cool pyrogenic garden trips

April 4, 2015 Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society field trips, Eunice, Louisiana See first-hand, prairie gardens planted 25 years ago by pioneering volunteers from ancient remnants of the Coastal Tall grass Prairie of Louisiana. Enjoy these 15 acres of gardens burned after a two year hiatus. It’ll be peak season for viewing this diverse number of rare spring blooming species. Tens of thousands of False Indigo flowers is enough to create a visual sensation. Blue Stars and Prairie Parsley and Allium, Oh, My!! Thanks to our Society controlled-burn volunteers, a fine fire was had in February and the prairie gardens should be a sight to see.
April 25, 2015 –Spring Field Trip-Silky Camellia Walk, Meadowmakers Prairie Gardens, Henleyfield, Pearl River County, Mississippi These fields contain over 50 experimental plots with conservative native grass and wildflower plantings ranging from 1 to 15 years old. In late April, its still early for prairie plants but there should be Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa and Silphium asteriscus, Rosinweed in bloom and Coreopsis lanceolata and Coreopsis tomentosa, too! Coral Bean should be fully emerged. In full-blazing-glory should be five species Baptisia and a large patch containing many Baptisia spherocarpa natural hybirds. We’ll demonstrate the condition of differently timed controlled burns, done in October, March and hopefully one or two small areas burned just before the field trip. We’ll take a quick look at prairie garden plantings and when we’re done, we’ll do a carpool trip just a few miles to the east to the Old River Wildlife Area, to Lipkin Hill Botanical Area, to see ancient Magnolias Pyramidata and Macrophylla and possibly (hopefully, if I’ve timed it right) the Native Camellia, Stewartia malacodendron will be in full bloom. Lipkin Hill is in the Old River Wildlife Management Area, situated on a steep west and north-facing slope that drops into a idyllic backwater Tupelo-Cypress swamp. This is the most southern population of these Appalachian remnant plants along the Pearl River, with Stewartia, Big Leaf Magnolia, Pyramid Magnolia, present and accounted for.   limited to 20 people, contact Marc meadowmakers@gmail.com
July 4, 2015 -Inaugural Pine Prairie Field Trip-Covington Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail Native Plant Walk The City of Covington, Louisiana, the Keep Covington Beautiful organization, John Mayronne, Landscape Architect, and Pastorek Habitats have collaborated to establish new pyrogenic plant exhibit areas at the Nature Trail. This will be the first field trip since our first-ever controlled burn was conducted this spring. The burn will no-doubt produce some beautiful Fourth of July vegetation of this ancient remnant of Pine-Bluegrass landscape. Come and join landscape architects Priscilla Floca and John Mayronne, Marc Pastorek, other folks who have been instrumental in establishing and managing this natural landscape Park, within the Covington Recreation Complex, north of town. Marc Pastorek, landscape architect John Mayronne and other designers and naturalists will lead the group on a plant+wildlife-learning tour.
July 18th, 2015 -Summer Field Trip-Meadowmakers Prairie Gardens, Henleyfield, Pearl River County, Mississippi Join us during peak summer flowering time to see this unique prairie garden in its fifteenth year of existence. In the winter of 1998, Marc began planting this ten acre field from hand collected seed. Over fifty seeded exhibits using different prairie and pine herbaceous species combinations have been established and curated for over the last fifteen years, with some particularly notable discoveries made. Come and bare the summer heat to view first-hand what can be done with prairie seed to build new natural botanical-garden areas -natural meadow landscapes. Over 100 species of native prairie wildflowers and grasses will be on display. Marc will be there to lead the tour and to answer questions. He’ll also be commenting on the different approaches used to establish, manage and conserve these precious rare plant gardens. A new feature of the field trip this year is the “crop circles” Marc designed into one area of the garden. He has mowed an angular grid into one of the prairie areas, demonstrating design through extraction. limited to 20 people, contact Marc, meadowmakers@gmail.com

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