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Friday, May 08, 2015

NC Native Plant Society 2015 Spring Trip: May 8–10, 2015 - Spring on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Our Spring 2015 trip will be hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC. This part of the Parkway is a very diverse area rich in species. On Saturday there will be two separate hikes with groups switching between the two. Near lunchtime we will stop at the Pisgah Inn for a bathroom break and a chance to visit the gift shop, and our lunch will be a picnic along the Parkway. On Sunday we will go north on the Parkway and visit Craggy Gardens.

The southern Appalachians are considered by The Nature Conservancy to be a worldwide hot spot of diversity, and they are a true delight in the spring, when many of the spring ephemerals bloom. We can expect to see Jack-in-the-pulpit, Bloodroot, Clinton’s Lily, Pink Lady’s-slipper, Yellow Lady’s-slipper, Umbrella-leaf, Large Solomon’s-seal, Spotted Mandarin, and a variety of ferns, to name a few. Depending on the weather bloom times can vary by weeks, so we will be scouting the trails ahead of time to make sure we visit sites with the most variety. Right now we are planning a hike near the Ferrin Knob tunnels and another on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail located at the Big Ridge Overlook.

Our hike leaders will be Dr. Larry Mellichamp, botanist and retired Director of the UNCC Botanical Garden; Ed Schwartzman, NC Natural Heritage Field Botanist; Mark Rose, retired nurseryman and plant expert; and Tom Ferguson, botanist working with the NC Natural Heritage Program.

Our speaker on Friday night will be Dr. Stephanie Jeffries, a forest ecologist who is on the faculty at North Carolina State University; she also teaches classes at the Highlands Biological Station and the NC Botanical Garden. Dr. Jeffries co-authored (with Thomas Wentworth) Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia (see a review in this newsletter). Copies of the books will be available for sale.

On Saturday night we will hold our annual Plant Auction, so start potting up those plants soon!

We will be staying at Lutheridge, a camp and conference center located in Arden, NC, a short distance from Asheville. Lutheridge is a beautiful center with hiking trails, many trees, and a tranquil setting. We hope that people will choose to stay there and we will all be together. For more information about Lutheridge, go to http://www.lutheridge.com/#poster-1

Lutheridge offers two packages, and one alternative—indicate your choice on the NCNPS registration form:
• Weekend package: $165/person: includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals: dinner Friday & Saturday night, breakfast Saturday & Sunday mornings, and a bag lunch for the hike on Saturday. Linens will be provided by Lutheridge.
• Commuter $90/person: includes 5 meals and day use of the facilities at Lutheridge.
• a special rate of $80/room at the nearby Fairfield Inn. In order to receive this rate, you must register with NCNPS for the weekend and tell Fairfield that you are registered and that there is no lodging room available at Lutheridge. This includes no meals at Lutheridge unless you take the commuter package.
OR you can register with NCNPS and just come to the talk, hikes, and plant auction.

If you lodge at Lutheridge, please indicate on the NCNPS registration form your preference for lodging in a cabin or in the large house (diagrams are attached to the online registration form). We will attempt to honor your choice, but cannot guarantee that we can do so. The earlier you register, the better, as choices will be honored based on registration date. There are no single rooms. If you have made roommate arrangements, please indicate that on the registration form. If you do not have a roommate arranged, you will be assigned one.

To Register  To download a registration form

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Field Trip to Yates Mill County Park, Wake County

(2 PM)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

This trip will focus on botanizing along pond edge, wetlands, and woodland habitats in southern Wake County via boardwalks and sturdy trails (welcome at this wet cold time of year.)  There is also a interpretive center at the park with information about the site’s history, geology, and natural features. Please register with Dale Batchelor (dale @ gardenerbynature.com) and give her your contact info for Sunday morning in case of last minute changes due to weather.  If she doesn’t hear from anyone ahead of time she may cancel - so if you’re interested in attending please register ahead of time!
Meet at the Yates Mill Park parking lot at 2 PM.

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Reedy Creek Medicine Wheel

(2:00 - 3:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Charlotte Chapter

Learn about the planned Medicine Wheel Garden at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, as the Southern Piedmont Chapter assists Reedy Creek in installation and planning.

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Botany Class with Robert Thornhill: the Identification (and general awesomeness) of Pocosin Shrubs

(1 P.M. - 3 P.M.)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

Robert Thornhill will teach the second of a series of botany classes.  The class will be held at Halyburton Park in Wilmington. Robert is a botanist, teacher, and past winner of a NCNPS Shinn Grant for his work at Shaken Creek. We will be learning about the shrubs of SE NC pocosins.  These mostly evergreen shrubs are often hard to identify and Robert will help us straighten them out.  All levels of expertise are welcome.  There is no fee for this class but space is limited, so please let us know if you are coming by responding to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Meet at 1 P.M.  at the Visitors Center at Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St, Wilmington.  Please be on time.  We will begin promptly at 1!

The class will begin inside and we will end with a walk in the park to try out new skills.  We will finish at 3 PM.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  There are restrooms in the Visitors Center.

Location:
Halyburton Park Visitors Center
4099 S. 17th St
Wilmington

Directions:
From the intersection of Oleander Dr. and S. College Rd in Wilmington, go south on S. College Rd. for 2.4 miles.
Go right on S. 17th St for .8 miles.  Halyburton Park is on the right.

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Reid Wild Flower Garden Workday - Raleigh

(10 AM to Noon )
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Join us for garden stewardship and fellowship in this woodland native garden, protected by conservation easement.  We’ve flagged several small trees for cutting if we have folks willing to help with this. Otherwise we’ll continue work removing Ivy, Poet’s Laurel and other evergreen garden invasives.

 

Garden is at 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh at the SW corner of Dixie Trail and Lewis Farm Rd.  Park on Lewis Farm Road.  Contact Amy Mackintosh (mackintosh.amy at gmail.com) for more information.
(We’re meeting on the 1st Saturday this month so we don’t conflict with the “Wild Flowers of the Croatan” lecture at the JCRA the 2nd Saturday morning.)

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