ground; if you can’t come on one of our regularly scheduled volunteer days, just let me know when you are available.
Volunteer sessions in August (and this Thursday):

All weekday sessions from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

All weekend sessions from 9:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. 

Thursday, July 30 – Quarry Garden

Tuesday, August 4 - Tullie Smith Farm

Thursday, August 13 – Quarry Garden

Saturday, August 15 – Quarry Garden and Tullie Smith Farm

Thursday, August 27 – Quarry Garden

If you have an interest in joining our wonderfully dedicated group of volunteers that come on a regular basis, which normally take place each month on the first Tuesday, first Thursday and the third Saturday.

Helping in the Atlanta History Center Gardens is an excellent way to learn about horticulture, spend time in a beautiful setting, work alongside interesting people… and volunteers are often able to take plants home!

Since we plan our activities based on the number of people signed up for each session, we ask that you let us know if you will be joining us. Likewise, if you have signed up and are then unable to attend…please let us know as soon in advance as possible.

We’d love to have you become a member the Atlanta History Center to take advantage of all of the many benefits of membership, but especially so you can be the first to learn of (and take advantage of the discounts on) the many up-coming events. If you’d like to join, please visit http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/   and click on “Membership,” or contact Sarah Wilder - our Membership Director at swilder@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com or 404.814.4100.

I hope to see many of you soon!

John T. Manion
Historic Gardens Curator
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
p | 404.814.4073
e | jmanion@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

Find out what's happening at the Atlanta History Center!
Visit www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

 

 97 
 on: July 02, 2009, 08:46:58 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Note: All weekday sessions from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and all weekend sessions from 9:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 7 - Tullie Smith Farm
Thursday, July 9 – Quarry Garden
Saturday, July 18 – Quarry Garden and Tullie Smith Farm
Thursday, July 30 – Quarry Garden

Our regular 4th Thursday session (July 23) has been moved to the 5th Thursday (July 30) since I’ll be at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.
If you would like to join our wonderfully dedicated group of regular volunteers, which normally takes place the first Tuesday and Thursday of each month, the third Saturday of each month and the fourth Thursday of each month or would like to help when possible, just let me know when you can attend.
Helping in the Atlanta History Center Gardens is an excellent way to learn about horticulture, spend time in a beautiful setting, work alongside interesting people and volunteers are often able to take plants home!
Since we plan or activities on the number of people signed up for each session, please let us know if you will join us. Likewise, if you have signed up and are then unable to attend, please let us know as soon in advance as possible.

I hope to see many of you soon! And please see my plants wish list below the signature line.

John T. Manion
Historic Gardens Curator
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
p | 404.814.4073
e | jmanion@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

Find out what's happening at the Atlanta History Center!
Visit www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

Plants Wish List
Please let me know if you know where I can get any of the species native to Georgia of the following plants:
Baptisia aracnifera (Hairy Rattleweed, Hairy Wild Indigo)
Comptonia peregrine (Sweet-fern)
Drosera spp. (Sundews) - not Drosera filiformis (Threadleaf Sundew)
Lindera melissifolia (Southern Spicebush, Pondberry)
Lysimachia fraseri (Fraser’s Loostrife)
Pinguicula spp. (Butterwort)
Rhexia spp. (Meadow Beauty)
Sabatia capitata (Cumberland Rose-gentian)
Silene catesbaei (syn. S. polypetala) (Eastern Fringed Catchfly, Fringed Campion)
Tephrosia virginiana (Persoon, Virginia Goat’s-rue)
Veratrum viride or other species (Bunchflower, False-hellebore)
Viburnum lantanoides (Hobblebush, Witch’s Hobble, Tangle-legs)
Viburnum rufidulum (Southern Blackhaw)

 98 
 on: June 20, 2009, 06:00:36 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area

Friday July 10, 2009

8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Description: Join a Park Ranger Jerry Hightower for this fantastic summer
evening. Roast marshmallows around the campfire. Discover nature after the
sun sets on a leisurely guided night time walk searching the shores of
Sibley Pond for frogs and whatever other nocturnal creatures might be out
and about. Enjoy the sunset, the fireflies, and the cricket chorus as you
experience your National Park at night.

The evening's activities are very casual and informal.

Location: 3760 Paper Mill Road; Marietta, Georgia 30068. From the bulletin
board at the parking area follow the trail to the pond. We will meet at the
campfire.

Bring: Please remember to wear comfortable outdoor clothes. A flashlight
will help you see any evening critters. Bug goop and a light jacket is
advisable. You are welcome to come early and bring a picnic.

Facilities: None

Difficulty: A very leisurely stroll to and around the pond.

Contact: Jerry Hightower, 770-206-0338, cell; 678-538-1245, office; or
jerry_hightower@nps.gov

Reservations are required. Reservations and directions: 678-538-1200

 99 
 on: June 06, 2009, 09:18:21 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Snakes of the Chattahoochee

June 10, 2009:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Summer Sunset Speaker Series

Park Ranger Jerry Hightower, the award winning, nationally recognized naturalist, will send chills up your spine as he talks about the Snakes of the Chattahoochee. Join Jerry at the Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center, 8615 Barnwell Rd. Alpharetta, Georgia.

Learn about these extraordinary and beautiful creatures as Jerry shares personal experiences and a wealth of information gained from nearly a half century of investigating the fields, forests, streams, and swamps of our Chattahoochee River Corridor. Fascinating facts and fables about the snakes you find in the Park and your own backyard; as well as the live snakes, make this a very special program for the entire family. Live snakes courtesy of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The program is free but registration is required. To register or for more information please call 678-538-1200.

 100 
 on: June 02, 2009, 09:28:59 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Merrill
Here are links to Rich's photos of the plants he mentioned:



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