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Upstate: Boggs Rock field trip for Rare Spring Ephemerals

April 14 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday, April 14, 9:30 – 1:00 ish

Field Trip: Boggs Rock for Rare Spring Ephemerals

Leader: Dan Whitten

This is a “Local Hidden Gems” field trip. We will visit Boggs Rock, a granite outcrop in Liberty, SC, and then travel to Pickens to see the native plant garden surrounding the county museum

— with the possibility of an optional add-on to visit the nearby Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve!


Boggs Rock is a unique site hidden away just off Hwy. 178. In the spring, pools of water form in the rock depressions and briefly support plants such as Elf Orpine (Diamorpha smallii), a beautiful red stonecrop. An array of lichen, mosses, ragwort, and larger plants manage to thrive in the cracks, bare rock, and thin soils of the outcrop.

We will then drive to Pickens to the Pickens County Museum where NPS and Master Gardener volunteers maintain a lovely native plant garden. This is an opportunity to see how you can use native plants in your own landscape. The garden will be full of blooms in April. The museum will also be open for touring.

Parking is limited at the Boggs Rock site. Please meet at the Pickens County Museum at 9:30 am to form carpools to drive the 7 miles to Liberty and then back.

Wear field clothing and shoes. Bring water and a snack or lunch, if you wish. There are outdoor benches at the museum where we can eat.

The Pickens County Museum is at 307 Johnson St, Pickens, SC 29671, on Hwy 178 two blocks south of Main St.

Email  [email protected]  to reserve your space.


April 14
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Pickens County Museum
307 Johnson Street
Pickens, SC 29671 United States
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