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Please call ahead to confirm information about hikes & events. Multiple hikes in different locations may occur on the same day; check list of hikes for complete roster of entries.
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Photo Gallery of Tennessee Wildflowers

Editor: Cheryl Hiers
BlueShoe Nashville Travel Guide

Click on thumbnail for enlarged photo & identification of each flower
 
Sept. 16 , 2006: Kelly Creek Seeps, Williamson County
hepaticablood rootphaceliaphaceliaperimeter trailtrilliumlarkspurcelandine poppyblue phloxarrowleaf
 
July 15, 2006: Roan Mountain near Roan High Knob & Carver's Gap TN/NC
March 18, 2006 Mossy Ridge Trout LiliesMossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06 turk's cap lily cloudland on roan mountain gray's lily gray's lily Gray's Lily oswego tea oswego tea Rubus odoratus roan mountain valley view turk's cap lily
 
Apr. 28 , 2006: Sevier County, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Painted TrilliumPainted TrilliumUmbrella LeafUmbrella Leaf flower
 
April 2, 2006: Shakerag Hollow on the Perimeter Trail at Sewanee
hepaticablood rootphaceliaphaceliaperimeter trailtrilliumlarkspurcelandine poppyblue phloxmayapple
 
March 18, 2006: Mossy Ridge Trail, Percy Warner Park, Nashville
March 18, 2006 Mossy Ridge Trout LiliesMossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06Mossy Ridge 3.18.06 March 18, 2006 Mossy Ridge Trout Lilies Mossy Ridge Wildflowers 2006 March 18, 2006 Mossy Ridge Trout Lilies
 
Apr. 27, 2003: Abrams Falls Trail, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mts. National Park
cades covecatesby's trilliumwild bleeding heartgaywingsIndian Cucumber RootCades CoveFlame AzaleaFlame AzaleaFlame AzaleaTrillium
 
Apr. 26, 2003: Great Smoky Mts. National Park
 
showy orchisshowy orchisbrook lettucebrook lettucerattlesnake ferncourthouse rock
 
Apr. 24, 2003: Bud Ogle Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mts. National Park
pink lady slipperwhite clintonia
 
Apr. 24, 2003: Sugarland to Ash Hopper Branch Trail, Great Smoky Mts. National Park
 
Apr. 19, 2003: Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN
nashville breadrootlimestone gladewhite blue-eyed grassfragrant sumacrose verbenahoary puccoonvetchnashville breadrootmissouri primrose
 
Apr. 18, 2003: Beaman Park, Nashville, TN
shooting starshooting starBeaman ParkBluetsWood BetonyShooting Star
 
Apr. 12, 2003: Standing Stone State Park, near Livingston, TN
 
Apr. 05, 2003: Shakerag Hollow, Perimeter Trail, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
woodland mix of flowerswoodland mixgrandiflorumview from the plateau
 
Apr. 03, 2003: Mossy Ridge Trail, Percy Warner Park, Nashville, TN
trillium thumbnailviolet thumbnaildutchmen thumbnaillarkspur thumbnailsaxifrage thumbnailanother saxifrage
 
Mar. 20, 2003: Mossy Ridge Trail, Percy Warner Park, Nashville, TN
 
Mar.15, 2003: Long Hunter State Park, Lebanon, TN
leavenworthia stylosa

 


Calendar of 2006 Hikes & Events

Here's where and when to see wildflowers in Middle Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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09.22.06: Hikes at Percy Warner Park, Beaman, Sewanee, and Land Between the Lakes are scheduled for fall wildflower viewing. See list of hikes below.

09.06.06: The fall wildflower season is about to begin and along with hikes and special events held in the Nashville and Tennessee parks, there are workshops for those interested in gardening and landscaping with native plants. We'll be adding a list of those later today. Meanwhile, check out the nursery-propagated wildflowers you can order online from American Meadows.

pink lady slipper at fiery gizzard

04.14.06: Led by TTU biology professor Ray Jordan, a wildflower walk will be held at Standing Stone State Park tomorrow, April 15, at 10 a.m. This is a splendid location for seeing Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia) in bloom. Next Saturday, April 22 will be the Spring Naturalist Rally at Standing Stone and a range of hikes and workshops are scheduled, including nature photography classes, birding expeditions, field sessions on snakes and other reptiles, and, of course, wonderful walks focusing on wildflowers. There's even a butterfly and dragon fly hike. Standing Stone is located near Livingston, TN--about a 100 miles east of Nashville.

The last three weekends have had some spotty weather--cold and raining and fraught with tornodoes at times here in middle Tennessee. But still, the flora has been emerging and beautiful. New photographs from the Natchez Trace, Beaman Park, and Warner Park will be uploaded in the next few days--taken with my new Sony DSC-R1.

