Crosby Arboretum/ Meadowmakers’ field trip

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A native plant field trip has been organized for May 17, 2014, to the Meadowmakers Farm in the Henleyfield Community, Pearl River County, Mississippi and to the Crosby Arboretum satellite natural area, the Hillside Bog, in Harrison County, just five miles east of the town of Picayune, Ms. The trip will be lead by Heather Sullivan, Herbarium Curator and Botanist at the Mississippi Museum of Natural History and Marc Pastorek, Owner of Meadowmakers Seed Farm.

Meadowmakers’ Farm is a twelve acre privately owned property containing over fifty experiments using local-provenance seed to establish native wildflower plantings in 1999, 2000, 2001. The plantings showcase the practical methods used to convert an on old Bahia grass pasture into high conservatism wildflowers and grasses, restoring the regionally local native grassland ecosystems and the soil hydrology. This twelve acre planting is the oldest of its type in Mississippi and in eastern Louisiana. Single-species plantings, combination-species plantings, and diverse prairie plantings, all using wild-collected, local provenance seed, are exhibited and on display at the farm.

We’ll then visit one the Crosby’s most popular field trip destinations, the Hillside Bog natural area, which includes upland pine associations along with fire-managed pitcher plant bog and then end up at the very picturesque, sugar-sand lined Catahoula Creek.

We will start at 9:00 and finish at 11:00 or so at Meadowmakers. We will then depart, heading south to get lunch on our own in the Picayune area and then reassemble at the Crosby to depart for the Bog at 12:30 sharp. We should be finished at the bog about 2:30 or so.

Last year we burned late at the Crosby bog and although we didn’t have the “wow” factor of the of the bog display, we still saw the 7 carnivorous species listed below:

Pinguicula pumila  blue butterwort
Utricularia subulata  zig zag bladderwort
Sarracenia alata    yellow pitcher
Sarracenia psittacina     parrot pitcher
Drosera intermedia    dwarf sundew
Drosera brevifolia    spoonleaf sundew
Drosera capillaris   pink sundew

We hope to see you there!

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