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Spring 2015

Shakerag Hollow
Sat., Apr. 4th, 11:00 am, Mary Priestley

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.

Trails and Trillium
Fri. through Sun., April 10-12

A 3-day festival of guided hikes on trails in South Cumberland State Park, workshops, ART for the PARK, native plant sale, and free children's events including ropes course, hayrides, and wildlife. This unique event, held on the historic Monteagle Sunday School Assembly grounds, is a fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland-one of the leading land preservation groups in the state. Herbarium staff will lead the following hikes: Shakerag Hollow-Fri., April 10, 1:30 p.m.--Yolande and Robin Gottfried Shakerag Hollow-Sat., April 11, 10:30 a.m.--Yolande and Robin Gottfried Collins West—Sun., April 12, 8:15 a.m.-- Mary Priestley See the Trails & Trilliums website,, for details about these hikes. Numbers are limited and pre-registration is encouraged.

Shakerag Hollow
Sun., Apr. 19th, 1:30 p.m., Yolande Gottfried

The spring wildflowers in Shakerag Hollow are superb! Meet at the Green’s View parking lot (past the golf course). 2 miles, moderate to strenuous, with one fairly challenging incline.

Garlic Mustard Pull
Sun., Apr. 26th, 1:30 p.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 2nd, 1:30 p.m., Yolande Gottfried

The community of plants that grows on the sandstone outcrops along the trail to Piney Point, including the rare elf orpine, is a special one. This moderate one-to-two hour walk begins at the tennis courts at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School (beyond the football field).

Click here for two maps showing event locations.

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.