The Atlanta metro area loses 50+ acres of canopy each day to development - hard to believe but easy to understand our declining air and water quality. Our small contribution to mitigate the impact of this devastation of our native landscape, the Conservancy partners with the Georgia Native Plant Society to rescue those plants that can be easily removed from contruction sites. Typically this means small plants- ground cover, shrubs and saplings. It is all hand dug and then hand (re)planted in the park. To date, our partnership with GNPS has resulted in several thousand plants being rescued from construction sites and relocated to various locations throughout the park. It is one more way the Conservancy can bring more native plant material to the park with an investment of volunteer time and sweat equity.
So what types of rescued plants have found new lives in the park?
native azalea, columbine, ginger, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple, bloodroot, foam flower, trillium, cinnamon fern, Christmas fern, royal fern, American Beech, red maple, rue anemone, netted chain fern, geranium, Solomon Seal, green and gold, mouse ear coreopsis, spotted wintergreen, sweetshrub, downy rattlesnake plantain, cranefly orchid, Southern mountain mint, wild hydrangea, ebony spleenwort, hearts-a-burstin', and more.