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Margie Hunter, founding board member of TNP and author of Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee: The Spirit of Place said, “Through the Tennessee Naturalist Program, participants learn how nature functions — the interwoven relationships of our plants and animals forged amid the evolutionary influences of geological events and climate. Ongoing human development strains and fractures these relationships, but we can counter and begin to heal this damage every time we bring a residential yard, urban park, or corporate campus back into nature’s balance. This process begins with native plants as the backbone of any landscape, a simple but crucial step that sets ecological magic in motion. Begin the journey!”
Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains have more biodiversity than nearly every other place on earth. That beauty is apparent within the state, from the gorgeous bodies of water to the majestic Smoky Mountains. Surrounding these features of mother nature are the flowers that add pops of color and floral scents to the air. Here are some of the most beautiful flowers native tothe area.The threat posed by invasive plants is just one reason for planting natives instead. Native plants are also more natural to take care of. They are already adapted to the local climate and thus can tolerate almost any extreme weather peculiar to the area. In Tennessee, this often means native plants can withstand cold winters. Native plants are also already adapted to the soil conditions, and they need less in the way of fertilizer. They also require less water and pesticides than exotic plants do.
nybg: Forest flowers have a certain draw to them. For me, they’re a shade more elegant and fanciful than many of the wildflowers you find carpeting open meadows. And this one in particular reminds me that we’re in the process of raising trilliums in our own Native Plant Garden. It hasn’t reopened yet, but come 2013 you’ll want to be here at the NYBG for the unveiling. —MN outtogetthehoney: Trillium Flower in the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee.The tulip poplar, a member of the magnolia family, is not only Tennessee’s state tree (and the state tree of Kentucky and Indiana, too), but it’s also the tallest hardwood tree in North America. In fact, it’s able to grow up to 150 feet high. An overachieving tulip poplar in Kentucky measures at 168 feet tall. To put that height in perspective, your average 10-story building is around 100 feet tall. The tulip poplar can also grow to the wise old age of 200+ years. (Source: stoneycreekfarmtennessee.com)