Sunday, November 2, 1-3 p.m.
What better time to learn about native plants than autumn, when many of them are flaunting their finest attributes? Join us for this introduction to the native flora at Stone Mountain and learn why it is so important. Some of the plants we may examine are: Xanthorhiza simplissima (yellow root), Lindera benzoin (spice bush), Fothergilla gardenii (fothergilla), Hamamelis virginica (witch hazel) as well as numerous other plants that put on their best show of color and fruit in fall, such as Aster spp. & cvs. (asters), grasses, Solidago spp. & cvs. (goldenrods), Callicarpa americana (beauty bush), Viburnum spp. (viburnums), Hydrangea spp. & cvs. (hydrangeas) etc. Learn the dynamics of fall color and how to not only extend the season, and perform season-appropriate pruning, but also how to “put the garden to bed” for winter.
Instructor: John Manion, Historic Gardens Curator, Atlanta History Center
Location: Stone Mountain Park Nature Garden. For this program, you may enter the Park for free by telling the gates you are with the “Native Plants at Stone Mountain Program” at the Nature Garden.
Directions: Entering from the main gate off of Highway 78: Stay in the far right lane, drive 1 mile from the gate, veer to the right and down the hill, through an intersection, then up the hill. Get into the left lane and travel for 1 mile to a stop sign. Go straight, pass Confederate Hall on your left and the road soon becomes 1 lane, 1 way. From here, travel ˝ mile to the Nature Garden Parking Lot on your right. Go slowly because if you miss the parking lot, you will have to drive all the way around the mountain to get back to this spot.