I have been reading an interesting article by Jerry and Carol Baskin(1) professors and Cedar Glade plant experts. They wrote that "historically (1851 to 2003) the use of "cedar glade" and other terms by numerous botanists, soil scientists, zoologists and other researchers had been applied to the rocky openings/red-cedar/red-cedar/hardwood/hardwood forest complex primarily on the thin bedded Lebanon limestone but also on the thick bedded Ordovocian limestones. They go on to say, that now, cedar glade, limestone glade and and limestone-cedar glade increasingly are being used by plant ecologists and botanists for the rocky openings only. "
So prior to this article folks of all ilks, (i.e. scientists and dirt gardeners like me) used the term cedar glade to include some of the shrubby, red-cedar, forested areas that they studied, lived and gardened on. But now cedar glade is clearly a rocky, gravelly or grassy opening that might be surrounded by red-cedar forests or red-cedar/hardwood forests.
Clearly, I can no longer say I garden on cedar glady land or with cedar glade soil conditions without confusing people! Oh, phooey, I really liked that description. It seemed simple and clear to me! I will have to say something like this, " Hello, I garden on clay and limestone, like everyone else in the Central Basin, Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee."
1. History of the Use of "Cedar Glade" and Other Descriptive Terms for Vegetation on Rocky Limestone Soils in the Central Basin of Tennessee; Jerry Baskin and Carol Baskin; Issued 30 December 2004. The Botanical Review, The New York Botanical Garden
2. Photo courtesy of Tennessee.gov Division of Natural Areas http://www.state.tn.us/environment/na/natareas/couchville/