03.19.06: The Mossy Ridge Trail in Percy Warner Park is in a showy display of early whites and yellows: cutleaf toothwort, spring beauties, false rue anemone, and lovely banks of Dutchmen's breeches are out. Yellow trout lilies are beginning to bloom, although the bright yellow petals are not yet curled back. The first photo gallery of 2006 wildflower hikes is now up, showing images taken on the Mossy Ridge on Sat., March 18. Also--Sewanee's newsletter from the Herbarium arrived yesterday and the hikes on the University of the South's Perimeter Trail have been added below.

03.18.06: We're adding a link to a splendid online botanical resource. Vanderbilt University biologist Steve Baskauf has compiled an extensive collection of photos and bloom dates of southeastern flora at Bioimages Web.

03.12.06: Wildflower Hikes First Announcement
The first round announcement of wildflower hikes in Tennesseee is being posted today. Botany excursions in the Nashville Warner Parks, Beaman Park, and at Cheekwood are available here and the dates for the big pilgrimage at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are posted here as well. On-line registration for the GSMNP Wildflower Pilgrimage begins Monday, March 13, 2006 at 9 a.m. EST (hikes fill up quickly so register early).

We're still waiting on dates for the Cedars of Lebanon Wildflower Pilgrimage and the program of hikes at Radnor Lake and the University of the South. Check back to see a full calendar as we progress in the season.

In addition to the hikes listed here by locale, the Tennessee Trails Association has a splendid on-line calendar of hikes. The Sierra Club of Tennessee also offers a range of spring hikes, some which are geared specifically toward wildflower viewing. South Cumberland State Park (including the beautiful Savage Gulf and Collins Gulf areas) host a number of strenuously stunning wildflower hikes.

Most of the hikes listed here require advance registration. Dates and times are subject to change, so always call first for confirmation of particulars.


Percy & Edwin Warner Parks: 2006 Wildflower Hikes

Warner Parks are among the closest and richest sites for wildflowers in Nashville. The Warner Park Nature Center will be conducting FREE wildflower hikes and programs on these days:

Spring 2006
Mar. 16, 9-10:30 a.m.: Spring Wildflower slide show. Leader Deb Beazley
Mar. 23, 9 a.m. to noon: Wildflower hike.
Leader Deb Beazley
Mar. 25, 9 a.m. to noon: Wildflower hike.
Leader Deb Beazley
Mar. 30, 9 a.m. to noon: Wildflower hike.
Leader Deb Beazley
Apr. 1, (9 a.m. to noon)
: Wildflower hike. Leader Deb Beazley
Apr. 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wildflowers "a la Cart":
Join a naturalist for a golf cart wildflower "hike" on the Old Roadway in Edwin Warner Park. Intended for people who find walking the trails too difficult.
Apr. 1, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. No Fooling Wildflower Hike: Join the naturalist for an April Fool's Day Hike.
Apr. 11, 1-3 p.m. Bluebells and Wildflowers "a la Cart": Join a naturalist for a one-hour guided wildflower tour on a golf cart through Edwin Warner Park. Intended for people who find walking the trail too difficult.

Fall 2006
Sept. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.: Fall field flowers. Leader Heather Gallagher. Call to register.
Sept. 14, 9-10:30 a.m.: Fall Wildflowers on the Big Screen. Slide show. Presenter and photographer. Call to register.
Sept. 23, 9-11:00 a.m.: Fall Wildflower Walk. Leader Deb Beazley. Call to register.
Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Landscaping with Native Plants Workshop. Call to register. The program cost is $35 with an optional box lunch for and additional $8.
Sept. 29, 9-11:00 a.m.: Fall Wildflower Walk. Leader Deb Beazley. Call to register.
Oct. 26, 9-11:00 a.m.: Fall Colors at Warner Park. Leader Deb Beazley. Call to register.


These hikes are led by park naturalists, so you'll learn as you go. Call for more information and to reserve a spot: 352-6299. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221. Note: You must reserve a place in order to participate in these hikes.


Beaman Park 2006 Hikes (Conducted by Warner Parks or Friends of Beaman)

Spring 2006
Mar. 15, 9-11 a.m.: Hepatica Hunt at Beaman Park. Leaders: Sandy Bivens and Bob Brown
Apr. 14, 9 a.m. to noon: Wildflowers at Beaman Park.
Leader Deb Beazley
Apr. 15, 9 a.m. to noon: Beaman Park Wildflower Walk.
Explore a Henry Hollow and discover the stunning array of flowers, ferns, sedges, and mosses gracing this spectacular Nashville park. A prime place to see Shooting Star. Leader Amy Wallace
May, 6: First Saturday Hike.
Led by volunteers from Friends of Beaman Park.

