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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Annual Spring Picnic

(Starts 10:00 A.M. and lasts till we're all pooped! (Ok, probably till about 3 P.M.))
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

NC Native Plant Society Spring Picnic, Saturday, June 11, 2011
Annual picnic Saturday, June 11, Hagen-Stone Park, Guilford County;
10:00 program with lunch and plant auction to follow.  Don’t miss this one!!

We will be in the same park, but at a different shelter this year, so watch for signs to guide you to the correct area.  The shelter is larger, has power, and is closer to restrooms.

Read on for the exciting details!

2011 PICNIC FEATURES

10:00 Propagation Workshop, conducted by Mark Rose and Lynda Waldrep.

Larry Lapple, Joanne’s husband, approached Syngenta for a donation and left with a truckload of Fafard 3B Potting Mix—solid gold for gardeners!  (Fafard is a division of Syngenta.)  Our thanks to Syngenta and to Larry for taking the initiative to get this donation for us.  We will use the soil in the Propagation Workshop.

Start saving 2-liter soft drink bottles (clear plastic) and bring them with you.  Bring 2-3, and any extras you might have to share with those who don’t have any.  NCNPS will provide soil and cuttings-and you will take home at least three containers to grow out your cuttings and/or divisions.  Mark and Lynda plan to bring Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) cuttings, perhaps some aster, and one other.

12:00 Great Food.  As has been our habit for the past several years, Tom will stop at Smithfield’s on his way to the picnic for chicken and bbq.  YOU will bring your favorite side dish(es) with enough to share.  Salads, vegetables, fruits, desserts-whatever is your favorite.  NCNPS will also provide beverages (bring your favorite if you think we might not have what you want), ice, and paper products.  The variety, quantity and quality of the food is always enough to make us want to linger over lunch, but we are lured from the table by…...

1:00 PLANTS!  This is the auction that fills our coffers with scholarship money and our gardening appetites with exquisite variety.  Pot up a few plants that you would like to donate (don’t use fancy pots) and bring them for the auction, clearly labeled with botanical and/or common name and a short description for the auctioneer.  To reduce the time that the auction requires, smaller items or duplicates may be placed on a sale table, with larger or more unusual plants held for auction.

Bring:

Clear plastic 2-liter soft drink bottles, labels removed

Gardening gloves

Small clean, sharp garden clippers and/or sharp knife

Food contributions for the lunch table

Comfortable chair (unless a picnic bench is ok)

Sunscreen and hat

Cash or checkbook!

Directions to Hagan Stone Park:

For specific directions, Google   5920 Hagan Stone Park Rd, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313

From northeast of Greensboro, follow I-40 toward Greensboro.  Just outside Greensboro,  I-40 and I-85 will split.  Stay to the left and follow I-85 south for 12 - 13 miles.  Take exit 126A to merge onto US-421 S.  Follow 421 S toward Sanford for a little more than 3 miles. Turn right at Hagan-Stone Park Rd/NC-3411. Drive for a little more than 2 miles, and turn right into the park.  Look for signs to our shelter.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

October “Return to the Uwharries” Society Walk

(Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2nd)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Friday, October 1:

7:00 p.m. — Social Gathering and Dr. Gary Freeze from
Catawba College will talk on The History and Culture of
the Uwharrie Region. Oak Lodge in the Uwharrie National
Forest. Bring a snack/dessert or something to share.
Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Saturday, October 2:

8:30 a.m. — Meet at the Uwharrie Hunt Camp parking lot,
entrance to Uwharrie National Forest off Hyw. 109 north
of Troy. Directions will be sent by email a week prior to
the outing. Bring your lunch. NCNPS will bring water and
snacks.

6:30 p.m. — Dinner at the Oak Lodge for those selecting
this option. Speaker following dinner: Dr. Roger Rob-
bins, retired ECU biology professor, on “500 million years
of Uwharrie Botany .” Then a Seed Exchange for those
bringing seeds to share.

