- 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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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.
Native Plants in Carrollton Parks and on the Greenbelt
Tuesday, February 20, Kent Johnston, Director of Parks for Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, will discuss the use and maintenance of native plants in Carrollton parks and along the GreenBelt. We gather at the Ag Ed Center at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7 pm. Free and open to the public.
Grand Opening of the Meadow Entrance to the Buffalo Creek Trail
Tuesday, April 17, In lieu of our regular bimonthly public meeting featuring a speaker, we will gather at the Meadow Entrance where the Buffalo Creek Trail meets the Carrollton GreenBelt. Come see the work that has been done to enhance what was once only a thicket of privet and an overgrown meadow. This area now features a kiosk, boardwalk, pollinator garden, rain garden, and birdhouses. Members of local organizations and government who have made our work possible will join us for this celebration. We will gather at 6:30 pm and begin our program at 7 pm. Details to be announced.
Mason Bees and Bumblebees
Tuesday, August 21, Becky Griffin, Community and School Garden Coordinator, Georgia Certified Beekeeper, Center for Urban Ag and UGA Extension - NW District. We gather at the Ag Ed Center at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7 pm. Free and open to the public.
( Illicium floridanum )
Florida Anise, Purple Anise, Stink-Bush, Star-Anise, taken on December 20, 2014.
Photo Credit: S Holland
Imagine walking along a path and brushing against a shrub and suddenly smelling an anise-like fragrance. You have encountered Illicium floridanum, Florida Anise. The leaves of this broad-leaved evergreen shrub are leathery, smooth, and shiny. When crushed or lightly brushed, they emit a pleasant fragrance. Although the main attraction is the fragrant evergreen foliage, Illicium floridanum has dark red star-shaped flowers that appear in the spring. The 2 inch diameter flowers are attractive, but they have a peculiar odor - like that of fish. So smell the leaves and not the flowers! Illicium floridanum 'Alba', White Florida Anise, has a creamy white flower and the same fragrant leaves.
The genus name of this native plant comes from the Latin word Illicium meaning allurement in reference to the aromatic properties of the plant's leaves. At first glance it is easy to see why Florida Anise was considered to be in the Magnolia family, but this is no longer correct and it is now placed in its own family Illiciaceae. Illicium floridanum's leaves, flowers, and seeds are toxic, unlike the culinary star-anise Illicium verum found in northeast Vietnam and southwest China.
Florida Anise is native to the Southeast in zones 7 - 10, and is protected in Florida as a threatened species. It prefers shade and moist soil, but can tolerate dryer and sunnier conditions if watered during prolonged dry spells. It naturally has a shrub-like form and can reach 10 to 12 feet in height. Florida Anise is easily propagated by seeds and cuttings. This shrub forms roots where lower branches touch the soil and these can be cut and dug for an easy way to obtain new plants.
Common uses for this plant include: Florida Anise is the perfect low maintenance evergreen shrub. Use to naturalize or in a rain garden. It doesn't require much pruning and is seldom bothered by insects or disease. Use as an informal screen or clip it into a formal hedge. Illicium floridanum can also be trimmed to form a multi-stemmed small specimen tree for use near a patio or in a small yard. Provides good cover for birds during the winter months. It is deer resistant.