Our 2017 Annual Conference was held at Bersheba Springs on June 9-11. The weather was clear and warm, which made for a beautiful spring conference with plenty of lovely flowers to be seen. On Friday evening we had an informal gathering before dinner, which was followed by Dr. Ken McFarland's talk about "Mosses are plants too!" Dr. McFarland was a professor of biology, and lab and greenhouse manager at UT-Knoxville until he recently retired. It was an intriguing talk that had us all looking at mosses very differently on our Saturday morning hike which was also led by Dr. McFarland. Many thanks Dr. McFarland for educating us plant folks about a group of plants that we tend to overlook.
The Saturday afternoon hike was led by Todd Crabtree. We searched for white fringeless orchid habitat and other orchids of the plateau top. Lots of interesting finds, including pink ladies slippers with spent blooms. After another delicious dinner we gathered for a brief business meeting followed by an informative talk by David Lincicome on “Capacity Building for Plant Conservation: Establishment of a Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA).” David Lincicome is the Heritage Program Manager for Tennessee and spoke about efforts to form a PCA in Tennessee.
Sunday folks either departed after breakfast or attended the TNPS Board meeting. All in all a well attended and enjoyable conference.