Here is a list of upcoming hikes led by Randy Hedgepath, Tennessee State Naturalist.
- Rock Island State Park – March 22 @ 1 PM Downstream
- Trail Rock Island – March 23rd at 10 AM Eagle Trail
- Standing Stone SP – March 29 @ 9 AM Overton Lodge
- Old Stone Fort SP – March 29 @ 2:30 PM Visitor Center
- Edgar Evins State Park – April 12 @ 8 AM Park office
- Buggytop Trail at South Cumberland SP – April 12 @ 1 PM
- Ranger Falls from Stone Door – April 13 @ 10 AM
- Panther Creek SP – April 19 @ 11 AM Eastern Time
On March 22nd, Tennessee State Park rangers are hosting a series of guided hikes across the state providing a unique look at the spring season.
Whether you’re looking for a short nature trail or an all-day endeavor through a park’s most remote stretches, you’ll find what you’re looking for at a Tennessee State Park.
- Edgar Evins hosts Spring Hike of the Millennium Trail – Mar 22 @ Edgar Evins
- Edgar Evins hosts Spring Hike of the Highland Rim Nature Trail – Mar 22 @ Edgar Evins
- Long Hunter hosts First Hike of Spring – Mar 22 @ Long Hunter
One-mile nature hike on the Tyler Sykes Trail at Couchville Glade. We’ll look for spring wildflowers, listen for songbirds and discover the uniqueness of a Middle Tennessee cedar glade. Meet at 1 p.m. CT at the Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area on S. Mt. Juliet Rd. For more information call 615-885-2422.
- Panther Creek hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Panther Creek (east TN)
- Big Cypress hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area
- Big Hill Pond hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Big Hill Pond
- Chickasaw hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Chickasaw
- Meeman-Shelby hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Meeman-Shelby
- Natchez Trace hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Natchez Trace State Park
- Nathan Bedford Forrest hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
- Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Cordell Hull Birthplace
- Fort Pillow hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Fort Pillow (west TN)
- Pinson Mounds hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Pinson Mounds
- Cummins Falls hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Cummins Falls
- Mousetail Landing hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Mousetail Landing
- Booker T. Washington hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Booker T. Washington
- Fort Loudoun hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Fort Loudoun
- Harrison Bay hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Harrison Bay
- Roan Mountain hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Roan Mountain
- Paris Landing hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Paris Landing
- Pickwick Landing hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Pickwick Landing
- Reelfoot Lake hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Reelfoot Lake
- Bicentennial Mall hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Bicentennial Mall
- T.O. Fuller hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ T.O. Fuller
- Bledsoe Creek hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Bledsoe Creek
The park will be offering 2 separate hikes, a 3.5 mile hike along the Shoreline Trail on Old Hickory Lake, and a 1.5 mile hike along our paved Mayo Wix Trail and Birdsong trail that is handicap accessible and great for kids. Be sure to bring some water with you for the hikes. We will have some refreshments for the public after the hikes are completed. Call for more information: 615-452-3706.
- Burgess Falls hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Burgess Falls
- Cedars of Lebanon hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Cedars of Lebanon
The cedar glades will soon be blooming with many rare and endemic species of flowers. The 0.5 mile Cedar Glade Trail is located at the Main Park Office starting at 2pm. Please wear appropriate clothing for hiking. All ages are welcome. For additional information, contact (615) 443-2769.
- David Crockett hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ David Crockett
- Dunbar Cave hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Dunbar Cave
- Fall Creek Falls hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Fall Creek Falls
- Harpeth River hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Harpeth River
- Henry Horton hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Henry Horton
- Johnsonville hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Johnsonville State Park
- Montgomery Bell hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Montgomery Bell
- Old Stone Fort hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Old Stone Fort
Jack B. Carman, noted Tennessee wildflower expert and author of Wildflowers of Tennessee, will be presenting a talk and wildflower walk at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park. Mr. Carman will lead visitors in a discussion and interpretive hike through the White Trail at Old Stone Fort, noting the array of beautiful native wildflowers found throughout the park and across Tennessee. The wildflower talk will begin at 10 A.M at the Old Stone Fort Museum and will be followed by the walk at 11 A.M. The wildflower walk will be approximately 1.25 miles and its overall degree of difficulty is easy. All ages are welcome but please remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.
- Port Royal hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Port Royal
- Radnor Lake hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Radnor Lake
- Hideaway Hike from Vanderbilt-Dyer Observatory – Mar 22 @ 6am
Hike is approximately 1.5 hours and will highlight the newest ridgetop acquired near Dyer Observatory. Reservations required and open on March 16th at 10am. (615) 373-3467.
- Rock Island hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Rock Island
- Sgt Alvin C York hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Sgt. Alvin C. York
- South Cumberland hosts Spring Hikes – Mar 22 @ South Cumberland
South Cumberland State Park is offering 3 hikes:1) Join Staff at the Savage Gulf Ranger station at 1:00 p.m. CT for a 4 mile roundtrip hike along the Savage Gulf Dayloop. This trail is rated as moderate, please bring along water, a snack if needed, and a raincoat if there is inclement weather. Sturdy shoes recommended. For more information call 931-779-3532.
