MAMMOTH SPRING -- Being the plant and flower person she is, Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace is excited the fall meeting of the Arkansas Native Plant Society and their field trips will be held the weekend of Oct. 24 in Mammoth Spring.
"It has been several years since the group has met in the north part of the state for the fall meeting, so, we will have a chance to see the diversity of fall wildflowers and fall foliage on display," said society president Staria Vanderpool.
Pace said the area will offer some interesting sights for the fall meeting. "We have natural features of the region including forested (cedar) glades, open glades, upland oak hickory forest and woodlands, as well as prairie and wetlands," she said.
The Arkansans Native Wetland Society fall meeting will feature the aquatic wetland plants along the Spring River and plants of Rock Creek Natural Area which includes a series of calcareous seep-fen and dolomite glade plant communities associated with Rock Creek.
In a newsletter sent by Vanderpool, it said Rock Creek contained one of the highest concentration of rare plant species in Arkansas and includes examples of one of the rarest plant communities, calcareous fens.
There will be several field trips planned for the weekend, including walking the paved trails of Mammoth Spring State Park, to looking at plants along the Spring River.
There is a plant auction planned for Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church in Mammoth Spring.
The informal auction will offer plants grown by the society. There will also be items such as books, seeds, garden tools and carved wood items featured at the auction.
Vanderpool said all funds raised from the auction will go to support the scholarship and research activities by young botanists studying Arkansas plants.