GNPS Donates Treasures to the Park
The Georgia Native Plant Society (GNPS) recently held its annual plant sale. It was huge success. At the end of the day some inventory remained. Conservancy members/volunteers Todd Morrell and Cara Marris worked all day in support of the sale and were rewarded with a generous donation of plants for the park. Many of the plants are small ground cover varieties that most will never actually notice. Some are large tree species like Catalpa, Maple, and Beech. Still others are shrubs like Virginia Sweetspire, Clethra and Witchhazel. Our partnership with GNPS has resulted in hundreds of new plants in the park and we appreciate the support of the GNPS.
A damaged bee colony in the park gets some help from the Grant Park Conservancy, Arborguard Tree Specialists, Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, Cindy Bee and J.R. Cochran Sheet Metal and Roofing. Special Thanks to Chris Lane, Jonathan McNeil, Jim Ovbey, DuRant Warrick and Pete Fricker for their help. Read the story of our effort to save these industrious pollinators.
A particularly beautiful area of the park is an area I call "azalea basin." If you walk north from the zoo, along the road that is now sheltered from car traffic, you will see a long stretch of native azaleas along the right bank.
This is a listing of native and important historic plantings imported from Olmsted’s complete plant list. Not listed from Olmsted’s plantings are invasive exotic species.
Many birds live in and around Grant Park all year. Many more visit on a seasonal basis as they migrate. Take a look at the list of birds spotted in the park and then dust off the binoculars and venture through the park.