Fall 2006
Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to noon: Beaman Park Creek Walk. Leader Vera Vollbrecht. Call to register.
Oct. 7 , 9 a.m. to noon: Beaman Park First Saturday Hike.
Led by volunteers from Friends of Beaman Park.
Oct. 19 , 9-11:00 a.m.: Fall Colors at Beaman Park.
Leader Deb Beazley. Call to register.
Oct. 21: Friends of Beaman Park 10 Year Anniversary Celebration features the following:

  • 1:00 p.m.: Guided park hikes
  • 4-6 p.m.: Entertainment
    5:00 p.m.: Dinner on the grounds. Call to register. For more information, contact the Warner Nature Center at 352-6299.

Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to noon: Beaman Park First Saturday Hike. Led by volunteers from Friends of Beaman Park.

Unless otherwise noted, these hikes are led by Warner Park naturalists. Call for more information and to reserve a spot: 352-6299. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221.


Radnor Lake State Natural Area 2006 Wildflower Hikes

Join the Radnor Park staff for a walk through the spring wildflowers and learn their names, uses, and other interesting tidbits. Walks start at the Radnor Park Visitor Center and will proceed on whichever trail is determined to be best for flowers that day. Phone: 615-377-1281. Location and map.

Hikes and excursions for March and April 2006 TBA.

Call 615-377-1281 for more information and to sign up for free hikes. Reservations are often required for hikes because of limited space.

Tennessee Native Plant Society Hikes

Fall 2006

Sept. 16, 10 a.m.: Kelly Creek Seeps.
Sept. 30, 10:00 a.m.: Blazing Stars and Butterflies. Land Between the Lakes.
Oct. 21, 10 a.m.: Carrol Cabin Barrens—Bath Springs.

See web site for Tennessee Native Plant Society for contact information and more details on hikes.

Fall Creek Falls 25th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 8-9, 2006: A variety of wildflower hikes, workshops, driving tours, and slideshows will be featured during this 25th anniversary pilgrimage. For more information, call 423-881-5298.


Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Garden 2006 Wildflower Events

Apr. 6, 1-3 p.m.: Wildflower Walk in Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary.
Apr. 7-9: Wildflower Fair
Apr. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Wildflower Day Hike at Owl's Hill
Apr. 13, 1-3 p.m.:
Wildflower Walk in Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary
Apr. 20, 1-3 p.m.:
Wildflower Walk in Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary
Apr. 27, 1-3 p.m.:
Wildflower Walk in Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary

WILDFLOWER AFTERNOONS at Cheekwood during April is a series of four afternoon walks for ADULTS ONLY which follow the bloom of spring wildflowers as they appear throughout the season. Walks begin promptly at 1 pm. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Cost is $6/walk. Advanced registration is required by calling 353-9827.

Call 615-356-8000 for more information and for admission fees.

Cedars of Lebanon 29th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage April 28 & 29, 2006

Unique Cedar Glades Wildflower Celebration in its 29th year
April 28 & 29, 2006

Some of the rare and endemic plant species of the limestone glades, including Nashville Breadroot (Pediomelum subacaulis), can be seen during this festival. Thomas Hemmerly, one of the country's foremost experts on cedar glade flora will speak Friday night. For more information, contact Cedars of Lebanon State Park, 328 Cedar Forest Road, Lebanon, TN 37090. 615-443-2769.

April 28-29. 2006: Wildflower hikes, bird walks, a photography workshop and an owl prowl are part of this year's pilgrimage.

Call for more information: 615-443-2769.
Cedars of Lebanon State Park is located at 328 Cedar Forest Road, Lebanon Park, 37090.

Sewanee Herbarium at the University of the South 2006 Wildflower Events

The knowledgeable Herbarium staff at the University of the South conduct a number of stellar wildflower hikes on the Cumberland Plateau during March and April. Some of the outstanding ones you shouldn't miss include BlueBell Island (replete with Virginia Bluebells), Shakerag Hollow on the Perimeter Trail at Sewanee, and Collins Gulf in South Cumberland State Park(this section is the only other local spot that rivals Shakerag Hollow for numbers and diversity of spring wildflowers).