Sunday, October 3rd

8:30 a.m. — Meet at the Uwharrie Hunt Camp parking lot.
Tour private land of Boone Chesson, who will be our host.
Finish by 1:00 p.m. Water and snacks provided.

All meals on your own for this event (except Saturday
dinner for those selecting the option). NCNPS will provide
a bottle of water for each day (bring more of your own!)
and some limited snacks such as trail mix snack bars and
possibly some fruit, depending o what is available prior to
the hike.

Please fill out and mail the registration form that follows.
_____________________________________________

“Return to Uwharries” Registration Form
(Please print out this page, fill it out and mail it to the address below)

Be sure to bring your lunch for Saturday, sunscreen, hat,
rain gear (we walk, rain or shine), and water.

Also don’t forget a food item for the Friday social, and
packets of seeds if you have some to exchange.

Directions to meeting sites will be sent on receipt of registration.

Name(s)________________________________________________________________________________________

Address ________________________________________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip____________________________________________________________________________________

Email __________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone (Home and Cell) ___________________________________________________________________________

(We would like to have your cell phone # so we have a means of communicating when traveling; however, be aware that cell reception is spotty at best in these locations.)

Registration fee: NCNPS member - $25.00 per person ($15.00 limited income) $___________

Single day participation $15. Please indicate/circle Saturday or Sunday. $___________

Registration: non NCNPS member - $30.00 per person $___________

Single day participation $20. Please indicate/circle Saturday or Sunday.  $___________

Saturday night dinner served at the Oak Lodge $10.00 per person $___________
    Please indicate regular or vegetarian. _______________

Join the NCNPS - $25.00 for an individual membership; $35 for family $___________

Total Enclosed:  $___________

I/we will bring a food item for the Friday evening social at Oak Lodge.
I/we plan to bring some seeds for the exchange.

Registration deadline: Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Please make checks payable to NC Native Plant Society

Oct. 1 – 3, 2010

Mail to:
Jeff Prather, Treasurer
108 Wicklow Place
Chapel Hill NC 27517

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Native Plant Society Fall Outing

(September 18, 19, 20)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Due to state hunting schedules and concerns for the safety of our members, the date for our fall trip has been adjusted. Please take note and adjust your calendars accordingly!

Open to Members and Non-Members Alike!!!

Registration deadline: Sept. 4, 2009
Download Registration Form for Fall Event here:
Fall Event Registration Form.pdf

    Saturday plant walks:
  • Uwharrie National Forest
  • Roberdo Bog and Longleaf Pine Forest and Badin areas
  • Black Ankle Bog
    Sunday plant walks:
  • Asheboro Zoo Natural Areas

  • This area has six natural communities, two of which are rare in the Piedmont:
  • Basic mesic forest
  • Upland pool (uncommon, since there are only 20 known examples of upland pools)

Uwharrrie National Forest in the North Carolina Piedmont
Black Ankle Bog
Robedo Bog and Longleaf Pine Forest
NC Zoological Park Natural area

We will be botanizing at Black Ankle Bog and Ophir roadsides, Robedo Bog and Longleaf Pine Forest on Saturday.  On Sunday morning, we will be at the NC Zoological natural areas.

    We should find populations of four rare plant species:
  • Agalinis decemloba (Piedmont geradia, NC Status - SR)
  • Hexalectris spicata var. spicata (Crested coralroot, NC Status - SR)
  • Eleocharis equisetoides (Horsetail spikerush, NC Status - W1)
  • Amorpha schwerinii (Piedmont indigo-bush)

                           

Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 18th
Arrival at Albemarle, NC
            Dinner on your own. We will be eating at El Ranchito’s which is @ 720 NC 24/27 Bypass (across the street and down the block from the Sleep Inn)
7:30 - 8:00 - Meet & Greet in Sleep Inn meeting room located right off the lobby.
            Please bring snacks to share.
8:00 -  Speaker - Laura Fogo, US Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Saturday, September 19th
8:30am       Meet in parking lot of Sleep Inn and carpool to site
9:00 - 1:00   Black Ankle Bog, Ophir roadsides
1:00 - 2:00   Lunch
2:00 - 4:30   Robedo Bog & Longleaf Pine Forest

    Guides -
  • Larry Mellichamp, Ph.d - Professor of Botany and Director of Botanical at Gardens at UNC - Charlotte
  • Nell Allen, Rare Plant Curator at NC Zoological Park

6:00 - 7:00   Dinner on your own. We will be eating at Pontiac Pointe which is at 304 East Main St. in Albemarle.
7:30 - 8:30   Presentation at Sleep Inn meeting room

Speaker - Alan Weakley, Ph.d - Curator of UNC -Chapel Hill Herbarium
Author of “Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Northern Florida and Surrounding Areas”  (Draft - available for purchase) 

       
Sunday, September 20th
8:30am       Meet at Sleep Inn parking lot
9::30 - 1:00   NC Zoolological Park natural area - Ridges Mountain

    Guide -
  • Nell Allen, Rare Plant Curator at NC Zoological Park

Lunch and Departure

    What To Bring
  • Insect repellent (assume there will be ticks)
  • Hat / Sunscreen / Rain jacket
  • Walking shoes that can get somewhat wet
  • Water (besides what’s at lunch if you think you’ll need it)
  • Snacks to share for Friday night
  •                
  • Lunches   We will have peanut butter and jelly, bread, crackers, granola bars, bottled water and fruit available for lunches Otherwise,  please bring your own lunch if that doesn’t suit your palate

Motel Accomodations in Albemarle

We have a block of rooms at:

Sleep Inn
621 Hwy 24/27 Bypass East
Albemarle, North Carolina 28001
(704) 983-2770
http://www.choicehotels.com

The rate is $65.90 plus tax per night.
Note : the tax rate is 12.75% (state plus occupancy)
For this guaranteed rate you must make reservations (mentioning NC Native Plant Society) by September 4th

Other Motels in Albemarle

Holiday Inn Express (next door to Sleep Inn)
500 Leonard Avenue
Albemarle, NC 28001
(704) 986-2100
http://www.hiexpress.com/albemarle

Hampton Inn
2300 US Hwy 52 N
Albemarle, NC 28001
(704) 965-1111

Camping

There are three campgrounds in the Uwharrie National Forest.
The Forest Ranger Office is located in Troy ( 2 miles east of Troy on NC 24/27 ).
Call 910-576-6391 several days in advance to make reservations,  8am-4:30pm Mon.through Fri., or to get more information about the individual campgrounds.

If you have any questions please send e-mail or call Ulana Stuart at 919-929-0801

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Field trip to Topsail Beach with Paul Hosier

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

Join us for a field trip to Topsail Beach, Sunday, September 20, 9 - 11 AM.  Paul Hosier is UNCW Professor Emeritus, Plant Ecology and Ecology of Coastal Vegetation…and an organized and engaging teacher! 
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Beaches are more than sea, sand and a beach umbrella.  Learn the plants that create the seaside habitats in this harsh environment.

Meet at the south end of Topsail Beach, in the public parking lot, at 8:50 AM.  Please be on time. We will begin promptly at 9. 

Directions:

Take US 17 north from Wilmington, towards Jacksonville.  At the intersection with NC 210, go right for 2.8 miles.  Take a right on NC 50/NC 210.  Continue following the road to the south end of the island where there is a public parking lot.  We will meet there.

Dress for sun and heat, bringing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks if needed.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Thermogenesis and Thermogegulation in Plants by Judy West

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

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(Symplocarpus foetidus, skunk cabbage, by Colin Purrington (photo used with permission))

While we all know about warm blooded animals from childhood, there is more and more evidence that a number of plant species are similar in some respects. This program will cover some of what we know about a few North American plant species that regulate their temperature or even produce their own heat. The image above of Symplocarpus foetidus is probably the best known of these species. 

