Annual Conference

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2022 Conference

Our 2022 Annual Conference will be held May 13-15, 2022 in Chattanooga. The Clarion Hotel in Lookout Valley (3641 Cummings Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37419) will serve as our headquarters and meeting location.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the discounted room rate of $69.00/night (2 double beds or one king bed). Reservations can be made by calling the Clarion Hotel directly at 423-635-7203 (choose the option for the front desk and mention the Tennessee Native Plant Society). This special rate expires two weeks before the event and returns to $129/room.  Breakfast is included and box/picnic lunches will be available for purchase for Saturday. There are many restaurants in the area for dinner.

On Friday evening Dr. Joey Shaw will provide a hands-on tutorial for iNaturalist. On Saturday we will hike to Sittons Gulch just over the state line in Georga’s Cloudland Canyon State Park. (Note: There is a $5 parking fee per car.)  In the evening Ann Brown from Bee City will give a presentation. On Sunday we will hike Little Cedar Mountain. We may need to run a car shuttle to the park nearby because of limited parking.

Registration for this conference is $25. Please register and make payment by April 28th. You may register and make payment online or via mail.

2021 Conference Review

The Donoho Hotel

Family-style dinner at the Donoho

Evening conversations on the veranda

Our TNPS annual conference was held April 10-11, but with modifications. The historic Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs served as headquarters even though we had no speakers or annual meeting. Meals were served family style in the hotel restaurant where many of us ate. Evenings we pulled up the rocking chairs and sat together outside on the veranda talking about native plants and our adventures. It was plant nerd euphoria after a year of isolation.

On Saturday we hiked Taylor Hollow State Natural Area in a light drizzle that eventually ended, but in no way dampened our excitement at seeing the beautiful smorgasbord of native plants in bloom. We quickly strung out along the trail looking, photographing, and identifying all the beauties. Bettina Ault carefully listed the identifications of all that we saw. That plant list is available HERE. While Taylor Hollow is a fabulous location to view native plants, it is also protected and not open to the public. We were fortunate to be granted permission to explore this treasure along the trail and under the watchful eyes of our “guides”. After lunch on the porch of the cabin at Larkspur Conservancy, an area of natural traditional burial, we saw more spring beauties.

We hiked Winding Stairs on Sunday and saw how fabulous a city park can be. Trails and boardwalks with railings where needed allowed for self-paced exploration of a deep ravine with a winding cascading stream and a hilltop exploding with blooming native plants. Again, Bettina Ault carefully recorded the plant identifications. That plant list is also available HERE. Sometime in the future we hope to once again hold our annual conference here, so we can share this wealth of native plants with more of our members.

Tennessee Native Plants

2021 Conference Photo Highlights

Arisaema triphyllum, Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Collinsia verna, Blue-Eyed Mary

Delphinium tricorne, Dwarf Larkspur

Delphinium tricorne, Dwarf Larkspur (lavender)

Iris cristata, Dwarf Crested Iris

Phacelia bipinnatifida, Purple Phacelia

Phacelia purshii, Miami Mist

Primula meadia, Shooting Star

Thalictrum thalictroides, Rue Anemone

Trillium cuneatum, Little Sweet Betsy

Trillium flexipes, Bent Trillium

Trillium grandiflorum, Large-flower White Trillium

Photos by David Hill