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Wildflower pilgrimage begins

Wildflower pilgrimage begins

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:01 pm

KNOXVILLE  (AP) — Tuesday marked the start of the 61st Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Organizers expect up to 1,000 participants to explore plant and animal life through Sunday. More than 140 guided walks and indoor presentations are scheduled during the next five days.
One-hundred fifteen professionals will guide participants through the region’s rich wildflowers, fauna, ecology and cultural and natural history.
The pilgrimage is led by the University of Tennessee. Other organizers include the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the City of Gatlinburg Department of Tourism, the Friends of the Smoky Mountains National Park, the Gatlinburg Garden Club, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.

Published in The Messenger 4.28.11

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