Ila's Accomplishments

AWARDFWSpeaking Engagements

  • Alabama Forestry Commission
  • Wilderness Wildlife Week – Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Ethnobotany of the Cherokee– Great Smoky Mtn Natural History Assoc.
  • Power Point Presentation for THE PALACE theater – Maryville, TN
  • Cradle of Forestry – Brevard, NC
  • Native Plant Conference – Western Carolina University
  • Callaway Gardens Herb Day –Georgia
  • All Cultures Day – U.S. Forest Service
  • Earth Day Kick-Off Southeast Community College – Whiteville, NC
  • Dogwood Festival Home Show– Knoxville, TN
  • Great Smoky Mtn Herb Society Herb Festival – Knoxville, TN
  • Wellness Week – Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN
  • Audubon Society – Tallahassee, FL

TV Appearances

  • A&E Documentary: “In the Shadow of Cold Mountain”
  • UNC-TV (PBS) “Folkways” Host for two new shows: “From Seeds to Supper” and “Wildwood Produce”
  • CNN/Next @ CNN
  •  NBC/TODAY Show
  • Turner Broadcasting/Turner South
  • Bob Caldwell Show – Asheville, NC
  • Lunch On The Wild Side – Knoxville
  • Live At Five –Knoxville, TN
  • Evening News – Tallahassee, FL
  • Public TV– Whiteville, TN
  • “Style” – WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN
  • UNC TV – “Folkways” series / David Holt
  • RFD TV –national  rural PBS

Ila Featured in Publications

  • Atlanta Constitution
  • Our State Magazine (NC)
  • Country Magazine
  • Mid-Atlantic Country
  • Blue Ridge Magazine
  • New Living Magazine (NY)
  • U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Vacation Drives of 1998”
  • Diversions Magazine
  • American Herb Association Newsletter
  • Asheville Citizen-Times
  • Graham Star
  • Maryville Daily Times
  • Chattanooga Free Press
  • Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Tallahassee Democrat  

Positions Held

  • Charter Board Member – Yellow Creek Botanical Institute, Western North Carolina
  • Board Member –Fla. Native Plant Society
  • Great Smoky Mountain Association

Workshop Instructor

  • John C. Campbell Folk School-Brasstown, NC
  • Univ. of Tenn. Non-Credit Classes
  • UT Great Smoky Mtn Field School
  • Great Smoky Mtn Environmental Institute at Tremont
  •  Smithsonian Tours
  • Tennessee Aquarium: Catered 1840’s Dinner, Wildflower Luncheon
  • Appalachian Cultural Center– Dillard, GA
  • The Mountain Retreat & Conference Center at Highlands, NC
  • Junaluska Assembly – Elderhostels
  • Western Carolina Univ. Elderhostels
  • Folk Medicine Festival – Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee
  • Ijams Nature Center – Knoxville, TN
  • Wildflower Mountain Resort– Gatlinburg, TN
  • Snowbird Mountain Lodge – Robbinsville, NC
  • Fontana Village Resort– Fontana Dam, NC
  • North Carolina Arboretum

Articles and Videos

  • Wildcrafting – Knoxville Outside
  • Mad Hatter’s Tea & Cookies – Wild Foods Forum
  • Recipes –Roadside Rambles by Ila Hatter
  • The Dandelion Cookbook by Dr. Peter Gail
  • Produced the video series “Wild Edibles & Medicinals of Southern Appalachia”
  • Co-produced “The Dialects of NC” for UNC State
  • Co-produced “Women of These Hills ll” for the Cradle of Forestry
  • Hosted the video “Mountain Kitchen” produced by the Great Smoky Mtn Natural History Association.

Special Projects

Coordinator of Biodiversity Collection for the Great Smoky Mtn exhibit in the Gateway Regional Visitors Center – Knoxville, TN

Special Consultant on period medical botany for the CBS TV series “Christy”

Edited “Plants of the Cherokee” published by the Great Smoky Mountain Association