Last Saturday, our chapter held its second Annual Meeting at Greenway Farm in Hixson. The feedback I got was that we dialed up some excellent weather and people seemed pleased with the Greenway Farm venue. We reviewed our chapter’s activities so far this year and looked forward into 2015.
First, the 2015 Native Plant of the Year was revealed: Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa). The reasons are myriad, including Butterfly Milkweed:
- is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun.
- is drought tolerant and a good rain garden plant
- is a host plant for the Monarch Butterfly caterpillar
- has showy orange flowers provide nectar for many butterflies, bees and other pollinators; and
- has no serious insect or disease problems; even when defoliated by caterpillars it is not harmed.
If these reasons weren’t enough, we decided Butterfly Milkweed will be a good plant to bring to public information events and possibly sell to the public like we did in 2013 for the Wild for Monarchs campaign. Additionally, we will promote neonicotinoid-free sources of these plants (and possibly companion plants).
Secondly, the new officers and directors for 2015-2016 were elected:
President: Dennis Bishop
Secretary: Beverly Inman-Ebel
Director at Large: Karna Levitt
With Dennis moving from Vice President to President, I will move back to the Vice President spot through 2015. Juan Gonzalez will continue as Treasurer through 2015, and Cheri Hubbard and Valarie Adams will also continue their service as Directors this coming year. Marcia Stevens was announced as the new co-chair of Membership and Communications, joining out-going Secretary Nora Bernhardt as co-chair of that committee. Lucy Scanlon and Louise Gilley continue to serve as the Board-appointed co-chairs of the Public Information committee.
2015 Programs and Projects
We also gave a preview of programs planned for 2015 starting with the January 24 symposium. Registration for the symposium “Plant Natives 2015: The Living Landscape” is open on this website or you can pick up a brochure at the December 8th Holiday Potluck and register through the mail.
Also on tap for 2015 are field trips, hikes, member meetings and workshops. Stay tuned!