Town/Country Garden Club tours unique nature preserve

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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By Nelda Tarver.
The Town and Country Garden Club toured Briarwood, now officially known as the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve, located in a remote area of northeastern Natchitoches Parish on October 8, 2013. Caroline, who was affectionately known as “the Mother of the Forest,” considered her life’s work the collecting and nurturing of the native trees, shrubs and flowers of Louisiana and the Gulf Coastal Plain. She was world renown as a conservationist, botanist, artist, historian, author, student of Indian lore and collector of native plants. Today, visitors can come and enjoy the fascinating, peaceful beauty of the forest on a tram ride with Richard or Jessie Johnson as guides. The tram pulls up to a beautiful log cabin that was the last home built by Caroline and her sister. Built in 1950, the log cabin’s porch columns are made of tree trunks personally selected by them.
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