Ashmore Heritage Preserve – September 24, 2021

Great company, interesting plants, & beautiful weather. What more could we ask for?

Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Photography by Richard Holzman, Penny Longhurst, & Joe Standaert (Click on any picture to zoom).

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Sam Knob Meadow Scout – September 15, 2021

Too bad we couldn’t get to walk with the club, but fortunately we took lots of pictures on the scout. Photography by Penny Longhurst & Lucy Prim. 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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Purchase Knob – September 10, 2021

From the NPS website: The Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center is based on 535 acres in Haywood County, North Carolina, contiguous with the rest of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The parcel includes the 5,086 foot elevation Purchase Knob, a historic cabin, and two buildings which contain offices, laboratory space, a 50-person classroom, and housing for up to eight visiting scientists.

The buildings and land were donated in 2000 by Kathryn McNeil and Voit Gilmore, who had owned the property since 1964, and had built a summer home upon it. This represents the largest donation of land since GSMNP came into existence. Since then, the park has averaged about 5,000 visiting scientists, students and teachers each year. Everyday, the staff and program participants thank the family for their generous gift.

In 2001, Purchase Knob became the home of one of five initial Learning Centers created by Congress to support research in the National Parks and to transmit the information generated to the public. Eventually, 32 learning centers are expected nationwide. To learn more about Purchase Knobs visit the NPS website.

Photography by Daudie Colson, Vince Mercurio, & Angela Wagner. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.

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Parkway South – August 27, 2021

Stops were Wagon Gap Overlook, Wolf Mountain Overlook, & lunch at Courthouse Valley Overlook. Photography by Penny Longhurst & Jim Poling. Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Click on any picture to zoom.

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Bonnie’s Garden – July 14, 2021

We couldn’t make it to the Parkway for our scheduled walk, but here is the next best thing. A peek at summer plants in our co-leader’s fabulous garden! Plants that are non-native to North America are indicated by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name. Photography by  Penny Longhurst. Click on any picture to zoom.

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