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Sewanee Herbarium

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Herbarium Tour and Mountathon – Sewanee Herbarium, Spencer Hall – Saturday, February 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Mary Priestley

Your chance to see where and what the herbarium is and to help in the work! Spending a morning mounting pressed plants can be a satisfying and fun experience. The finished product is always useful and often quite beautiful. Come help us mount our backlog of specimens. Learn methods that have been passed down through generations and are still used today, and take home a guide to mounting pressed plants. Meet in the herbarium on the first floor of Spencer Hall. The main entrance is across from DuPont Library and there is parking behind the library.

Hunt for the First Hepatica – Shakerag Hollow – Saturday, March 1, 1:30 p.m., Yolande Gottfried

We’ll see if March comes in like a lion or a lamb and see what might be out early in Shakerag — maybe some hepatica, pepper-and-salt, or star chickweed. Since this is a little later than we usually do this walk, there might be more in bloom. Meet at Green’s View for this moderate-to-strenuous 2-mile walk that may include a steep rocky section of the trail. Come prepared for muddy, wet, icy, and/or rocky conditions.

Early Spring Wildflowers – Shakerag Hollow – Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m., Yolande and Robin Gottfried

Spring is officially here and it’s time to head out to Shakerag Hollow. If you don’t get out about now you might miss the beginning of the big show — bloodroot, trout lily, Dutchman’s breeches, and spring beauties bloom early and fade fast. Meet at Green’s View for this moderate-to-strenuous 2-mile walk that may include a steep rocky section of the trail.

Nature Journaling – A nature journaling group, sponsored by the herbarium, meets Thursday mornings, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  in the herbarium. An informal gathering, participants share observations and writing, and sketch plants or other natural objects. Everyone is welcome.

All times are CST or 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 or other Sewanee Herbarium events, please contact Yolande Gottfried at the Herbarium (931.598.3346) or by email at Directions are available on the Herbarium website,, under the calendar of events.

Other events of interest: Native Plant Symposium sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, Saturday, March 8, 8:00 am – 4:00 p.m. – University Center Auditorium at UTC, Chattanooga, TN. Practical information about using native plants in the home landscape to get more birds and butterflies, biodiversity, beauty, and a healthy environment.

Go to for more information and to register.

The 11th Trails & Trilliums is April 11-13 sponsored by the Friends of South Cumberland and is held at the historic Monteagle Sunday School Assembly Grounds featuring “Teddy Rossevelt,” wildflowers and unique hikes.

Please visit the Trails and Trilliums Facebook page Trails & Trilliums, or go to, for a detailed schedule of events.