Our 2023 conference is in the planning stage. We will be meeting at Lebanon State Park May 5-7 for a cedar glades adventure, so hold the date!
Our 2022 Annual Conference was held May 13-15, 2022 in Chattanooga. The Clarion Hotel in Lookout Valley (3641 Cummings Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37419) served as our headquarters and meeting location.
On Friday evening Dr. Joey Shaw’s grad student provided a hands-on tutorial for iNaturalist. On Saturday we hiked to Sittons Gulch just over the state line in Georga’s Cloudland Canyon State Park. In the evening Ann Brown from Bee City gave a presentation. On Sunday we hiked Little Cedar Mountain.
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
Photos by David Hill