Field Trips

Georgia State University Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden Tour, Talk & Annual Plant Sale
Friday, May 3 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for a fabulous day at the GSU Perimeter College Native Plant Garden where we will enjoy a tour of the gardens followed by a talk on “Native American Herbs of the Southeast” led by Jim Rodgers. You are welcome to bring your lunch and enjoy on the grounds following the Native Herbs talk or stop at the native plant sale.

Georgia State University Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden Tour, Talk & Annual Plant Sale

3251 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, GA 30034 near the intersection of Flat Shoals & 285
Join us for a fabulous day at the GSU Perimeter College Native Plant Garden where we will enjoy a tour of the gardens followed by an exclusive presentation on “Native American Herbs of the Southeast” led by native plant specialist Jim Rodgers. You are welcome to bring your lunch and enjoy on the grounds following the Native Herbs talk or stop at the native plant sale.

Plant Sale Hours are 10am – 2pm.
The college plant sales support most of the garden’s daily needs. Their inventory consists mainly of plants native to Georgia. Plants propagated here are rarely, if ever, treated with pesticides. Their primary treatment for pests include soap and water mix, lady bug application and insecticidal soap. They intend for their plants to be appropriate for pollinator gardens as well as serve as a food source for native insects.
Please note they are only able to accept CASH or CHECK at this time.
The garden is located on the Decatur campus of Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. The grounds are situated in a flood plain near a tributary of the South River creek. There are two main garden areas – the Native Plant Botanical Garden and the Ferns of the World. The Native Plant Garden features several areas including shade and sun perennials and shrubs. Many trails wind through our shade gardens. There are over 4000 species of native, rare, and endangered plants indigenous to the Southeast and US. Also featured in the Garden is the Ferns of the World exhibit which has been expanded several times. The Garden has bog plants, native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, and perennial plants. Read more at http://sites.gsu.edu/pcnativegarden

Our speaker Jim Rogers is the co-owner of Nearly Native Nursery in Fayetteville, GA.
Nearly Native Nursery is a specialty nursery that promotes, sells, and propagates southeastern native plants for all types of landscapes. We offer a wide variety of native southeastern plant life not found in your typical garden center. Native plants offer a tough, verastile and beautiful alternative with lower maintenance to the imported , more exotic general nursery stock. Native plants are more suitable to local water, soil and pest conditions. Many of these native plants also serve as food for beautiful songbirds as well as hosts for many species of butterflies and moths. Once established, native plants can tough out drought and water restrictions that many other plants are unable to tolerate. There is always a native alternative to an exotic plant, and many times, the native species will be a much more interesting and spectacular specimen. Specific site requirements, such as low, soggy ground, or steep, dry slopes can become beautiful focal points with the right native plants in place.

The tour will begin at 10:00 am. Only GMGA members may participate, so if you are not currently a member, please join GMGA now and enjoy this beautiful garden tour.