Trout Lilies Bloom Early
If you can visit the Preserve, it is highly recommended that you do so within the next week, before the blooms begin declining. It will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, February 11 & 12. If you wish to go on another day, however, the gate is kept closed, but not locked. Visitors should wear good shoes with treads, as the terrain is a sloped hardwood forest. Those with minor mobility problems should carry a walking stick and be accompanied by an able-bodied companion. The preserve’s website, www.wolfcreektroutlilypreserve.org, contains a wealth of information about Trout Lilies and the site's history, photographs, maps and directions, and an updated schedule of open days.
Thanks to a grant from the Georgia Land Conservation Program and the generous donations of former owners, nature groups, and other interested citizens, the Preserve was designated an official Conservation Area in 2009 by the Grady County Board of Commissioners. On Friday, Feb. 10 at noon, Dan Miller, the leader of the movement that acquired the property for conservation, will be giving a slide show and lecture about the preserve, trout lilies, other Spring wildflowers, and how to use them in the garden, at Goodwood Museum and Gardens in Tallahassee. He will also have plants for sale. Miller propagates and promotes the use of native plants in home landscapes at Trillium Gardens, a small native plant nursery in Tallahassee. For more information about Goodwood and this program, go to www.goodwoodmuseum.org.
|Photos simply cannot do justice to this one-of-a-kind site.|
Edited by Laurie Sheldon
Photos by Lou Kellenberger