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Tennessee Conservationist Magazine

May-June 2015

Feature Article: 
Milkweed: Undoing the Stereotype

By Joy Stewart

Purple Milkweed. Photo by Joy Stewart.

The Milkweed family of plants is attractive and fascinating and plays a crucial role in the survival of one of our favorite butterflies, the Monarch. In the featured article for this issue, Master Gardener Joy Stewart of Bristol urges us all to take a fresh look at the characteristics of this plant group and discover some of its amazing features.


Flowers and vegetables will be available at the Wilson County Master Gardeners Spring Festival in Lebanon on May 9. Photo by Flo Moore.

Swing Into Spring With the Wilson County Master Gardeners

By Flo Moore

The month of May is a busy time for lovers of the outdoors with hikes, gardening and many activities. One event you might not want to miss is the Wilson County Master Gardener's Spring Festival set for May 9 at James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

If you love trees and plants, this event will have many options for programs you might want to attend as well as plants for sale you might be seeking. Master Gardener Flo Moore of Nashville writes about this event in the article "Swing Into Spring With the Wilson County Master Gardeners."


Guests on the Western Wallflower Cruise at Edgar Evins State Park. Photo by Holly Taylor.

Take a Western Wallflower Cruise

By Louise Zepp

May also brings the pairing of a wildflower viewing opportunity with a boat cruise at Edgar Evins State Park with the park's Western Wallflower Cruises. These cruises are offered May 18-24. Editor Louise Zepp is the author of "Take a Western Wallflower Cruise."


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Also In This Issue

  • Research at Frozen Head
  • Backyard Birds of Late Spring
  • Earthworms: Super-heroes or Super-villains?

In The Next Issue

  • Wolf River Conservancy: Protecting Wild Lands and Water in West Tennessee
  • The Work of the Generations are Drawn to the Drama "Liberty!"
  • Can You Be a 300,000-Miler?

About The Tennessee Conservationist

For more than seven decades, the award-winning Tennessee Conservationist has been dedicated to telling the stories of Tennessee’s natural, cultural and historical distinctiveness. In a cluttered media marketplace, this magazine continues to stand out by offering authentic Tennessee places, people and experiences through beautiful photography and engaging, informative articles. The magazine fulfills its purpose without receiving a state appropriation as it is totally funded through subscription revenue, non-commercial advertising for Tennessee State Parks and environmental programs plus gifts and donations from supporters. With continued strong support from our subscribers, we look forward to sharing more authentic Tennessee stories with you in the years to come.

Bob Martineau, Commissioner

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TheTennessee Conservationist is dedicated to promoting the mission of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to preserve, protect and wisely use the state's natural and cultural resources.

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Bill Haslam
Governor

Bob Martineau
TDEC Commissioner

Brock Hill
Parks and Conservation Deputy Commissioner

Shari Meghreblian
Environment and ConservationDeputy Commissioner

Louise Zepp
Editor

Jeff Law
Art Director/Designer