Field Trip to The Pocket at Pigeon Mtn

Field Trips

NFMGs, official "Friends of NFMGs", spouses, and unofficial friends of NFMGs are invited to attend our field trips. We hope you will join us! For more information contact

2019 Field Trips

 March 4, 2019 - Picadilly Farms Nursery and Gardens, Bishop GA

1941 Whippoorwill Rd, Bishop GA.

About the venue: Piccadilly is an amazing place.  It is a Specialty Retail and Wholesale Nursery with 5 acres of display gardens.   It is the largest Hellebores Nursery in the country.  But for us it may be all about the gardens and the shopping.   The assortment of gardens  include thousands of Hellebores, flowering bulbs and perennials, a large number of camellias and Japanese maples; natives including ferns, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees; and hundreds of types of conifers.  They are designed in an informal and natural way.  One of the objectives is to show mature specimen plants so you can  determine if it will  fit your garden . Check out the website.  There will be a short lecture or discussion before we start the tour.

RSVP by replying to  Jean Weed   404-823-1709 or Judy Peacock   404-701-3214 By February 23.  We will send out a list of those going with phone/email and directions

March 20 - Wildflowers of The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, La Fayette GA

The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, Georgia is considered to be among the finest areas for wildflowers in Georgia.  It is a part of the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and is home to the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail.


Past Field Trips

Even if you could not join us on these field trips, this will give you an idea of great gardens to visit.

Hills and Dales, LaGrange, GA - Historic house and garden

Fern Ridge Farm, Cedar Bluff, Alabama

Fern Ridge Farms is a small specialty nursery located in northeast Alabama, not far from Rome GA. Now, they are primarily a retail operation but do sell wholesale on a limited basis. Mostly a greenhouse they currently are growing 75 varieties of Hardy Garden Ferns. This is an opportunity to purchase some very unusual ferns.They also grow native fern companion plants including select annuals,perennials. We will be able to explore the greenhouses and purchase. In addition, Eleanor Craig will give us tips to planting and growing ferns. The trip takes about 2 hours, but the drive is quite scenic going through Appalachian Foothills

Georgia Tech  Horticulture Tour

This is a rare opportunity to see and learn about Sustainable Landscaping on a large scale.You will be surprised at all Tech has accomplished in the development of a sustainable landscape program. Check out this link see all that they do

Click here for photos from our trip: Georgia Tech Trip Photos

Wilkerson Mill, Palmetto, GA - Hydrangeas

Check out their website -

Click here for photos from our trip: Wilkerson Mill Trip Photos

 Lyndy Broder's Garden, Stockbridge, GA - Clematis

Join us for a tour of Lyndy Broder’s private garden. We are very fortunate to be able to visit this private garden and privileged to have Lyndy to lead our tour. She is an internationally recognized clematis expert who successfully grows more than 200 varieties of clematis in her Stockbridge, Ga. garden. She will share her garden and her knowledge of clematis and how to coax them to thrive in Georgia’s heat. A Master Gardener since 1997, Lyndy is a leading international authority on clematis and currently vice president-USA of the International Clematis Society. She wrote the section on Clematis for Allan Armitage’s book on Vines & climbers. “Although I now have several hundred clematis, my favorite clematis are the North American natives,” she says in her bio on the International Clematis Society website. I have painstakingly collected a dozen different species mostly from the Southeast.” Contact Judy Peacock if you would like to be part of this trip.

Cox Arboretum, Canton

Private estate with over 4,000 plants representing one of the largest private collections of temperate flora in the US.   Part is an old growth southern deciduous hardwood forest containing some which are more than 100 years old.  Also a large collection of conifers collected from all over the world.

Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens, Hiawassee

A botanical paradise with dogwoods, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wildflowers and one of the largest collections of hybrid rhododendrons in the state. Located on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.

University of Georgia Trial Gardens, Athens

The primary functions of the Gardens are research, teaching and introduction of new crops. The Gardens are an important resource for breeders, growers, retailers, landscapers and consumers. The newest varieties of annuals and perennials from all over the world are tested to find those that stand up best to the heat and humidity of the Southeast. For annuals the performance ratings are based on the number of flowers, color of leaves, uniformity of flowers and habit, resistance to disease and insects, and overall appearance.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Kennesaw GA

Smith-Gilbert is a collector's garden with a wide variety (more than 3000 species) of plant material, including different outdoor contemporary sculptures and the historic Hiram Butler House. Prior to being acquired by the city of Kennesaw, the estate was owned by Dr. Robert Gilbert, who purchased the home in 1970. During the next 35 years he and Richard Smith added the gardens and extensive sculpture collection. Unified by woodland paths, the Gardens consists of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination including the Bonsai exhibit, rose garden, conifer display, perennial
garden, tea house and waterfall area. Each area is complimented by thoughtfully positioned sculpture. A guided tour will include the Hiram Butler House ca 1880.

The Kinsey Farm, Gainesville GA

The Kinsey Family Farm is designed and operated to provide an enjoyable and exciting atmosphere for families located throughout north Georgia. They are a family owned operation growing trees, shrubs, Christmas trees and pumpkins.

During the autumn months the farm bustles with activity as they celebrate the fall harvest. These activities not only include daily educational field trips for local schools, but also hayrides throughout the farm, fish feeding, pumpkins, and a fantastic variety of fall harvest crops to wade through. Be sure to bring your camera and plenty of time to enjoy the cool fall breeze!

Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden, Decatur GA

This garden contains over 4000 species of native, rare and endangered to the Southeast and other areas of the US.  In addition is a section “Ferns of the World” that contains the largest selection of temperate zone ferns in the US.  George Sanko developer, current CEO and leading expert in native and drought tolerant plants will guide us on our tour of the garden.

Massee  Lane Gardens,  Fort Valley, GA

Home of American Camellia Society and over 1000 camellias.  This will be peak season for blooming.  A short course on Camellia Care will follow the tour.

South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson, SC 

Home to an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, a 70 acre arboretum, butterfly garden, wildflower meadow and specialty gardens which include many native plants.  This will also be the first day of their native plant sale.

Southern Highlands Reserve, Lake Toxaway, NC

Southern Highlands Reserve  is dedicated to sustaining the ecosystem of the Blue Ridge Mountains through preservation, cultivation and display of native plants of the area in their gardens.  At 4500 feet the flora emulates that found in the southern mountains.  Visit the web site to learn more about the specific gardens.