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Saturday, April 09, 2016

Hickory Branch Waterfall Trail Hike

(9:00 AM to 1:PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

I will lead a wildflower hike on the Hickory Branch Waterfall Trail. This trail is located in the Curtis Creek area of McDowell County. The trail is moderate in difficulty with several short steep areas. You also have to cross the creek several times. The distance is approximately 2 miles round trip. We will meet at 9:00 at the Stuckey’s off of I-40, exit 75— between Old Fort and Marion — about 24 miles east of Asheville. Bring water and snacks. We can also walk part of the road and look at flowers along the roadside.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Field trip with AJ Bullard to one of his special places

(10 A.M. - noon)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

image We will visit a 2000 + acre preserve in Sampson Co. with Dr. AJ Bullard, a noted botanist with a special interest in rare woody plants.  The preserve is noted for a healthy stand of Southern Spicebush (Lindera melissifolia) a federally listed Endangered species.  Spicebush is additionally threatened by Laurel Wilt Disease, caused by a fungus brought to the US by the invasive redbay ambrosia beetle.  Spicebush is an early bloomer and will NOT still be blooming in May.

This trip will be limited to 20 participants.  Please look out for our chapter’s field trip email in April with more detailed information on location and registration.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Triad Chapter & Friends Plant Sharing

(7 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

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Stoke’s aster, Stokesia laevis, by Judith West

The May meeting of the Triad Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society will be sharing of native plants and information about those plants. It is not necessary to bring a plant to swap as there are generally more than enough for all who want to take something home to grow. Attendees will also have questions they have about different native species answered by fellow attendees.

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Explore the NC Sandhills Gamelands

(Meet at 9:00 AM Plan for 3-4 hour hike and walk)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Explore the rare and unusual botanical world of one of the best long-leaf pine habitats in the US with Larry Mellichamp and Will Stuart.

Sarracenia purpurea

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Reid Wild Flower Garden Workday

(9:30 AM - Noon)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Join us for garden stewardship - weeding, pick-up-sticks, and general sprucing up. Come enjoy the late spring flowers while helping to maintain their habitat.

The Reid Garden is a woodland wildflower garden surrounding a private residence at 1439 Dixie Trail - the corner of Lewis Farm Road and Dixie Trail.  The garden is protected by a conservation easement held by Triangle Land Conservancy, and stewarded by NCNPS-Reid Chapter and other friends of the garden.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

2016 Spring Trip!

(May 20-22 Shaken Creek & McLean Savanna, Pender County )
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Spring Outing is to Shaken Creek & MacLean Savanna, Pender Co., May 20 to 22.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Field trip with Dr. John Taggart to Carolina Beach State Park

(10 A.M. - noon)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

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NOTE DATE CHANGE! Dr Taggart, UNCW Associate Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies, will lead a walk in Carolina Beach State Park.  The 761-acre park is home to 382 species of vascular plants and a great diversity of habitats from the brackish marshes along the river to Sandhills habitat with its patches of bare sugar sand. 

Dr Taggart will focus on the park’s three limesink ponds, each with its own plant assemblage. Cypress Pond, the most unusual, is dominated by a dwarf cypress swamp forest. Lily Pond is covered with American Water-lilies (Nymphaea odorata) and Grass Pond has a great variety of sedges. Carnivorous plants thrive in the boggy soil around its edge.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Roan Mountain Hike

(10:00AM - 4:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 10:00 at Carver’s Gap. We will walk along the Appalachian Trail across Round Bald, Jane Bald, and Grassy Ridge Bald. Hopefully we will see many flowering plants including rhododendron, flame azaleas, and the rare Gray’s Lily. Total round-trip mileage for the hike is 5.1 miles, with a total elevation gain of 1150 feet. This is a moderate to strenuous hike with lots of up and down. Wear sturdy shoes and bring lots of water and snacks for the hike. Afterwards you have the option of visiting the Rhododendron Gardens (note you have to pay to enter the Gardens).

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Big Ivy Hike

(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Hiking the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Area – Buncombe County
We will meet at 9:00 at the Ingles Grocery store (140 Weaver Blvd, Weaverville, NC 28787) off of I-26 exit 19B. We will meet and park in the corner closest to Weaver Blvd and I-26. I will be in a brown Subaru Outback. From the grocery store we will carpool to the hiking area. Cars will travel along forest service road 74 to the Douglas Falls parking area. The eight mile drive on the forest service road is scenic with many small roadside cascades and pull-over areas we can explore. The walk to the falls is an easy to moderate 1 mile round-trip hike. Wear appropriate footwear, the trail can be wet and muddy. Also bring plenty of water and some snacks.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Crabtree Falls Hike

(10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 10:00 at the Crabtree Falls campground parking area, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at MP 339.5. I will be driving a brown Subaru Outback. We will hike along the campground trail and hike the waterfall loop. Crabtree Falls Loop Trail is a 2.5-mile, strenuous hike to the 70-foot-tall falls. We will finish at the meadow and explore the meadow flowers and pollinators. Please wear appropriate footwear. The trail is rocky and wet in areas. Also bring plenty of water and snacks for the hike.

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Flat Laurel Creek Trail

(9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

According to Hike WNC, “this loop takes you around the headwaters basin of Flat Laurel Creek, which starts in a unique, high-elevation valley surrounded by sharp peaks, grassy balds, and cool, dark, spruce-fir forests. Its elevation is over 5300 ft. at the bottom, and it lies below Sam Knob and Black Balsam Knob which top out at over 6200 ft. Includes optional side-hikes to the summit of Sam Knob and a waterfall on Flat Laurel Creek.” The trail head is off of the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Graveyard Fields area. The hike is rated moderately difficult. We will meet in Brevard at 9:00 at the BI-LO Grocery store (near Wall-Mart). We will park near the HWY 276 side and car pool from there. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Our Local Insects, an exploratory field trip at EvHenwood with Sam Marshall

(10 A.M. - noon)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

imageCome see UNCW’s EvHenwood Preserve from a different perspective!  Sam Marshall, Horticulture Extension Agent for Brunswick Co, has an MS in Entomology from NCSU.  He’ll be introducing us to our local insects.  We’ll explore and sample different habitats for entomological treasures.  If you don’t normally go looking for insects when you are botanizing, then you’re missing a treat.  Our warm, humid climate supports some perfectly beautiful “bugs”!

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2016 Calendar
May 20-22, 2016 Spring Outing - Shaken Creek, Pender County

Board Meeting dates:

February 13, 2016 Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
April 16, 2016 Iredell Co. Library, Statesville
June 4, 2016 Annual Meeting and Picnic, Seven Springs in Davie County
August 27, 2016 Kathleen Clay Edwards Library in Greensboro
November 12, 2016 Botanical Garden at UNC- Charlotte

Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM


Fall Outing TBD









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