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Stewartia Walk with Jack Johnston June 20 at Fires Creek

June 20, 2013
8:00 amto2:00 pm

The Wilderness Society and the Southern Appalachian Plant Society are co-hosting a field trip to see the rare native Mountain Camellia, Stewartia ovata, in flower with the bonus of identifying other wildflowers and birds.  A triple treat.

Join Stewartia expert Jack Johnston on Thursday, June 20th, for this trip—a great opportunity for photography, and to explore the Fires Creek Mountain Treasure Area (near Hayesville, NC).

Stewartia Ovata

Photo Courtesy of Jean Ron Hunnicut

The outing will depart from the Franklin K-Mart parking lot at 8:00am. Travel time to Hayesville will place the group at the walk site mid-morning. The walk will involve crossing creeks, so wading shoes are advised. This a great opportunity for photography.  Lunch can be either packed or hikers can wait and go out to a restaurant upon returning to Hayesville. To RSVP for this outing, e-mail Jill Gottesman.

Jack Johnston

Photo Courtesy of Jean Ron Hunnicut

More information:
Jack Johnston is a naturalist who has been hunting (and finding) native stewartias in the Jack JohnstonSoutheastern US for more than two decades.  He not only finds stewartias, he has also been collecting seeds, taking cuttings, propagating them, growing them, and giving them away; he’s been a virtual one-person Stewartia promotion society.  He is also much in demand for wildflower and bird walks.

SAPS member, Brent Martin, is Southern Appalachian Regional Director of The Wilderness Society, naturalist, poet, artist and friend of Jack Johnston.  His tribute to Jack in the 2011 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review, “Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend” is worth reading before the outing.

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