The Liriodendron tulipifera flower is fascinating! Botanists tell us that the trees usually do not produce flowers as juveniles, sometimes waiting until their teens. Often the flowers are held in the uppermost branches, and not even noticed by casual observers. Perhaps it is the vibrant orange, which appears painted onto the petals, that makes it so striking. A quick look at a few “meaning of color” or “psychology of color” web sites reveals that orange is the color of adventure and social communication; optimistic and uplifting; stimulates enthusiasm and, yes indeed, fascination!

What a perfect symbol for the 15th South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium!

Mark your calendar now for Wednesday March 25, 2015. Fascinating topics for the day will be selecting native trees, bog gardening in wet areas, and exploring the many reasons to include native plants in the home landscape. Come and be prepared to learn something to take back to your home and your community. Visit here often for more information on presentations, exhibitors and plants for sale.

A little help here, please....

Take a look around your community. Is there a place where native plants make up most of the landscape? A landscape designed to showcase native plant species. Please tell us about it! The Native Landscape Award is presented to a business or organization that has been intentional about creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape of native, or nearly all native, plants.

Or, if you know of a landscape designer or landscape company committed to including native plants, in the proper place, we would like to hear about them.

  • So take a look around, and find someone “doing natives right!”
  • Go to the awards nomination page and share that information with us.
Thank you!

Mark your calendar and set your GPS for 2355 Rainwater Road, Tifton. NESPAL - the original location for the SGNPWS - will be an excellent place to gather with old - and new- friends, to share ideas and to be encouraged by avid and experienced gardeners. See you in Tifton!

Item of interest

We are pleased to share the news that SGNPWS received the 2014 Outstanding Education award from the Georgia Urban Forest Council! Visit the Archives Awards page to see a photo of the award. Visit the "Tree Owns Itself" page to find photos and information about the history of the tree featured in the award.

Thank you to all who have helped to make this symposium a success. Keep spreading the news!

As always, links to the plant description sheets and an overview of past events can be found there.

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