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Field Trip: Oak Ridge Cedar Barrens and Worthington Cemetery TVA Ecological Study Area

Description: This is a joint outing for Wild Ones, TNPS and TCWP. The Oak Ridge Barrens is a small property that supports at least three Tennessee rare plant species: prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides), naked-stem sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis), and Torrey’s mountain mint (Pycnanthemum torreyi). Torrey’s mountain mint is not only rare in Tennessee but considered globally […]

Field Trip: Roadside Botanizing in Northern Decatur County

Description:  We will explore the roadsides of northern Decatur County and the wildflowers along the way.  Liatris and goldenrods will be numerous, and we will be on the lookout for barbed rattlesnake-root (Nabalus barbatus), a rare plant in Tennessee. Meeting Place/Time:  Love’s Truckstop off Exit 126, I-40. 10:00 am Central Difficulty:  Easy to moderate Lunch:  […]

Seminar: Steve Murphree, Insect Pollinators

Steve Murphree is a Professor of Biology at Belmont University who specializes in Entomology and Ecology Research. He is a frequent contributor of articles about arthropods to the Tennessee Conservationist and has been interviewed about insects by local print, radio and television media. Since coming to Belmont, he has visited many classrooms in middle Tennessee […]

Seminar: Larry Pounds, Fall Wildflowers

Dr. Larry Pounds earned his doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Tennessee. Since then he has been fortunate enough to make a living mostly “hiking around” looking for rare plants. He has worked as a botanical consultant for several organizations, currently TVA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He serves on the boards of […]

Seminar: Margie Hunter, Beyond Aesthetics: Garden As If Life Depends On It

Wise gardening choices in residential and commercial landscapes help ensure the health and survival of local wildlife as well as ourselves.  Recent research and in-depth observations demonstrate the value of native plants as the backbone for urban and suburban green space to attract and support the diversity of life needed for a truly functional (and […]

Seminar: Dennis Bishop, Designing in Nature: Transforming Lawns to Native Plants

Speaker Dennis is a landscape designer and consultant in the Chattanooga, TN metro area. He specializes in native plants and is learning the art and science of letting nature happen on his own 2.5 acre parcel in Flintstone, GA. Going-Native Landscape was founded by Dennis Bishop in 2015 to assist clients in the Chattanooga region […]

Seminar: Allan Trently, Native Plant Highlights from West Tennessee – 2008 to Present

Speaker Allan Trently is the West Tennessee Stewardship Ecologist with the State Natural Areas Program of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He manages and promotes 17 state natural areas in west Tennessee. That entails creating and updating plant and animal inventories, controlling invasive exotic plants, conducting ecological management, constructing and repairing trails, repairing […]

Master Your Garden Expo

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will be hosting Master Your Garden Expo at the Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge on April 15 (10-6) and April 16 (10-4). TNPS will have an information table with books for sale and membership materials available.

Plant Natives 2023!

Chattanooga, TN UTC University Center, Chattanooga, TN

Plant Natives 2023! Speaker & Schedule Preview: March 17 Seminar: Nature Journaling with Janisse Ray March 18 Symposium: Thomas Ranier, keynote speaker Dr. Kristen Wickert Adam Bigelow Leslie Edwards

Seminar: Todd Crabtree, Rare Plants and Plant Communities of Southeast Tennessee

Speaker Tennessee State Botanist and member of Tennessee Natural Heritage Program Todd Crabtree will be speaking about some of our very rare plants and their plant communities. Todd is also a long-time member of TNPS, and a former VP and member of our board. He also serves as a field trip leader for TNPS and […]