Tanbark Tunnel to Bull Gap – August 18, 2017

Rattlesnake Lodge History (Reduce size and rotate page after loading)

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Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, David Heavner, Penny Longhurst, & Jim Poling

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Botanical Gardens at Asheville – August 11, 2017

Great walk at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville with garden manager, Jay Kraynik. An educational and entertaining morning! Thanks once again, Jay!

Information about the Moon Tree & link to CLASSIFICATION OF THE NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF NORTH CAROLINA by Michael P. Schafale and Alan S. Weakley, mentioned by Jay during our walk

Don’t forget the plant sale is September 9th from 9 am to 3 pm!

Photography by Penny Longhurst & Jim Poling

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Sky Valley Road – August 4, 2017

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, Alice Greko, Lucy Prim, Penny Longhurst, & Jim Poling

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Flat Laurel Creek – July 28, 2017

Lots of wildflowers (including a new one for many of us) and blueberries. Unfortunately it started raining before we got a chance to see everything the walk had to offer! Check out the Wildflower of the Week for more information on the Green Adder’ s Mouth orchid (Malaxis unifolia).

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, Penny Longhurst, & Jim Poling

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Bear Pen Gap – July 21, 2017

Photography by Jock Aplin, Ken Borgfeldt, Jim Poling, & Joe Standaert

 

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Buck Springs Nature Trail – July 14, 2017

Photography by Jock Aplin, Ken Borgfeldt, Alice Greko,  & Jim Poling

 

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What Is It?

June 26, 2017 – Small plant spotted on the Mountains to Sea trail near Greybeard Overlook in large masses. Plants are only 6 – 8 inches high, have a pair of opposite mid-stem leaves and then two pairs of opposite leaves at end of stem, so looking down, it looks like a whorl of four. This week the plants had a fuzzy, whitish, hard, splitting “fruit(?)” in the center. Earlier this month we did not see any obvious flowers. Most of the plants are now turning yellow and starting to look like they are on the way out. If you have any idea(s) what this might be, please send us an email at wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com or post a comment below.

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Pink Beds – June 16, 2017

Photography by Jock Aplin, Ken Borgfeldt, Alice Greko, & Jim Poling

 

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Frying Pan Gap Trail – June 9, 2017

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt & Alice Greko

 

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Graybeard Mountain Overlook to Glassmine Falls Overlook – June 2, 2017

Great hike. LOTS of pictures!

Photography by Jock Aplin, Ken Borgfeldt, Alice Greko, & Penny Longhurst

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