NFMGs, official "Friends of NFMGs", spouses, and unofficial friends of NFMGs are invited to attend our field trips. We hope you will join us!
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Past Field Trips
Even if you could not join us on these field trips, this will give you an idea of great gardens to visit.
April 2012 - Cox Arboretum, Canton
Private estate with over 4,000 plants representing one of the largest private collections of temperate flora in the US. Part is an old growth southern deciduous hardwood forest containing some which are more than 100 years old. Also a large collection of conifers collected from all over the world. www.coxgardens.com
May 2012 - Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens, Hiawassee
A botanical paradise with dogwoods, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wildflowers and one of the largest collections of hybrid rhododendrons in the state. Located on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/rhododendronfestival.php#aboutGarden
June 2012 - University of Georgia Trail Gardens, Athens
The primary functions of the Gardens are research, teaching and introduction of new crops. The Gardens are an important resource for breeders, growers, retailers, landscapers and consumers. The newest varieties of annuals and perennials from all over the world are tested to find those that stand up best to the heat and humidity of the Southeast. For annuals the performance ratings are based on the number of flowers, color of leaves, uniformity of flowers and habit, resistance to disease and insects, and overall appearance.
July 2012 – Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Kennesaw GA
Smith-Gilbert is a collector's garden with a wide variety (more than 3000 species) of plant material, including different outdoor contemporary sculptures and the historic Hiram Butler House. Prior to being acquired by the city of Kennesaw, the estate was owned by Dr. Robert Gilbert, who purchased the home in 1970. During the next 35 years he and Richard Smith added the gardens and extensive sculpture collection. Unified by woodland paths, the Gardens consists of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination including the Bonsai exhibit, rose garden, conifer display, perennial
garden, tea house and waterfall area. Each area is complimented by thoughtfully positioned sculpture. A guided tour will include the Hiram Butler House ca 1880.
September 2012 - The Kinsey Farm, Gainesville GA
The Kinsey Family Farm is designed and operated to provide an enjoyable and exciting atmosphere for families located throughout north Georgia. They are a family owned operation growing trees, shrubs, Christmas trees and pumpkins.
During the autumn months the farm bustles with activity as they celebrate the fall harvest. These activities not only include daily educational field trips for local schools, but also hayrides throughout the farm, fish feeding, pumpkins, and a fantastic variety of fall harvest crops to wade through. Be sure to bring your camera and plenty of time to enjoy the cool fall breeze!
October 2012 – Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden, Decatur GA
This garden contains over 4000 species of native, rare and endangered to the Southeast and other areas of the US. In addition is a section “Ferns of the World” that contains the largest selection of temperate zone ferns in the US. George Sanko developer, current CEO and leading expert in native and drought tolerant plants will guide us on our tour of the garden. gpcnativegarden.org
February 2013 - Massee Lane Gardens, Fort Valley, GA
Home of American Camellia Society and over 1000 camellias. This will be peak season for blooming. A short course on Camellia Care will follow the tour. www.camellias-acs.com
March 2013 - Wildflowers of The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, La Fayette GA
The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, Georgia is considered to be among the finest areas for wildflowers in Georgia. It is a part of the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and is home to the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail.
April 2013 - South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson, SC
Home to an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, a 70 acre arboretum, butterfly garden, wildflower meadow and specialty gardens which include many native plants. This will also be the first day of their native plant sale. www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/
May 2013 - Southern Highlands Reserve, Lake Toxaway, NC
Southern Highlands Reserve is dedicated to sustaining the ecosystem of the Blue Ridge Mountains through preservation, cultivation and display of native plants of the area in their gardens. At 4500 feet the flora emulates that found in the southern mountains. Visit the web site to learn more about the specific gardens. www.southernhighlandsreserve.org/
June 2013 - Saul's Nursery, Sandy Springs, GA
July 2013 - Rainbeau Orchids, Alpharetta, Ga
Rainbeau Orchids is a local orchid farm. They supply orchids to many places, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden. They grow many different types of orchids. Owner Sue Baker will give us tips on growing and repotting, and lead us on a tour of the greenhouses.