Fly Traps & Other Wonders: Plant Conservation on the Coastal
is a botanist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
He studies the rare flowering plants of Georgia and conducts inventories
of native plants in natural areas through Georgia. He is responsible
for plant collecting permits, maintains data on the distribution
of plants of conservation concern, and assists with various research
projects on Georgia's native plants. He is particularly interested
in trilliums, orchids, and pitcher plant bogs. A native of upstate
New York, he received his M.S. in Botany from Cornell University,
continued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, and has
been a part of the Georgia Natural Heritage Program since 1986.
Mr. Patrick lives in Monticello,Georgia and became a Master Gardener
in 2000. He has a growing interest in landscaping with native plants,
and currently serves as an officer in the Georgia Botanical Society.
of the Wilderness
Cherokee descent, Sheila Willis received a B.S. degree in Biology
from Valdosta State College (now University) which she has supplemented
with additional class and field work in a variety of subjects. Over
the last 30 years she has primarily worked as a Naturalist, Park
Ranger, Biologist and Lecturer on Native American history and culture
for private, state, federal, and educational agencies, resorts,
and children's camps.
In recent years she has developed a nature-based and cultural tourism
business called "Native American-Naturalist Talks & Tours"
which she operates from Waycross.
of Native Plants
Jan is the owner
of Wildflower, a nursery selling native herbaceous perennials
and ferns. She is the author of Nursery Sources of Native Plants
of the Southeastern United States published in 1993 and Southeastern
Wildflowers published in 1999 (also available in 7 state versions).
She is past director of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference held
in Cullowhee, North Carolina each July. She lectures and writes
about the cultivation and propagation of native plants. Jan has
been gardening with native plants for more than thirty years, challenged
by soils and weather in Missouri, Michigan, Maryland and Alabama.
She holds a BSN from the University of Missouri and a MSN from the
University of Michigan.
David C. Varnadoe
David C. Varnadoe is a native of Colquitt, GA. Before joining the
staff at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in 1996
as the Landscape Manager, David operated Varnadoe Nurseries, Inc.
in Colquitt, GA. Native plants were a big part of the inventory
of the nurseries, especially native azaleas. The collection of native
and hybrid azaleas found on Ichauway's campus features the life
work of David's father, Aaron Varnadoe. David continues with his
father's work, propagating azaleas and overseeing the design and
care of Ichauway's native gardens which feature many Varnadoe propagules
and highlight hybrids of Rhododendron flammeum. top
you would like more information regarding the South Georgia Native Plant
& Wildflower Symposium
please phone (229) 386-7274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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