Outdoors roundupWritten by Admin
Reap and share — what you sow at the Cullowhee garden
Sign up is underway for plots in the Cullowhee Community Garden, an all-organic community garden.
Individual garden plots are free in exchange for donating half of what you grow to local food relief agencies for the needy.
The garden provides the earth, tools, materials, and equipment, while gardeners provide the seeds, plants and labor. Plots are 15-by-30 feet or 15-by-15 feet.
Volunteers are also needed, with workdays held Wednesday afternoons (times vary by season) and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
It is a project of the Jackson County Health Department and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department.
Sprouting seeds demystified
Get a jump on the spring planting season with a workshop on starting your own seeds indoors from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville.
Jim Janke, a Haywood County Master Gardener, will cover the why and how and starting plants from seeds.
The art of Japanese flower arrangements
A talk about Ikebana, a Japanese discipline of formal floral arranging that is both simple and elegant in nature, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Lake Junaluska.
The Tuscola Garden Club will host Lucy Rouse, who took up the hobby of Ikebana in retirement. There are specific rules and guidelines for creating these beautiful artistic arrangements, an art form developed in ancient times by Buddhist monks as a part of their worship rituals.
Held at the at the Bethea Welcome Center. 828.452.7176.
Rabies forum in Macon County
The Macon County Board of Health will host a public forum regarding the continuation of rabies vaccination clinics. The public forum will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Macon County Human Services Building. The forum will feature information regarding the spread of rabies, current rabies vaccination clinics, and reporting requirements for animal bites.
Biodiversity conference to feature bat specialist
World-renowned bat specialist Merlin D. Tuttle will be the featured speaker at the 17th anniversary of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) Conference that will be held March 20-22 at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Tuttle is founder and president emeritus of Bat Conservation International. The ATBI being conducted in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an effort to inventory all species that exist the park. The park is considered by scientists to be one of the most biodiverse places in North America.
For more information call 865.430.4757 or visit www.dlia.org.
Discover the national park in your own backyard
Explore the science, ecology and history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through the eyes of park rangers during a series of guided all-day outings this spring.
“Experience Your Smokies” gives the public a rare insider’s look at park operations, from tracking elk to scientific research at various locales on the trips on the North Carolina side of the park like Cataloochee Valley, Deep Creek, Oconaluftee, Clingmans Dome, and Purchase Knob.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this unique experience which allows each participant the chance get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said Acting Superintendent Pedro Ramos. “Not only does it give our rangers a chance to share their knowledge about this special place, it also allows our neighbors a chance to share their experiences as we better connect our community.”
The program is supported by the Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountain Association.
Participants attend four outings on Tuesdays between March 25 and May 6, plus Saturday, May 17.
Space is limited to 25. Cost is $50. www.friendsofthesmokies.org/events.html or 828.452.0720.