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March 2019

Native Plant Symposium

March 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Plant Natives

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is pleased to announce their eighth annual symposium, Plant Natives 2019! “Partnering with Nature” on Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, University Center. This year’s Saturday Symposium features Larry Weaner, landscape designer and author of Garden Revolution. Weaner advocates shedding conventional gardening’s counter-productive practices – tilling, weeding, irrigating and fertilizing – which cause perpetual disturbances that create an irresistible invitation to invasive species. It’s…

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Early Spring Flowers in the Cedar Glades and Fire Ecology

March 23
Couchville Cedar Glade, Tyler Sykes Trail
Hermitage, TN 37076 United States
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Phlox bifida

The limestone glades of middle Tennessee are home to many interesting plants. Some of these emerge very early. We will see Nashville glade cress and other early flowers as well as seasonal streams associated with karst features. The trip will last a few hours and cover less than 2 miles, mostly on trails that are not steep or of great difficulty. Water and snacks are recommended. Difficulty: Easy but the trails could be muddy. Leader: Todd Crabtree 615-532-1378 todd.crabtree@tn.gov Meeting…

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April 2019

Shakerag Hollow

April 6
Sewanee, Shakerag Hollow, 6462+2Q
Sewanee, TN 37383 United States
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Viola blanda

This is a joint hike with the new Middle Tennessee Wild Ones and TNPS. Shakerag Hollow ranks as one of the top locations for early spring ephemerals in Middle TN. It contains a beautiful mature forest located within the Domain of the University of the South. Numerous scenic features include tall rock faces, caves, waterfalls, and mountain streams. The trail has a continuous display of wildflowers. Among the many plants, we should see include Trillium grandiflorum and T. sulcatum, trout…

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Short Springs Wildflower Hike

April 7
Short Springs State Natural Area, CR4G+X4
Tullahoma, TN 37388 United States
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Sanguinaria canadensis

Short Springs State Natural Area is well known for its spring display of wildflowers. Numerous spring ephemerals are at home on the slopes above BoBo Creek and these will be the focus for the hike. There are also scenic waterfalls in the natural area. Bring water and snacks and footwear with good ankle support. We'll be back at the trailhead in the middle of the day. Difficulty: The maintained trails have a few steep sections but experienced hikers will not…

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Trails and Trilliums

April 12 - April 14
Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, 1 Assembly Ave
Monteagle, TN 37356 United States
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Trillium pusillum

A 3-day festival with guided hikes on trails in South Cumberland State Park. Directions and Details: www.trailsandtrilliums.org Meeting Place: Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, 1 Assembly Ave, Monteagle, TN 37356 Monteagle Sunday School Assembly near I-24 and Sewanee

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Frozen Head Wildflower Walk

April 13
Frozen Head State Park, 964 Flat Fork Rd
Wartburg, TN 37887 United States
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Leavenworthia stylosa

This is a joint outing for the 53rd Frozen Head Wildflower Pilgrimage with TNPS and TCWP. We will have an excellent opportunity to see spring wildflowers. The first mile is ideal for those with rather limited hiking capabilities; the trail is wide and flat. It is a loop with a quick return to the parking area (Interpretive Trial). For those continuing the next 2 miles are steeper and rougher but still moderate (Judge Branch and S. Old Mac Trails). Difficulty:…

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