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Jonesborough: Arboretum Education
March 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Jonesborough Hosts Arboretum Education Session
The Town of Jonesborough maintains a state-certified, level-2 arboretum, in the heart of the Town. Named “Ardinna Woods” after the Celtic deity venerated as guardian of forests in ancient times, the arboretum hosts more than seventy tree species native to the Southern Appalachian region and a multitude of native shrubs and wildflowers which serve as hosts for eastern region butterflies.
Volunteers who help maintain the arboretum adopt single or multiple plots throughout the year come from a wide variety of backgrounds, some with prior experience in gardening and arboretum expertise, some without. All of them share a desire to learn more about native species plants and the important role they play in the environment.
When in season, the arboretum boasts blooms from the Tennessee Coneflower and fall-blooming Hearts-A-Bustin’ to Salvia and Anise-scented Sage. These are just a few examples of plants in the arboretum that play an important role to pollinators such as bees, beetles and butterflies.
Individuals who adopt a plot and work in the Arboretum have the added bonus of being able to take arboretum plants home as existing plants are thinned out in the plots. Some of the native species plants, despite being native to this area, can be difficult to locate in local nurseries.
Late winter/early spring cleanout is beginning and the Arboretum is looking for volunteers to adopt a plot for the 2019 calendar year. There will be an educational session and volunteer recruitment meeting for those interested in participating this season on March 16th at 9 am at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center. Lunch will be provided.
Those wishing to attend an education session and learn about volunteering can sign up on Facebook at the Ardinna Woods Arboretum page or by contacting Rachel Conger at email@example.com.