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2021 Modified Annual Conference

The 2021 Conference was held April 10-11 in Red Boiling Springs with headquarters at the Donoho Hotel. Because of continued concerns for COVID-19 there were no speakers and no meetings, including our Annual Meeting which will be held later this fall. The field trips on Saturday to Taylor Hollow (permission required) and Larkspur Cemetery, and on Sunday to Winding Stairs (a city park) were amazing! With attendence low because of COVID this incredible set of hikes will be repeated again in a few years.

 2020 Annual Meeting Review

The TNPS Annual Meeting usually occurs in conjunction with our annual conference, which was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 issues. Instead, we held our annual meeting online Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. CST. (That’s 7:30 p.m. EST.)

We started with a business meeting that included election of officers. Then at 7:00 CST (8:00 EST) our featured speaker, Dr. Joey Shaw, introduced the new online Tennessee-Kentucky Plant Atlas.  “The TN-KY Plant Atlas is a resource for anyone interested in the vascular plants of Tennessee and Kentucky.  It has been developed as a comprehensive database for plant data useful to plant enthusiasts, hobbyists, professionals, conservation workers, decision makers, and students and teachers of all levels.”

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)