Tanbark Tunnel to Bull Gap – June 17, 2022

History of Rattlesnake Lodge 

Due to the weather we had to switch our field trip to Tanbark, but since we saw plants we are generally unfamiliar with, it was well worth it! Photography by Penny Longhurst & Randy Richardson. (Click on any picture to zoom & enter the slide show). Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.

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Frying Pan Gap – June 13, 2022

This was our third monthly walk on the Frying Pan Gap Trail. We hiked from the gate to the campground and then a short distance South along the Parkway before returning to the Pisgah Inn.  Photography by Penny Longhurst & Jim Poling.  Click on any picture to zoom. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicted by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.

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Buck Spring Nature Trail – June 10, 2022

We walked a loop, starting at the Pisgah Inn, taking the Nature trail to the site of the Buck Spring Lodge, and returning on the trail that parallels the West side of the Parkway. WCBC created the self-guiding interpretive botanical trail between the North end of the Pisgah Inn parking lot and the historic site of George Vanderbilt’s Buck Spring Lodge. Information about the plants found by the posts on the Nature Trail can be found online here or by downloading the brochure. Photography by Cindy Carpenter, John Colson, Penny Longhurst, Jim Poling & Randy Richardson. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Click on any picture to zoom and view the slide show.

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Kellogg Center – June 3, 2022

The Kellogg Center was originally the summer residence of Kathryn A. Kellogg, who bequeathed the property to Wake Forest University in 1969. In 1987 it became the property of UNC Asheville, which used it as an educational and community conference center. The property includes two buildings and 46 acres of land. The Perry N. Rudnick Nature and Public Art Trail, which opened in May 2002, includes three distinct ecosystems – the trillium and fern wetland, a hardwood forest with rhododendron and mountain laurel, and the wildflower meadows. Perry Rudnick was a local philanthropist whose foundation supported arts and culture, conservation, education, health and human services, and youth activities. A grant from his foundation supported the 14 commissioned outdoor sculptures found along the trails and described in the following brochure: Map of Rudnick Art Trail at Kellogg Center. Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, Jennie Bradbury, Penny Longhurst, Randy Richardson, & Joe Standaert. Jennie’s picture of the Trillium rugelii was taken in April and confirmed our identifications. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Click on any picture to zoom and view the slide show.

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Ashmore Heritage Preserve Scout – May 23, 2022

Our walk was rained out but fortunately Richard took pictures on the scout. Photography by Richard Holzman (Click on any picture to zoom).

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