Judy West has had a life long interest in plants, but is entirely self taught. She is an active member of the North Carolina Native Plant Society and currently serves as the Triad Chapter Chair for the society.

Join us Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Katherine Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410.

Members sometimes bring native plants to give as door prizes. 

Thinking ahead to December

At the December meeting, we’ll have a seed exchange.  There is always plenty to share, so don’t worry if you haven’t been saving seeds, just come and get started growing natives!  December we also share photos, so begin thinking about finding a few of your favorite photos from 2015.

Guidelines for photos for the December program:
- Photos of native plants, native plant communities, and related wildlife taken in 2015
- Send up to 5 photos to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by November 25, 2015 (sooner would be great)
- Please label or include in emails with the photos: name of photographer and description you’d like included with the photo
- Nancy will send you a copy of the photos with descriptions as they will appear in the the slideshow (send her a reminder if you don’t receive that by November 28!)

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Medicine Wheel Gardening with Woodland Plants

(2:00 - 4:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Update on Reedy Creek’s Medicine Wheel Garden and discover the plants native to Reedy Creek’s 14 county area and how they have been used as medicine by native Americans and historical settlers.

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Medicine Wheel Gardening with Woodland Plants

(2:00 - 4:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Update on Reedy Creek’s Medicine Wheel Garden and discover the plants native to Reedy Creek’s 14 county area and how they have been used as medicine by native Americans and historical settlers.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Invasive Plants Removal at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

(2:00 -4:30 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Get an overview of the invasive plants at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and assist Reedy Creek in their removal.

Help our friends at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve weed out invasives and identify those common to the Piedmont.

Bring gloves, bug spray, heavy shoes and hand tools.
Location: Reedy Creek Nature Center 2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Woodland Walk-Pinhook Preserve, Gaston County

(2:00 - 4:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Woodland Walk at Pinhook Preserve led by Andy Kane with Catawba Lands Conservancy, Land Stewardship Associate. The walk will include a woodland walk to the South Fork of the Catawba River and back.

Pinhook Preserve is located South of Spencer Mountain and east of the South Fork River It is a 63-acre Pinhook Preserve in Gaston County.  This densely-forested area comprises of dry mesic oak hickory, piedmont mesic mixed hardwood, piedmont levee and pine forested area. The slopes above the floodplains are diverse and provide unique areas for the magnificent big leaf magnolia to bloom. Catawba Lands Conservancy has been working in this area to remove invasive plants, including privet and transition the area back to native plants including Black Cohash, Maidenhair Fern, Halesia, Luecothoe, and Styrax. We will be walking along a wooded trail out to the South Fork of the Catawba River.


GPS Address: 2271 Rankin Road, Gastonia
Parking available
Event no charge; RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Grasses 101, an intro to grass identification taught by Robert Thornhill

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

Robert Thornhill will teach the fifth in our series of botany classes.  The class will be held at Carolina Beach State Park in Carolina Beach on September 13, from 1-3 pm.  Robert is a botanist, teacher, and past winner of a NCNPS Shinn Grant for his work at Shaken Creek. 

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We’ll be focusing on techniques to identify local grasses.  Nearly everyone shies away from grass identification but there’s much we can learn about these critically important natives.  If you have come to our previous classes, you know how skilled a teacher Robert is.  The above photo, taken by Robert, is Toothache Grass (Ctenium aromaticum), a common grass of pineland savannas.

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).  Members and non-members are welcome.

Meet at 1 PM at the Visitors Center at Carolina Beach State Park.  Please be on time!   We will begin right at 1 pm.

