Would you like to learn more about native plants AND make new friends while you are learning? The Preservation Committee of the Community Council will kick off the 2019 season with its Volunteer Orientation on April 1, at 10 A.M., in the auditorium of the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center. The orientation will be a great time to meet like-minded folks, learn more about the native plants of this area and maybe even enjoy a snack. The Orientation will provide an introduction to the Preservation Committee and its projects.
The Preservation Committee volunteers meet during spring, summer and fall to maintain the native plant gardens at the GMRE Center. In the Ethnobotanic Gardens and Woodland Medicine Trail, we prune, pull a lot of weeds, mulch the garden beds, and do general trail maintenance. During the summer, some of us will guide tours of the gardens on Monday mornings.
We are very informal: some work for an hour or two, some of us work longer. We share the work and learn a lot about plants, birds and anything else that lives in our gardens and the southern Appalachians. Enthusiasm for plants is more important than extensive horticultural knowledge. Gardening in earnest begins on Monday, April 15 at 9 a.m., and will continue on the first and third Mondays of the month. So even if you can’t make it to the Volunteer Orientation, please feel free to come to the gardens whether you plan to work or just visit. It is a great place to learn more about our native plants.