Event Details

Saturday, June 04, 2016


(10:00 AM to 4:30 PM )
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Note new location

Saturday June 4, 2016

Arrive at 10:00 for indoor & outdoor programs:

  • Along-the-trails Plant ID sessions with Larry Mellichamp, Lisa Gould, & Ann Walter-Fromson
  • What’s in Bloom? Indoors with Judy West & Lynda Waldrep, to highlight native plants currently in bloom and fruit/seed. Bring flowers, fruits/seed, or cuttings to share.

11:30 is brief annual business meeting and questions

12:00 lunch – bring a covered dish; we will supply fried chicken and barbeque,
and ice, tea, water, paper products

1:00 -3:00 Auction – bring plants

Seven Springs Lodge & Retreat 
(North off I-40 between Statesville and Winston-Salem)

You can use 2 addresses—they both get you to the same spot:
  118 Alder Lane, Farmington NC 27028 OR
  256 Pineville Road, Mocksville NC 27028

Heading east from Statesville or west on I-40 from Winston-Salem, take Exit 180B, NC 801 N.
Go 5.5 miles and turn right on Farmington Road
Go 1.1 miles and turn left onto Pineville Road.
Go 0.3 miles and turn right onto Alder Lane (the sign for this is small –you are likely to go right past). There is also a small sign that says “Seven Springs”. LOOK FOR “Native Plants” Signs
Go past the small house on the right (this is the caretakers’ home) and on a short way into the big parking lot.
Park there and proceed down the path to the left of the parking lot, to the lodge. This is the biggest building on the property; there’s a small pond behind it.

Trouble finding it? call Larry at 704-578-5991.

There are plenty of chairs and tables, and restrooms inside the lodge, with ceiling fans and plenty of windows. Eat inside or outside on tables. There is room outside for staging auction plants—drive up, unload, then go back and park.


Bring quality NATIVE plants, labeled as best you can.
Robert Jones and crew will help receive and stage them.
Common plants will be placed on tables for “sale” on honor system.
Less common plants will be in the auction – we will be more selective to save time.

See you June 4!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Field trip to Lake Waccamaw State Park with Nathan Howell

(9 A.M. - 11 A.M.)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

Come join Nathan Howell in exploring the littoral zone plants of Lake Waccamaw.  Nathan is a 2014 Shinn Grant recipient for his inventory work on the shoreline plants of the Carolina bay lakes.  These are the plants growing between the high water mark out to where the submerged aquatics end. For most of us, this will be a largely unexplored world!

We will be in the water for this walk.  Uneven footing means that all participants need to be fit.  It won’t be possible to see the plants or stay with the group from the shore.
Rare plants we expect to see include Ludwigia sphaerocarpa (Globe-fruited Seedbox), Bacopa caroliniana (Blue Water-hyssop) and Rhexia cubensis (West Indies Meadow-beauty). 
For this habitat in Lake Waccamaw, Nathan has documented 146 taxa (spp., ssp., and var.) in 114 genera and 72 vascular plant families.  Of the 146 total taxa, 29 are of conservation concern and 92 are unique to this bay lake.

Meet at 8:45 A.M. at Lake Waccamaw State Park Visitors Center.  The walk will begin promptly at 9.

Lake Waccamaw State Park is located in Columbus County, 38 miles west of Wilmington and 12 miles east of Whiteville.  The park is off Bella Coola Road. Look for signs on U.S. 74/76 or N.C. 214.  The Visitors Center is near the entrance.

Google map:,-78.465485/@34.22088,-78.317685,11z?hl=en-US

Park map:

Please come prepared to wade in water!  Bring a swimsuit with water shoes or uninsulated hip waders, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and desired snacks.  Suggested - notepad and camera.

It’s probably best not to attempt this walk if you have trouble with balance or heat intolerance.

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.

Contact Information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

Contact Information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

Contact Info: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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).

Contact Information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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

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.

Meet at 9:50 a.m. in the Visitors Center parking lot at Carolina Beach State Park.  Please be on time! We will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring water, snacks if needed, sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat.  There are restrooms in the Visitors Center.

Directions from Wilmington:

Take NC-132 S/S College Rd and US-421 S to Dow Rd N in Carolina Beach.  You will see it shortly after you cross the Snow’s Cut bridge. 
Go right on Dow Rd.  The park is just over 1/2 mile on the right.  You will see signs to mark the entrance. 
Stay straight on the entrance road and you will see parking and the Visitors Center on your right.

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”!

Free and open to the public.  No registration needed.

We will meet in the parking lot of EvHenwood Preserve, 6132 Rock Creek Rd, Leland.  Please come a little early.  We’ll begin promptly at 10 am.

Directions from Wilmington:

Take US-76 W from Wilmington for 3 miles.
Merge onto US-17 S.  Continue for 6.4 miles.
Take right on Zion Church Rd NE.  Continue .6 miles.
Take first right on Town Creek Rd NE. Continue for 1.1 miles.
Turn left onto Rock Creek Rd.  Continue .7 miles.  The preserve is on the left and is marked.

Please dress appropriately (boots or closed-toe shoes, long pants, hat etc.), and bring water, snacks, insect repellent (ironic!) and sunscreen.  Be prepared for ticks and mosquitoes.  There is a Port-o-let on the site, but no running water or other facilities.

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