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Amicalola Falls
Special Projects

The Garden Club of Georgia President, Martha Price, is promoting some very special projects: Water Conservation and use of Native Plants. To kick off her efforts in this area, GCG sponsored a State President's Workshop and Tri-Refresher in November 2015 in the southern part of the state at Lake Blackshear. Then to continue this focus, another President's Workshop was held at Amicalola Falls in the northern part of the state in June 2016.

"ACTION Comes Alive!"
-Conserving our World
June 28-29, 2016
Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge

"ACTION In The Environment"
November 12-13, 2015
Georgia Veterans State Park
Lake Blackshear - Cordele, Georgia

There were outstanding groups of speakers at both workshops giving presentations on a variety of topics concerned with conservation, pollinators, endangered species, and much more. Hands on activities were amazing. We had fantastic attendance at both events.

District Directors dressed in costumes of birds, butterflies and frogs to present a skit. The park ranger brought a large group of birds (owls, hawks) and gave a presentation on "Beneficial Birds." There was a separate Youth Program on Wildflowers, Creek life, and Salamanders. Everyone had the opportunity to build a bird house.

Water Conservation
Chairman Mary Lovings will keep us abreast of all the Water issues within our state: Conservation as well as Legislative matters. See the Position Paper on Water: GCG Commits to the Protection of Water as a Public Resource

Native Plants

Chairman Barbara Bourque is promoting the use of Native Plants in your home landscaping. Using native plants in your garden can be a big help with regard to water usage. Although not every native plant is drought-tolerant or carefree, one big advantage is that they are more adapted to our heat and humidity.

The University of Georgia - always a great resource - has published four great compilations of native trees & shrubs, ferns, wildflowers, and grasses you should consider for your landscape.

Native Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines

Native Wildflowers

Native Ferns

Native Grasses and Sedges

Check out this fantastic photo guide, featuring flowering native plants organized by bloom time.

Native Plants of North Georgia

What a wonderful planner. Here are two sample photos:

Plant Bloom Time: APRIL-MAY

TRILLIUM, VASEY'S. Trillium vaseyi
General Characteristics: Perennial, 12-24 inches tall.
Leaves: Whorl of three, solid green, 4-8 inches long.
Flower: Solitary, maroon, 2-5 inches across, stalked and nodding, three petals somewhat to strongly recurved. (Photographed with flower erect.)
Found: Rich woods from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee to southwest Georgia and eastern Alabama.

Plant Bloom Time: JUNE

WOODLAND PHLOX. Phlox carolina
General Characteristics: Perennial, growing up to 20 inches.
Leaves: Widely spaced pairs, 1-2 inches wide, lance-like, sharp-tipped.
Flower: Pale blue to red-purple, tubular with five lobes, stamens extend beyond the flower.
Found: Rich, moist woods from Vermont to Florida.

Georgia Native Plant Society
GNPS is a member of GCG and a fantastic resource for information and a source of plants. If you live in the Atlanta area, please consider becoming a member of the society. Click here for further info.

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