Sewanee Herbarium Fall Calendar of Events

Mountain Goat Trail Wildflower Walk

Saturday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m., Yolande Gottfried

Meet at the trailhead at the intersection of Hawkins Lane and Hwy. 41-A (the Gardeners’ Market area). Late summer wildflowers are in bloom. Time and distance will be determined by the participants. This is an easy paved trail-see for more information on the trail.

IONA: Art Sanctuary Readings

Fri., Sept. 22, 5 p.m., Yolande Gottfried and Tues., Oct. 31, 5 p.m. Robin Gottfried

Yolande and Robin have been invited to join other contributors at these readings. Yolande will share some of her Nature Notes. Robin will read from various writings on nature and religion. The reading is free and all are welcome. IONA: Art Sanctuary is located off TN Hwy. 56 South, on Garnertown Road, 2.8 miles outside of Sewanee, Tennessee.

Abbo’s Alley

Sat., October 7, 2:30 p.m., Mary Priestley and Yolande Gottfried

A Family Weekend tradition! (But note change in meeting time.) Meet at the corner of University and Georgia Avenues (at the flashing light) near the arboretum kiosk for this one-hour easy walk in the Abbott Cotten Martin Ravine Garden. The Garden is a lovely mix of native and cultivated plants, and the ravine is steeped in Sewanee history. There are a surprising number of things to see and learn on this familiar trail. All are welcome to join in the walk.

A Place on the Domain—First in a Series of “Plant Presentations”

Wed. Nov. 8, 7:00 p.m., Jon Evans

This presentation will trace the complex natural and cultural history of a 30-acre tract known as the “King Farm” on the Domain. This site was the location of one of the first homesteads in the Sewanee area in the early 1800’s and the talk will reveal a 200-year progression of different land uses that occurred at this improbable, remote place and how this unique land use history shaped the forest that we see there today. Meet in Spencer 172 (building entrance across from duPont Library, then first hallway on the left).

Botanical Watercolor Workshop

Sat., Nov. 11, 9:00 a.m.- Jack Baggenstoss

Meet at the Sewanee Herbarium for a morning of watercolor painting indoors with this accomplished artist whose work may be seen at the South Cumberland State Park Visitors’ Center among other places. The workshop is free and open to people of any experience level and participants are encouraged to take more or less instruction as they choose. Bring your own materials.

Nature Journaling

A group meets for nature journaling Thursday mornings 9-11. Come try it out – stick with it if you like. Bring an unlined journal (or a few sheets of unlined paper) and a pen or pencil. No experience needed. As the seasons transition, we gather in different places, so email for info on the meeting place.



All times are CST or CDT.

Wear appropriate shoes on all walks. Risks involved in hiking include physical exertion, rough terrain, forces of nature, and other hazards not present in everyday life. Picking flowers and digging plants are prohibited in all natural areas. For more information on these or other Sewanee Herbarium events, please contact Mary Priestley at Directions are available on the herbarium under the calendar of events.

A map of meeting place locations is available at



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