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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Invasive plant removal with Melanie Doyle at Greenfield Lake Park

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

Save the date, Feb 28, 1-3 PM.  Join Melanie Doyle, Conservation Horticulturist at the NC Aquarium at Ft Fisher, as we honor National Invasive Species Awareness Week with a 2-hour session of invasive plant removal at Greenfield Lake Park.  Please arrive promptly by 1 P.M.

Melanie will show us the proper techniques for removing invasive plants.  We will concentrate on removing invasive privet.  Privet has an especially negative impact on our local native plants because it out-competes them in disturbed wet areas. 

February 22-28 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week!  Do your part to preserve our native plants by removing invasive species from your yard and by joining community efforts to clear them from our public lands. For more information on what plants are invasive in NC, see http://www.ncwildflower.org/plant_galleries/invasives_list/

For information on National Invasive Species Awareness Week, see http://www.nisaw.org/

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Fire in the Bay

(7 PM)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Join Pondberry Bay steward Dale Batchelor sharing her learning experiences volunteering to maintain this unique and beautiful plant community.

Dale Batchelor shares her experiences from four years as a Friend of Plant Conservation Volunteer Site Steward at Pondberry Bay and discusses how learning from field ecologists and plant conservation experts has shaped her as a gardener and informed her work as a landscape designer.

North Carolina’s Plant Conservation Program founded the preserve to protect its eponym, Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia). However, in addition to several Carolina Bays, the tract’s 2,000+ acres contain other significant natural communities including Cypress Savannah, Streamhead Pocosin, and Longleaf Flatwoods. Sandhills milk-vetch (Astragalus michauxii) and Awned Meadowbeauty (Rhexia aristosa) are among the rare plants known to occur at Pondberry.

Dale is the owner of Gardener by Nature LLC, a garden design and consultation company that emphasizes native plants and sustainable landscapes. She advocates for native plants and conservation gardening through the Native Plant Society’s Speakers Bureau and as a writer focusing on native plants for Triangle Gardener magazine.

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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).

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Top 5 Wildflower Destinations-Slide Show with Will Stuart

(2:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Southern Piedmont Chapter March Meeting—“Favorite Native Plant Destinations in the Carolinas” with Photographer Will Stuart

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Mushrooms: Plants or Fungi?

(7 PM)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Note this is one week later than usual, the 2nd Wednesday, rather than the 1st, this month only). Jef Morgan will show slides and shares his expertise on mushrooms. Jef’s program “Mushrooms: Plants or Fungi?” will cover wild mushrooms, what to look for when identifying fungi and how to get started with one’s own shiitake inoculated logs.

(Photo by Jef Morgan: Laetiporus sulphurus, Sulfur shelf or Chicken mushroom, which is edible when young.)

Graduating from Indiana University with degrees in Zoology and Chemistry, Jef has worked professionally in the chemical industry for over forty years, specializing in peroxide chemistry for more than twenty years.

He started his own company, Peroxygen Solutions, in 2002 with the primary purpose of achieving EPA status for PAK®27 algaecide and providing an environmentally safe algaecide to combat cyanobacteria in drinking water and wastewater reservoirs.

Jef is an active runner, hiker and paddler in the North Carolina and Virginia mountains. He is a student of mycology, a mycophagist, native plant enthusiast, composter, and with his wife Billie Hart, maintains their 4,000 gallon water garden and woodland garden with biota specializing in native trees, shrubs, trillium, bloodroot, ferns, mosses, and mushrooms. Read More!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dan Pittillo’s Garden in Sylva

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Dan Pittillo, Professor Emeritus of Botany at Western Carolina University, one of North Carolina’s most beloved educators and author of Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, shares his tremendous knowledge and great love of the region’s flora and natural history in his garden in the mountains. image

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Members Share Their Favorite Native Plants

(7 PM)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Bring your plant stories for this fun and informative evening.  More details to follow.  Please check back.

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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.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gary Kauffman’s Choice, Linville Gorge

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Gary Kauffman is a botanist/plant ecologist with the USDA Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, managing a botany program across 1.1 million acres from the mountains (Nantahala and Pisgah), the piedmont (Uwharrie), to the coastal plain (Croatan). An expert in rare plants, grasses, cultural uses of plants, and community ecology, he’s also a fantastic teacher, helping those new to botany or old-hands key in on defining characteristics for identification or learn the stories that enrich future explorations.  image
(Photo by Gary Peeples/USFWS: Gary Kauffman collecting Georgia aster seeds in 2011 for genetic research to better understand and potentially help restore rare plant populations.)

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Jim Goldsmith’s Moss Walk

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Jim Goldsmith has been studying bryology (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) since 2003 and teaches a day-long moss workshop twice a year at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Jim’s passion for our flora includes mushrooms, sedges, and grasses. A longtime board member of the Foothills Conservancy, he also shares his extensive knowledge and deep love of plants on Foothills Conservancy outings. Bring your hand lens!

Suggested places are Davidson River, Brevard or Bear Pen Gap on the Parkway. Got any favorite places to moss? If interested, a visit to Mossin’ Annie’s Mossery will be arranged for afterwards.
(Photo by Nancy Lee Adamson: Jim Goldsmith (right) and James Padgett (left) identifying mosses during the 2013 NC Native Plant Society Fall Outing in Pisgah National Forest.)

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2014 Calendar
May 8-10, 2015 Spring Outing - Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC

Board meeting dates:

February 21, 2015 Public Library, Statesville
April 25, 2015 Duke Gardens (library), Durham, NC
June 6, 2015 Annual Meeting and Picnic, Hagan Stone Park
August 15, 2015 Sandhills Community College (tenative)
November 14, 2015 Botanical Garden at UNC- Charlotte (tenative)

Board Meetings meetings began at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM


Fall Outing TBD









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