The class will begin inside the Visitors Center with a PowerPoint on SE NC grasses and will end with a walk in the park, finishing up at 3 PM.  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.  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.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Making your own personal garden herbarium with Trena McNabb

(2:00-4:30 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

The Art of Pressing Plants/Seed Exchange/Fall Potluck
Trena McNabb will teach NCNPS members how to press and dry plants from your own garden to produce a personal herbarium history. In addition she will show us how she uses dried plants and flowers in her artwork.
Pressed plants for a Herbarium* have been used by botanists for hundreds of years. This talk will be a demonstration of how to make and use a plant press.  There will be samples of ways to use the plants you press. Pressed plants are remarkably durable and are good for artwork, greeting cards or framed to hang on the wall.

* Definition: A collection of dried plants mounted, labeled, and systematically arranged for use in scientific study.  A place or institution where such a collection is kept.

Bring seeds for a member seed exchange and a festive fall snack or dessert to share.

 


Trena’s paintings tell stories. Her work reveals its deeper meaning through a connected series of smaller paintings, each a tale in itself. The message here is, “We are responsible for our earth and should look beyond the obvious beauty and see how our lives are interwoven and overlapping with nature”.
Images and sometimes pressed plants, overlap in a kaleidoscope of colors depicting the flora, fauna, foods and landscapes that comprise our precious earth, utilizing the vivid acrylic-on-canvas pieces described by one reviewer as transparent painted collages.
This curious and elegant synthesis of realism and imagination in Trena’s art reflects her interest in nature and the environment. Real world visuals come alive through her use of “windows” created by the overlapping images, adding a second layer of the story, which becomes deeper the longer one studies the work.
Trena’s unique blending of science, realism and fantasy creates original art where vibrant color and stark white paint compete, contrast and ultimately dance together in breathtaking harmony.
Trena’s prior work ranges from 32-foot long multi-canvas, site-specific corporate or public art commissions to small, elegant pieces for private residences. She has spent the past 30 years creating site-specific paintings for corporate offices, financial institutions, public buildings, hospitals and interiors for other architectural structures. Her work can be found in Germany, China, and Japan as well as in many cities in the US. Her work has been purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of York County in South Carolina.
Trena’s captivating stories and unique style of transparent overlapping images and montages of brilliant color, inspires collectors.
For more information go to http://www.tmcnabb.com

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Tour de Creeks

(2:00 PM -Meet at UNCC Center City Campus Projective Eye Gallery for tour
3:00 PM -Meet at Midtown Park for Sugar Creek Tour
4:00 PM -Meet at Cherry Berry Yogurt
)

Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Tour UNC Charlotte’s KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks at the Projective Eye Gallery and follow with a guided talk of the Sugar Creek Greenway restoration project with Chris Estes.

Almost as exciting as the Tour de France, but it’s local! Meet at the UNCC Center City location in the Projective Eye Gallery  320 East Ninth St. We will tour the exhibit, KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks. The exhibit closes on August 20. This exhibit is sponsored by keepingwatch.org and is a three-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups – working with artists, historians, writers, scientists and environmental groups – to engage, inform and inspire the public about better protecting our environment.

After the guided tour we will meet at the Sugar Creek Greenway (approx. 3:00) for a walk and discussion by Chris Estes, who will discuss the greenway transition from polluted, concrete covered eyesore, to beautifully restored stream and popular greenway attraction to both humans and wildlife. Meet at the reflecting ball in Midtown Park (510 S. Kings Drive) to begin the tour.
Finally the reward…if you have a little extra time, rest and relax with NCNPS friends and frozen yogurt at CherryBerry yogurt at CherryBerry Yogurt Bar at 1100 Metropolitan Ave. Suite 160

Parking note:

  • The area around the UNC Charlotte Center City building is under construction. Ninth Street is closed to through traffic between North College and North Brevard streets. North Brevard Street may be accessed via 11th or 12th streets. Visit keepingwatch.org for driving and parking updates.

  • You can park for free in the adjacent neighborhood, or pay $3.00 to park in the lot across Brevard and Caldwell. Entrance is on 9th St. and Brevard.

