Friday, June 13, 2014

The Mountain Laurel

The Mountain Laurel

The Mountain Laurel was the eighth tree we observed on our tree walk in May.

Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia

Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia
These small trees were filled with flowers while we were there.  You can find many Mountain laurels throughout the gardens.

The beautiful flowers display mother nature's stitching as each flower has intricate stitching in each flower.  I hope everyone gets to see these flowers while they are blooming in May and June.

About the tree walks:
I will be leading two walks this year at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville.  The dates for the walks are May 17th and August 2nd.

On May 17th, 2014, at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, I led a tree walk.  My goals for the tree walks are to encourage people to get to really know the trees of the Southern Appalachian Mountains as well as to respect and appreciate them.  Getting to know the trees by observation and note taking in all four seasons is how I got to know the trees. So, that is the way I teach others to get to know the trees.

Journalling in a tree checklist is what we did that day.  We stopped and observed 20+ trees that day.  It was the first publication of my tree checklist. 

I got feedback from those that were at the tree walk; I also discovered some corrections that need to be made.  So a second edition is in the works and will be offered to the participants of my next tree walk to be held August 2nd at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville.

If you are going to be in the Asheville area on August 2nd, I invite you to sign up at the Botanical Gardens and come observe 20 more trees.  http://www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org/The Botanical Gardens offers other nature classes; so check them out as well.

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