Tag: Wildflowers

  1. Video feature: An Early Spring Hike

    By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate We're happy to see that many of you have been enjoying our videos! Today I thought I would share a video from a hike I took two years ago with my husband and daughter. It was a cool day, and early spring wildflowers were just beginning to poke their way into the world. Birds were Read more...
  2. When the Writer in Residence is not…

    When the Writer in Residence is not… Note from Frances Figart, editor of Smokies LIVE and Smokies Life: Nature writer and photographer Sue Wasserman of Bakersville, North Carolina, was the winner of the second annual Steve Kemp Writer’s Residency. She was to arrive in the Smokies on April 3 and stay in the park for six weeks, visiting iconic park places and spending time with Read more...
  3. Video: Riverside stroll

    Video: Riverside stroll Enjoy another favorite from our video collection, this riverside stroll among wildflowers captured by GSMA's Valerie Polk in 2012. Praise for Smokies LIVE Since we sent out Wednesday’s Eblast of the week’s Smokies LIVE articles, messages like the ones below have been pouring in about how much people are enjoying—and Read more...
  4. Science at Sugarlands Features Wildflowers

    Science at Sugarlands Features Wildflowers

    By Frances Figart

    You couldn’t pick a more perfect month than May to head out on the trails to spot wildflowers. to help you learn more about them, Discover Life in America will host Wildflowers: Gems of the Smokies at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Friday, May 17, from 1–3 p.m.

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  5. Gearing up, Branching out

    Roaring Fork early spring photo by Gary Wilson

    Every spring people flock to the Smokies to view our park’s spectacular displays of wildflowers that begin blooming at the lower elevations and creep uphill as the temperatures warm and days grow longer.

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  6. Please don't pick our wildflowers

    Every year, visitors from all over the world travel to the Smoky Mountains to view our park's wildflowers. My favourite, Indian Pink, are blooming now at Sugarlands Visitor Center!

    Learning to identify wildflowers is just one way of enjoying the native flora of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wildflower photography, learning about folk and medicinal uses of wild plants, connecting with the cultural history of the Smokies, and using native plants as a source for artistic inspiration are some of the activities wildflower enthusiasts and aspiring naturalists enjoy. 

    Some even desire to reproduce the beauty of this park in their own home gardens by self-propagating. Others want to pick a flower and save it as a reminder of their visit. Just last week, I saw an Instagram photo of someone with yellow trillium in their hair. All of these are considered poaching – unlawful acts that do great damage to the delicate ecosystem within our park. So I beg you, do not pick wildflowers! 

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