Plant Walk at Ghost River State Natural Area w/TN Native Plant Society

  • March 30, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Plant Walk at Ghost River State Natural Area with Allan Trently (West TN Stewardship Ecologist) and Bart Jones of the Tennessee Native Plant Society - Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. CT. 

Meeting Location: Meet at the intersection of Hwy 57 and Yager Rd. at caution light in LaGrange

Directions: From Memphis, follow Poplar Ave. (Hwy 57) through Collierville, Rossville, and Moscow to LaGrange. From Jackson, TN and points east take Hwy 18 south through Bolivar and Hickory Valley, turn right onto Hwy 57 and go west two miles to LaGrange.

CARPOOL will depart Herb Parsons Lake parking lot at 9:15

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: RSVP before 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 28th to Mr. Trently at[masked] or at [masked]

Description: This early spring trip will visit a rather large population of Southern Twayblade (Listera australis), known from only two counties in Tennessee. This small orchid is the earliest blooming native orchid in Tennessee. We will also visit the sandhill community where sand post oak (Quercus margaretta) occurs and look for other early spring plants. This trip will also be part of the Tennessee Native Plant Society schedule of outings. The walk is considered easy to moderate. Boots are recommended due to possible muddy locations. Please bring lunch. There is no set time to how long the event will last. Participants are free to leave anytime during the day. For more information on Ghost River State Natural Area, including descriptions, directions, and maps, visit the Resource Management Division web site at: http://www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/ghostriver/. A map of Ghost River can be found at that web site at the link: http://www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/ghostriver/ghostriver.pdf.

HOWARD     SILVER PONTIAC VIBE    [masked]

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  • howard

    we had a great turnout and as i expected a lot of the group was disappointed in the twayblade orchid... lol Although we found quite a few more patches that had been recorded - ah, the value of so many eyes. Allan had previously only found a few plants, but it seemed they were everywhere. It was sprinkling rain most of the time, but we identified a variety of plants. We did some trail cleanup and picked up trash.

    April 8, 2013

  • Natasha M.

    We were in LaGrange around 10, but overshot the meet up location by looking for Yaeger Rd (the sign said LaGrange Rd). We turned around in Grand Junction and tried to call. We even drove all the way down Yaeger/LaGrange Rd and never saw any cars.

    March 30, 2013

    • howard

      sorry we missed you - i had called you with more specific instructions when we got there (left msg) and my phone died - i had been using the gps. We (about 24 of us from across the state) got pretty wet in the rain and hunted down the twayblade orchid that is only found in a couple places in TN (see pics). I was NOT impressed. Orchid congers up grand images for me - now I know it is a huge flower family with many not-so showy flowers... hope to see ya'll on the trail soon

      March 30, 2013

  • Susan

    Seeing and hearing about southern twayblade and crippled cranebill orchids was a special experience. Having the opportunity to hike with experts from TN Native Plant society was an unexpected benefit of Meetup participation.

    March 30, 2013

  • David

    Great location...will definitely go back on my own, or with the next group hike. Thanks for all of the interesting plant information...learned some cool stuff!

    March 30, 2013

  • Carol S.

    so sorry Howard I DID NOT Reserve with Mr. Trently and plans for the rest of today are changing… I'll Not ATTEND today's walk;

    March 30, 2013

  • Megan Dale S.

    I plan to attend. What time do we meet at LaGrange?

    March 26, 2013

  • howard

    i have a 2pm lunch appt - so i will be leaving by 12:30

    March 29, 2013

  • howard

    if you are carpooling and driving - make sure you have plenty of gas - we will not be stopping on the way... there is a boardwalk and trail, but we plan to get off it in search of plants - so plan on getting muddy - you might want to bring a change of shoes

    March 29, 2013

  • howard

    NOTE: IF YOU HAVE NOT RSVP'D TO ALLEN - YOU ARE NOT SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENT AND IT IS FULL!

    March 28, 2013

  • howard

    we will be departing Herb Parsons at 9:15 sharp - we are meeting up with several groups and they will not wait on stragglers...

    March 28, 2013

  • David

    In Lagrange, will we be walking from the intersection where we are meeting, or driving to a different location once we are there?
    Also, is there ample parking?

    March 28, 2013

    • howard

      we will be driving to the trail head - there is parking available

      March 28, 2013

  • howard

    please note that you must RSVP to Mr Trently and that carpool is departing Herb Parsons (not the Arlington Visitors Ctr) at 9:15 - or you can meet us in LaGrange...

    March 26, 2013

  • Carol S.

    I will attend!

    March 25, 2013

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