2) Join Staff at the Carter state Natural Area parking lot at 11:00 a.m. CT for a spring hike. Carter State Natural Area is known for its karst features, but often overlooked is the interesting plant and animal communities surrounding Buggytop cave. This strenuous 5-mile hike may involve off-trail inspection of this beautiful landscape so be sure and bring sturdy footwear, food, and water. For more information call 931-779-3532.
3) Come experience the power of the river during peak flow. We will be seeing three beautiful waterfalls: Upper Greeter Falls, Lower Greeter Falls, and Boardtree Falls. Don’t forget your camera! Meetup at the Greeter falls parking lot at 2:00 p.m. CT for a moderate 2 mile hike along the Greeter loop trail. For more information call 931-692-3887 or 931-924-2980
- Standing Stone hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Standing Stone
- Big Ridge hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Big Ridge
- Tims Ford hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Tims Ford
- Cove Lake hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Cove Lake
- Cumberland Mountain hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Cumberland Mountain
- Cumberland Trail hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Frozen Head State Park
- Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Davy Crockett Birthplace
- Frozen Head hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Frozen Head
- Hiwassee / Ocoee hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Hiwassee / Ocoee State Park
- Indian Mountain hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Indian Mountain
- Norris Dam hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Norris Dam
- Pickett hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Pickett
- Red Clay hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Red Clay
- Sycamore Shoals hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Sycamore Shoals
- Warriors’ Path hosts Spring Hike – Mar 22 @ Warriors’ Path
Details on each of these hikes at: http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/spring-hike
Though some of the hybrids are sterile, you can raise coneflowers easily from seed, and if you grow yellow purple coneflower together with the purples, you might even find some hybrids among its seedlings. The seed is ripe when the cone dries out. At this time, the bristles turn dark brown and rather sharp and spiny.
The silvery gray seeds are packed in among the bristles and both fall out when you shatter the cone. I don’t bother separating the seed from the bristles. The seed germinates after 6-12 weeks of cold, moist temperatures.
Sow seeds outdoors or in pots in late fall (cover them lightly). Alternatively, you can soak the seeds in a cup of water for a few hours, and then towel them lightly dry before putting them in a sealed baggie in the refrigerator for the requisite number of weeks. After their chilling, sow the seeds indoors or outside after the danger of frost is passed. They should sprout in 2 weeks.
In the nursery, coneflowers mature rapidly and often flower the first summer from seed germination in the spring. Transplant your plants into well-drained but moist topsoil where they will receive at least 5 hours of summer sun.
For more information on choosing and growing coneflowers, see: http://www.gardensmart.com/?p=articles&title=Coneflowers_Choosing_and_Growing
The 2014 TNPS Schedule is ready! All details will be posted on our website very soon, but for now, see our March newsletter for more info (link at the end of this post).
March 22: Fiery Gizzard Trail
March 29: Rock Island State Park
April 5: Cedars of Lebanon State Park
April 5-13: Natural Areas Week
April 26: Black Mountain / Windlass Cave
May 3: Walls of Jericho
May 17: Plant Survey of the Catoosa Savannah
Aug. 23: Flat Creek Trail, Smoky Mountains
Sept. 6: Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens
Sept. 13: Sweetster Ranch
Sept. 19-21: Annual Meeting, Beersheba Springs
Oct. 4: Ghost River State Natural Area
The Wilson County Master Gardener Association will meet on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at 6:30 PM (the meeting begins at 7:oo). The dinner theme for March is Cajun food. Bring something from Cajun country or N’awlins (some crawdad ettouffe, awrite).
Our speaker will be Randy Hedgepath, TN State Naturalist, and this month’s program is:
State Natural Areas of Middle Tennessee (that are especially good for wildflowers)
Patti Stein at WS
The photo below was taken on day 2 of Winter School — Friday, 21 February 2014. Unfortunately, the photo was taken during a break in the action and we failed to notice that one of our members was missing. By the time we found Patti Stein (right), some of our members had drifted off to the other building for another session. Sadly, we were unable to gather the whole group for another photo. As a result, Patti is missing from the photo… but she was there.
Back row (l-r): Justin Stefanski, Lynn Mouvery, Lawana Nelson, Lee Nelson, Marianne Pelletier, Janie Kelley, Kevin Kelley, and Cynthia Winfield
Front row (l-r): Lauren May, Carol Walenga, Flo Moore, Jan Littrell, Linda Robertson, and Greg Tomerlin
Many of those pictured above also attended day 1 of Winter School on Thursday, 20 February 2014. Winter School 2014 was a big success and a lot of fun. We had great speakers, interesting programs, excellent food and a really good time. If you have not been to Winter School, make plans to attend next year. You’ll enjoy it and learn something too.