Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tim Spira introduces his new book, Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians

Tim Spira's was held at the library in Franklin.  He presented an overview of his new book, Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians.  This book provides a detailed guide to 30 waterfall hikes with good to excellent seasonal wildflower viewing along with the profiles of 125 plants.  It's a book you will want in your backpack as you explore the numerous waterfalls in this area.


 David Fann's photos show this program at the library

Wayah Bald Plants with Larry Mellichamp - June 20, 2015

Jean reports:
It was an honor to have Larry Mellichamp come from Charlotte to give us a new appreciation of our “backyard” - Wayah Bald and surrounding trails.  He helped us see the diversity of fauna in this beautiful area with new eyes.  The native azaleas were the focus of the trip:  Rhododendron calendulaceum with its range of color from pale orange to dark red and R. arborescens with its white flowers and sweet fragrance, but as our photos show there was much else to see - and learn.  And finding Ginseng at the end of the was “icing on the cake.”’
Thanks to Larry for a wonderful day in our mountains.

Photos by Karen Lawrence:

Beard Tongue


Jean's photos 
Bowman's Root, Gillenia trifoliata

Goatsbeard, male. Aruncus dioicus

Columbine, Aquilegia

Carrion Flower, Smilax herbaceous

Sweet Azalea. Rhododendron arborescens

Wayah Tapestry

Flame Azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum

Goatsbeard (female). Aruncus dioicus

Ginseng, Panax quinquefolios

Doll's Eyes, Actaea pachypoda

Dogbane. Apocynum cannabinum

from Kathy Stilwell

Putica grandiflora

Viburnum cassanoides

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Charles H. Wharton Center with Eddi Minche, photos by Karen, David, and Jean

It was a perfect day for our trip to Wharton Conservation Center in Tate City, GA.
Our hostess, Eddi Minch welcomed us and introduced Jerry McCollum, CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation which manages the property.  Charles Wharton, noted conservationist, left the 129-acre property to GWF upon his death.  Plans are to develop the center into a education and research center honoring the memory of Dr. Wharton.
Eddi then led us on a beautiful walk to a magnificent 94’ waterfall - with many wildflowers along the way.  We also saw the swinging bridge that Charlie used and the house he built when he retired from teaching.
We then walked to his original cabin, had lunch on the deck and were entertained with “Charlie” stories by Jerry McCollum.
After lunch Eddie led us to another beautiful waterfall - and more wildflowers.
You can learn more about the Wharton Center at
Jean Hunnicutt
                                         Karen's photos:
Beech Creek
Lunch on the porch
The cabin on Beech Creek
Dan, Jerry McCullom, and Don
Trailhead at end of road

David's photos:

Jean's photo:
Eddi Minch