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Tennessee Valley  Chapter of ARS

Rhododendron calendulaceum 'Cherokee'
Picture by S & J Perkins
Rhododendron calendulaceum 'Cherokee' in Salem, NH

Tennessee Valley Chapter 1998 Field Trips. 

All hikes and field trips are subject to change due to weather and flowering conditions! Some trips may be short notice, so give Joe Schild your telephone number. Joe's number is: Day: 423-821-9582; Evening: 423-842-9686. (You may remember that Joe was our Chapter's November speaker who described some wonderful deciduous azaleas from the mountains of TN, NC & GA). 

April 18-19 Reflection Riding Arboretum & Botanical Garden Annual Wild Flower Festival & April 25-26 & Plant Sale. Guided & self-guided walks. 1000s of wild flowers, native shrubs, vines & trees foe sale. 

April 19 Joe Schild leads field trip to Cumberland Mountains to view & examine superb early flowering Pinxters (R. periclymenoides, synonym R. nudiflorum) with many forms and interspecifics. Meet at Hardee's on US 27 in Dunlap, TN, at 8:00 am Eastern time for the short drive to State Rt. 8. 

May 2 ARS Tennessee Valley Chapter Flower Show & Plant Sale. Reflection Riding Arboretum., Humphreys House from 9 am to 4 pm, Eastern Time. 

May 3 & 9 Return trips to the Cumberland in the same area. Meeting place & times same as April 19 trip. Purpose is to view & examine the Pinxters, Piedmonts (R. canescens), Alabamas (R alabamense), and many interspecifics with a chance to see the Roseshell (R. prinophyllum, synonym R. roseum), too. 

May first week Possible dash trip to North Carolina if Edward Collins (ARS Southeastern Chapter) advises of good bloom on Pinkshell Azaleas (R. vaseyi) along the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

June 13 Joe plans first journey of the season to Copper Bald based upon information from Ed Collins based on the two previous seasons bloom patterns. Perhaps will catch the early phase of the pink flowering interspecifics, but this will be a chance encounter. Trip participants will meet at two locations: 

  1. The Hardee's at Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, TN, and leave by 7 am Eastern time. 
  2. Arrive in Murphy, NC, about 9:30 am Eastern time, meeting other folks at McDonalds on US 64 Bypass. The drive to Copper Bald from Murphy will take about one hour to the parking area at Brasstown Gap & the trail head. The trek is moderate, only about 1.5 miles to the azaleas. 

June 15 week Joe plans several trips to Copper Bald during this his vacation week. Keep in touch with him for exact times.

June 20-21 A trip to Wayah Bald, NC, on Saturday with an overnight in Andrews. Sunday all day back to Copper Bald. Joe's purpose is to investigate new clear-cut areas on the Forest Service Road 711 between Copper and Wayah. Meeting areas and times for Saturday, June 20, will be same as fro June 13 trip.

June 27 Return to Copper Bald to see very late phase of flowering. For this one day trip, use the meeting places and times as for June 13.

June 28 A hike to Chickamauga Creek Gorge for the Sweet and Swamp Azaleas, R. maximum, R.catawbiense, and the elusive Stewartia located in 1992 and 1997. This is a moderate to strenuous hike with boulder hopping above the trail end. Come prepared. Meet at the Hardee's on Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy, TN, at 6:30 am Eastern Time and leave on the short drive at 7:00 am Eastern Time.

July 4 A return trip to Chickamauga Creek Gorge. Same meeting time and page.

TBA Additional trips for seed collection and autumn color.

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