Center for Cedar Glade Studies

IN MEMORY: Dr. Elsie Quarterman died peacefully in her sleep June 9, 2014. She was the first plant ecologist to systematically study limestone cedar glades. The Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Dr. Elsie Quarterman is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10 am, at her church, Westminster Presbyterian, 3900 West End Ave, in Nashville, TN.  There will be a reception at the church, following the service. Elsie said many times that she greatly appreciated the way many different groups mingled to work to preserve, protect, and enjoy plants and the environment they are part of. The family hopes that the service and reception will continue that mingling which she so enjoyed. In lieu of flowers the family is asking people to donate, in her memory, to Friends of Radnor Lake, Friends of Warner Parks, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nature Conservancy, MTSU Center for Cedar Glade Studies, or any other group dedicated to enjoying and preserving plants and their environment.

Please join us NEXT year, May 1 and 2, 2015, for the Research Roundtable and Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival.  These were the Spring, 2014 events:

Friday, May 2, 2014 - Cedar Glade Research Roundtable & Evening Program
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
1:00pm to 4:30pm Research Roundtable, Assembly Hall
7:00pm to 8:00pm Cedar Forest Lodge.  Rita Venable, presentation titled: Butterflies of Tennessee 

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival 
Cedars of Lebanon State Park 
(To see a sample of the weekend, click here for May 2 & 3, 2014 schedule of events)
Hikes began at 7am with a bird walk and continue throughout the day until 7pm with an Owl Prowl and a Frog Frolic.

Limestone cedar glades are globally unique and fragile habitats found primarily in Middle Tennessee. Viewed historically as wastelands, they support a plant community of highly specialized species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.  (Slideshow photographs by Darel Hess.)

 

What are the cedar glades?

Research on the cedar glades

Teaching from the cedar glades

Preserving the cedar glades

What is the Center for Cedar Glade Studies?

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