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“Mountaintop Forest Garden” tour of Southern Highlands Reserve for Oconee Bell Chapter members

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“Research is part of what they do at Southern Highlands Reserve. Come take a walk through an extraordinary and ever-changing forest laboratory.”

High above the lakes of Western North Carolina — with a stunning panoramic view of the mountains spanning the Blue Ridge Parkway — Southern Highlands Reserve showcases native plants and the rare ecology of high-elevation Southern Appalachian forests. The garden, part of 120 acres protected by the North American Land Trust, is designed to uphold and honor the spirit of the land. Their work, research, and partnerships at Southern Highlands Reserve (SHR) help preserve threatened species.

This May 2 tour of SHR will be the inaugural garden tour of the newly formed Oconee Bell Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society Chapter, serving the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and its surrounding areas. Attendance is limited and priority will be given to NCNPS members. A waiting list will be maintained.

This private tour is priced at $50 per person with a cap of 20 participants for SHR staff to lead you on a personalized journey through the garden. Access to nature, beautiful landscapes, to wild places and far-reaching vistas — is important, and SHR is committed to creating those opportunities. At our meeting place, please come prepared to pay $50 per participant by cash or check (payable directly to Southern Highlands Reserve). Parking is limited so we will set a 9:30 AM meeting place to car pool in groups for the drive up Toxaway Mountain, which is steep. Watch for an email with details, whether you are on the waiting list or a confirmed participant, one week before the tour.


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May 02 2024


at 9:30 am EST meet to car pool for a 10 am tour
9:30 am - 1:30 pm



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