Conservation of Trillium at Swan Woods: A Partnership

By Jenny Cruse Sanders, V.P. of Conservation and Research at Atlanta Botanical Garden

There are more than 20 species of Trillium native to Georgia. These beautiful native wildflowers are an important part of the natural heritage of forested landscapes throughout the southeastern U.S. Several species of Trillium have become rare due to habitat loss. Piedmont forests in particular, such as those in the metro Atlanta region, have lost many of the native species of wildflowers, including Trillium, as a result of habitat fragmentation and invasion of non-native plants (English ivy, privet, and kudzu). Swan Woods at the Atlanta History Center provides a premiere example of native piedmont forest in the metro Atlanta area. Over the years Swan Woods has undergone a restoration resulting from removal of non-native invasive species and establishment of native plant species. Swan Woods is a natural resource for the public to experience a North American piedmont forest. It is a place for visitors to enjoy and learn about native plant species. This project seeks to support these objectives through establishment of Trillium populations in Swan Woods for conservation, education, and enjoyment, arid to underscore the relevance of this area for promoting harmony for people and the natural environment. This project will also build partnership between the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Atlanta History Center, and the Peachtree Garden Club. Since 1967 the Peachtree Garden Club has promoted restoration and conservation in Swan Woods and has worked to provide important opportunities for the public and for students to experience nature in it as a 10 acre outdoor ecological laboratory.