Woodland wildflowers

Melanie StatenOur Town Outdoors

Spring is just around the corner – we hope – so join the UT Arboretum Society for the March First Thursday Nature Supper Club as we look at our East Tennessee spring ephemerals via Zoom on Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

Join Michelle Campanis, education coordinator at the University of Tennessee Arboretum, and naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for an overview of these woodland wildflowers and places to see them in East Tennessee.

A walk through the woods along a greenway or path finds a welcome group of old friends, the so-called spring ephemerals starting to rise through the forest floor. But their time is short, their days in the sun brief.

The woodland ephemerals are perennials that begin to appear in early March. Look for bloodroot, toothwort, Hepatica, spring beauty, squirrel corn, celandine poppy, twinleaf, Virginia bluebells, Jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple, trout lily and several species of trillium. They all must grow, bloom and produce seeds quickly before the trees leaf out and cover their home with shade.

The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Register at www.utarboretumsociety.org

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at [email protected]

Melanie Staten is a public relations consultant with her husband, Vince.


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