Annual Conference

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2020 Conference

The 2020 conference will be located at Red Boiling Springs and headquartered at the Donoho Hotel. Registration is still $25 per person; payment is due by March 30th.

The Donoho Hotel has reserved a block of rooms for us. For reservations call 615-699-3141 and let them know that you are with TNPS. Cost per room: 1 full-sized bed = $99 + tax; 2 full-size beds, 1 queen-sized bed, or 1 king-sized bed = $109 + tax. Breakfast is included with your room and meals in their restaurant can be charged to your room. Lunch and supper are family style/all you can eat (2 meats, 3 vegetables, biscuits, beverages, and desert for $14). Box lunches are available.

Friday and Saturday talks and our annual meeting will be in the Donoho Conference Room. Speakers are being finalized.

Saturday hikes are being finalized, but will likely include Winding Stairs, Cummins Falls, and maybe Taylor Hollow.

2019 Conference Review

Left to Right: Allan Trentley, Suzy Askew, Karen Hill, Bettina Ault, Susan Sweetser, Bart Jones, Larry Pounds, Dennis Horn, Louise Gregory
Speakers: Rita Venable and Dr. Tom Blanchard
Our 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference was held at Ellington Hall in Reelfoot Lake State Park on July 12-14. We began with a social as folks trickled into the Hall but then broke for dinner (mostly across the street at the Boyette’s). When everyone returned to the hall we opened our annual business meeting with introductions of the officers and board of directors, followed by a short review of the past year. Then Rita Venable spoke about “Tennessee Pollinators”– the threats they face, the consequences if we lose them, and the difficulties in determining who pollinates what plant. This interactive session also touched on research needed and how citizen scientists might help.

Our Saturday field trips took us along the shoreline of Reelfoot Lake to see lots of flowering wetland plants and more. Trips were expertly lead by Bart Jones and Alan Trentley. In the evening we heard from Dr. Tom Blanchard of UT-Martin (Reelfoot Lake Research Station) on the uniqueness of this natural lake, some of the problems facing the lake, and how those problems might be addressed.

On Sunday most of us headed out on pontoon boats with park rangers to see Reelfoot Lake and its wetland plants from another perspective. We traveled through open water and some ditches to see: bald eagles, osprey, raccoons, frogs, turtles, butterflies, dragonflies and more. We also saw: sedges, grasses, buttonbush, bellflower, loosestrife, water hemlock, milkweed, yellow pond lily, and so many more wetland plants.
Most of our 2019 TNPS conference attendees.
One of our pontoon boats for touring Reelfoot Lake.

Tennessee Native Plants

2019 Conference Photo Highlights

Taxodium distichum, Bald Cypress

Hibiscus laevis, Halberd-leaf Rose Mallow

Pontederia cordata, Pickerelweed

Saururus cernuus, Lizard’s Tail

Nelumbo lutea, American Lotus

Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

Coreopsis tinctoria, Plains Tickseed

Equisetum hyemale, Rough Horsetail

(Photos by David and Karen Hill)