Chapter Meetings
  • Unless otherwise noted, Chapter Board and Public Meetings are held in the Carrollton Ag Center.
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  • The general public is welcome at all Public Meetings.
  • Chapter members are welcome at all Chapter Board Meetings.

Past Activities and Project Workdays
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Chapter Fundraising
The West Ga Chapter of GNPS has items for sale to raise funds to support activities and projects. Please take a look at our Chapter Fundraising page to learn more.

Other Organization Activities
From time to time, other organizations may have an activity that will be of interest to the Chapter members. To view these activities, please visit the Other Events page.

Annual Business Meeting
Tuesday, December 19, Gather 6:30 Pm, Program 7 Pm. We will vote on the slate of nominees for the 2018 Board of Directors and discuss 2017 accomplishments and plans for 2018. We will also have our "twig identification" contest, with the winner receiving a free year's membership. Christmas snacks will be available. Come join the cheer.

Magnolia virginiana
    ( Magnolia        virginiana )
Sweetbay Magnolia, Silver Bay, Swamp Bay, taken on June 12, 2013.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland

Sweetbay Magnolia is a graceful evergreen to semi-evergreen, wide columnar tree, growing to a mature height of 15 to 45 feet. This member of the Magnoliaceae family seems to glimmer in the wind due to the whitish-gray undersides of the leaves, thus giving it the common name of Silver Bay. Sweetbay is a more petite version of the familiar Magnolia grandiflora, distinguished by its smaller flowers, and smaller, thinner leaves.

In Georgia, Magnolia virginiana usually retains its leaves throughout the winter, but north of zone 7 it becomes a deciduous tree. Thus this native stands out in the Georgia winter habitat when many trees and shrubs have lost their leaves. The creamy-white, lemon-scented flowers appear from May through September, and are followed by small red seeds which are used by a variety of wildlife.

Sweetbay grows in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist, rich, organic soils and tolerates wet and boggy soils. Because of its soil preferences, it is found along streams and swamps.

Common uses for this plant include: Excellent specimen tree for lawns or tall multi-stemmed shrub for shrub borders. Use in foundation plantings, near patios or on the periphery of woodland areas. Will grow in wet soils such as those found in low spots or near pondsstreams.

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