published Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Natural beauty: Birds, bees, critters and trees part of Native Plant Sale

Carol Hollahan looks at plants during a previous native plant sale at Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center.
Carol Hollahan looks at plants during a previous native plant sale at Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center.
Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.



When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road

Admission: Free

Phone: 423-821-1160, ext. 0




12:30 p.m. Ephemerals 101

1 p.m. Wildflower hike

2:15 p.m. Animal tour

3:45 p.m. Tree ID 101


7:30 a.m. Bird walk

10:30 a.m. Ephemerals 101

11 a.m. Wildflower hike

Noon. Animal tour

12:30 p.m. Ephemerals 101

1 p.m. Wildflower hike

1 p.m. Pollination and Beekeeping

3 p.m. Animal tour

3:30 p.m. Natural Pest and Weed Control in Your Garden


1-3 p.m. Live music by Bramble Roses

1-3 p.m. Rain barrel workshop

1:15 p.m. Bluebirds

1:30 p.m. Wildflower walk

1:45 p.m. Build a Bluebird House

2 p.m. Plant a Seed (for children)

2 p.m. Family nature walk

3 p.m. Animal tour

3 p.m. Wildflower walk

The nursery workers at Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center can talk at length about the advantages of native plants. This weekend, they'll have plenty of examples ready for their show-and-tell at the 26th annual Native Plant Sale and Open House.

The sale will feature native plants that volunteers have propagated in the nursery for a variety of garden conditions found in the Tennessee Valley. Other experts will be on hand for nature walks and talks that focus either on information to use home or that highlight the beautiful landscape of the CANC properties. Situated at the foot of Lookout Mountain, the combined acreage of the former Chattanooga Nature Center and Reflection Riding features more than 12 miles of trails, more than 1,000 species of flora and a wide variety of animal life. Evidence of early American Indians, Spanish explorers, pioneer settlers and Civil War soldiers also may be seen.

Other features include the George S. Bryan Discovery Forest Treehouse and the Paddler's Perch, both on the banks of Lookout Creek, and the Wildlife Wanderland, with several species of captive native animals including highly endangered red wolves.

Special guest will be nationally known garden designer John Carloftis.

A complete list of available plants and detailed descriptions of weekend programming can be found at

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