Ferns of Tennessee
Tennessee is home to many native ferns, as well as some undesirable invasives; but many amateur and even professional botanists can find it difficult to distinguish one fern from another. On Thursday, March 8, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will host a presentation on "Ferns of Tennessee" by TVA Botanical Specialist Patricia Cox. Dr. Cox will explain the terminology associated with ferns' structure and will discuss the most common ferns in Tennessee, the rarest ferns in the state, and invasive fern species. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the A/B Room at the Oak Ridge Civic Center.
Dr. Cox is currently working on the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) project in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, mapping fern species in the Smokies. A member of the American Fern Society, she has given talks to several southeastern garden clubs, native plant societies and botanical gardens, and has served as a field trip leader for the American Fern Society’s national meetings in Knoxville and Mobile.
For additional information on TCWP events, contact Executive Director Sandra K. Goss at Sandra@sandrakgoss.comor (865) 583-3967.