Sewanee Herbarium » Calendar of Events

Spring 2014

Shakerag Hollow
Sat., Apr. 5th, 2:30 p.m.,Nathan Bourne

Nathan is a Sewanee alum and experienced herbarium intern. This is Sewanee’s “Mecca” for wildflower lovers, and the flowers should be diverse and abundant. Meet at the Green’s View parking lot (past the golf course). 2 miles, moderate to strenuous, with one fairly challenging incline.

Roark's Cove
Sun., Apr. 6th, 2:00 p.m., Yolande Gottfried

A private property at the base of the plateau is being made available for a wildflower walk to see some species not seen on the upper plateau, such as Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and possibly some early shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia), as well as trilliums and much more. Meet at the Sewanee tennis courts parking lot (on Green’s View Road behind the Sewanee Inn site) to carpool or caravan to the location of this easy to moderate walk.

Trails and Trillium
April 11th -13th, 2014

SSponsored by the Friends of South Cumberland Held at the historic Monteagle Sunday School Assembly grounds, featuring "Teddy Roosevelt," wildflowers and unique hikes. Please visit the Trails and Trilliums Facebook page Trails & Trilliums, and the website,, for a detailed schedule of events.

Collins Gulf Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hike
Sun., Apr. 13th, 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.., Mary Priestley

Part of Trails and Trilliums weekend , this hike is in the South Cumberland State Park. Wear sturdy footwear, pack water and lunch, and bring cameras! Meet at Citizens State Bank in front of the Assembly at 8:15 to carpool or meet at the Collins West trailhead in Gruetli-Laager at 9:00. 6 miles, moderate to strenuous with 600-foot elevation change. For directions to the Collins West trailhead, contact the South Cumberland State Park Visitors’ Center (931.924.2980).

64th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 15th - 19th

On Wednesday, April 16, Mary Priestley will lead a nature journaling workshop. She will also be the speaker at the welcoming luncheon. The author of children’s wildflower guide, William’s Wildflowers, she will talk about reading as a way to introduce children to nature. Please see for more information.

Garlic Mustarn Pull
Sat., Apr. 19th, 9:00 a.m., Mary Priestley

Join in an attempt to control this invasive exotic plant that is threatening to take over some sensitive areas of our forest. It is easy to pull (even good to eat when young and tender!). No equipment is necessary but work gloves would be a good idea. Meet at Morgan's Steep.

Piney Point
Sat., May 3rd, 1:30 p.m., Herbarium Staff/Volunteers

A distinctive community of plants grows on the sandstone outcrops along the trail to Piney Point, including the rare elf orpine. A moderate one-to-two hour walk, meeting at the tennis courts at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School (beyond the football field).

Nature Journaling
A nature journaling group, sponsored by the herbarium, meets Thursday mornings, 9-11 in the herbarium. An informal gathering, participants share observations and writing, and sketch plants or other natural objects. Everyone is welcome.

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All times are CDT. Wear appropriate shoes on all of these walks. Risks involved in hiking include physical exertion, rough terrain, forces of nature, and other hazards not present in everyday life. Picking flowers and digging plants are prohibited in all of the above-mentioned natural areas. For more information on these events contact Yolande Gottfried at the Herbarium (931.598.3346) during regular business hours or by e-mail at Directions are available on the Herbarium website,, under the calendar of events.