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« on: May 27, 2009, 06:35:08 PM »

Seattle Weather for AHC Volunteers!

Before I begin, I must tell you a plant factoid  I just learned…since I am worried you may have been lying awake at night wondering about this: The ink use to write the Declaration of Independence was made from fermented berries of poke weed (Phytolacca americana), of which we have several growing in the Quarry Garden!

With all the rain this spring, I feel like we are living in Seattle. Everything is so lush and effusive…including the weeds! The Sarracenia (pitcher plants) are blooming wonderfully, as are the Agarista populifolia (Florida leucothoe) and Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink), and many others.

I’ve obtained some wonderful new species that need to be planted, among them: Camassia scilloides (wild hyacinth), Allium tricoccum (ramps), Saxafraga virginiensis (early saxifrage), and Diphylleia cymosa, (umbrella leaf).

Please see my “Plants Wish List” after my signature block.

Upcoming volunteer sessions in June…all from 9 a.m. until noon 

AND Tomorrow!

Tomorrow (Thursday, May 28) – Quarry Garden
Tuesday, June 2 – Tullie Smith Farm
Thursday, June 11 – Quarry Garden
Tuesday, June 16 – Tullie Smith Farm
Saturday, June 20 – Quarry Garden

We will not be holding our regular fourth Thursday of the month session (June 25) since I’ll be away.

If you have an interest in joining our wonderfully dedicated group of volunteers that come on a regular basis, which normally takes place the first and third Tuesday of each month, the second and fourth Thursday of each month…and for those that work on weekdays, the third Saturday of each month.


If you are unable to commit to a regular schedule, c’mon out and help on any of the days listed…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!


As before, please let me know if you plan on coming - as soon as possible, since the list tends to fill quickly. We frequently end up having some folks on a waiting list.

Why not become a member the Atlanta History Center to take advantage of all of the 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   and click on “Membership,”  or contact the fabulous Sarah Wilder - our Membership Director at or 404.814.4100.

Please forward this note with anyone you think may be interested, or send me their e-mail address and I’ll add them to my list. If you prefer not to receive these notices, please let me know and I’ll remove your name.

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
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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
Comptonia peregrina
Drosera spp.
Filipendula rubra
Lindera melissifolia
Lysimachia fraseri
Pedicularis spp.
Pinguicula spp.
Rhexia spp.
Salvia azurea
Sedum nevii
Silene polypetala
Tephrosia virginiana
Veratrum viride or other species
Viburnum lantanoides
Viburnum rufidulum
Zigadenus glaucus  (syn. Anticlea glauca)
   C. catesbyana
   C. crispa
   C. fremontii
   C. glaucophylla
   C. ochroleucha
   C. reticulata
   C. socialis
   C. viorna
   C. caerulea
   C. lutea
   C. primuliflora
   C. pumila


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