Spring 2006

Sat., Mar. 25, 10 a.m.:BlueBell Island Annual Trek
Sat., Apr. 1, 1:30 p.m.: Shakerag Hollow, led by George Ramseur
Sat., Apr. 8, 1:00 p.m.: Shakerag Hollow, led by Jon Evans
Sat., Apr. 9, 10:00 a.m.: Collins Gulf, led by Mary Priestley
Sat., Apr. 15, 1:00 p.m.: Shakerag Hollow, led by Mary Priestley
Sat., Apr. 22, 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Trails & Trilliums: A Celebration & Sale of Native Plants

Fall 2006

Sun., Sept. 17, 2 p.m.: The "Rez" at St. Anderw's-Sewanee School. Yolande Gottfried.
Sat., Sept. 23, 8:00 a.m..: Abbott Cotten martin Ravien Garden, led by Mary Priestley
Sat., Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m.: Piney Point Shakerag Hollow, led by George Ramseur
Sat., Oct. 28, 10:45 a.m. to noon: Beckwith's Point Trail, led by Jon Evans
Sun., Nov.5, 2:00 p.m.: Lake Dimmick, led by Mary Priestley


For more information on these events, contact the Herbarium at 931-598-3346. All hike times are CST. Some hikes require that you bring lunch and extra water; please call and confirm dates and times and special instructions.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 56th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 24 to April 30, 2006
Online Registration Begins March 13, 2006 at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

This is Mecca for wildflower lovers: the variety of species and the abundance of native plants in bloom during this week of well-conducted hikes will leave the wildflower enthusiast in awe. Travelers come from around the world to participate.

"The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual seven-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park consisting of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. Most programs are outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while indoor offerings are held in various venues throughout Gatlinburg, TN."

This festival attracts botanists (amateur and professional) from all over the country; you should visit the web site, review the hike schedule, and be prepared to reserve your spot via web registration. The program of hikes is online.

Tennessee Wildflower Hikes by location (Photo Galleries):

Sept. 16 , 2006: Kelly Creek Seeps, Williamson County, TN
July 15 , 2006: Roan Mountain (Tennessee-North Carolina stateline)
Apr. 28 , 2006: Sevier County Hike, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mar. 18 , 2006: Mossy Ridge Trail, Percy Warner Park, Nashville
Apr. 27, 2003: Abrams Falls Trail, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mts. National Park

Apr. 26, 2003: Great Smoky Mts. National Park
Apr. 25, 2003: Chimneys Trail, Great Smoky Mts. National Park
Apr. 25, 2003: Courthouse Rock hike, Great Smoky Mts. National Park
Apr. 24, 2003: Bud Ogle Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mts. National Park
Apr. 24, 2003: Sugarland to Ash Hopper Branch Trail, Great Smoky Mts. National Park
Apr. 19, 2003: Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN
Apr. 18, 2003: Beaman Park, Nashville, TN
Apr. 12, 2003: Standing Stone State Park, near Livingston, TN
Apr. 05, 2003: Shakerag Hollow, Perimeter Trail, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Apr. 03, 2003: Mossy Ridge Trail, Percy Warner Park, Nashville, TN
Mar. 29, 2003: BlueBell Island & Collins Gulf in Savage Gulf Wilderness Area, South Cumberland State Park
Mar. 28, 2003: Mossy Ridge Trail, Percy Warner, Nashville, TN
Mar. 22, 2003: Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville, TN
Mar. 20, 2003: Mossy Ridge Trail, Percy Warner Park, Nashville, TN
Mar.15, 2003: Long Hunter State Park, Lebanon, TN

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Fall 2006 Photos

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bullet09.16.06 Large-leaf Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia grandifolia)

Summer 2006 Photos

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bullet07.15.06 Roan Mt.: Lilium superbum [Turk's Cap Lily]

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bullet07.15.06 Roan Mountain's botanically rich treeless balds

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bullet07.15.06 Roan Mt.: Lilium grayi [Gray's Lily]


Resource Guides

Wildflowers Of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley and the Southern AppalachiansGuide Books to TN Wildflowers by Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl. (Lone Pine, 2005)

Best Garden Plants for Tennessee by Susan Hamilton & Laura Peters. (Lone Pine, 2006)

Wildflower Photos

pachysandra procumbens

04.03.04 Beaman Park: Pachysandra procumbens [Allegheny Spurge]

asarum canadense

04.03.04 Beaman Park: Asarum canadense [Wild Ginger]

NEW (added 3/18/06) : Extensive collection of photos and bloom dates of southeastern flora by biologist Steve Baskauf at Bioimages Web Site of Vanderbilt University

Identification Books

NEW: Wildflowers Of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians by Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl. (Lone Pine, 2005)

Wildflowers of the Central South, by Thomas E. Hemmerly (Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 1990).

Peterson Field Guide Wildflowers: Northeastern/North Central North America (Houghton Mifflin, 1968).

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Eastern Region (Alfred A, Knopf, 1979)

Wildflowers of Tennessee, by Jack Carman (Highland Rim Press, 2001)

Resources

University of Tenn. Herbarium

Tennessee Trails Association Calendar of Hikes

Sewanee Herbarium at the University of the South

Bioimages Web Site at Vanderbilt University

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park 57th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage: April 23-29, 2007
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