    For Midtown Park parking, park in Trader Joe’s deck or across Kings Drive in surface lot.

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    Sunday, August 09, 2015

    Tour de Creeks

    (2:00 PM -4:30 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Tour UNC Charlotte’s KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks at the Projective Eye Gallery and follow with a guided talk of the Sugar Creek Greenway restoration project with Chris Estes.

    Almost as exciting as the Tour de France, but it’s local! Meet at the UNCC Center City location in the Projective Eye Gallery  320 East Ninth St. We will tour the exhibit, KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks. The exhibit closes on August 20. This exhibit is sponsored by keepingwatch.org and is a three-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups – working with artists, historians, writers, scientists and environmental groups – to engage, inform and inspire the public about better protecting our environment.

    After the guided tour we will meet at the Sugar Creek Greenway (approx. 3:30) for a walk and discussion by Chris Estes, who will discuss the greenway transition from polluted, concrete covered eyesore, to beautifully restored stream and popular greenway attraction to both humans and wildlife. Park at Trader Joe’s parking deck, and meet at the reflecting ball and shaded arboretum on the open green space on the side west of Metropolitan Center.
    Finally the reward…if you have a little extra time, rest and relax with NCNPS friends and frozen yogurt at CherryBerry yogurt at CherryBerry Yogurt Bar at 1100 Metropolitan Ave. Suite 160, found in the same block.

    Parking note:

  • The area around the UNC Charlotte Center City building is under construction. Ninth Street is closed to through traffic between North College and North Brevard streets. North Brevard Street may be accessed via 11th or 12th streets. Visit keepingwatch.org for driving and parking updates.

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    Sunday, August 09, 2015

    Tour de Creeks

    (2:00 PM -4:30 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Tour UNC Charlotte’s KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks at the Projective Eye Gallery and follow with a guided talk of the Sugar Creek Greenway restoration project with Chris Estes.

    Almost as exciting as the Tour de France, but it’s local! Meet at the UNCC Center City location in the Projective Eye Gallery  320 East Ninth St. We will tour the exhibit, KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks. The exhibit closes on August 20. This exhibit is sponsored by keepingwatch.org and is a three-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups – working with artists, historians, writers, scientists and environmental groups – to engage, inform and inspire the public about better protecting our environment.

    After the guided tour we will meet at the Sugar Creek Greenway (approx. 3:30) for a walk and discussion by Chris Estes, who will discuss the greenway transition from polluted, concrete covered eyesore, to beautifully restored stream and popular greenway attraction to both humans and wildlife. Park at Trader Joe’s parking deck, and meet at the reflecting ball and shaded arboretum on the open green space on the side west of Metropolitan Center.
    Finally the reward…if you have a little extra time, rest and relax with NCNPS friends and frozen yogurt at CherryBerry yogurt at CherryBerry Yogurt Bar at 1100 Metropolitan Ave. Suite 160, found in the same block.

    Parking note:

  • The area around the UNC Charlotte Center City building is under construction. Ninth Street is closed to through traffic between North College and North Brevard streets. North Brevard Street may be accessed via 11th or 12th streets. Visit keepingwatch.org for driving and parking updates.

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    Sunday, August 30, 2015

    An Introduction to Sedges and Rushes, taught by Robert Thornhill

    (10 A.M. - 12 P.M.)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    Sunday, August 30, from 10 to noon, Robert Thornhill, botanist, teacher and former Shinn Grant winner, will teach a class on sedges and rushes at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach.  The class will include a walk to help with identification of common sedges and rushes.  Join us for an introduction to these little-known plants.                 

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    The class is free and open to members and non-members.  Registration is not required but space is limited.  Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to reserve a space.

    Directions:
    Take NC 132 S/ S College Rd and US 421 S to Kure Beach.  You will pass Ft Fisher State Historic Site on the right.  Continue until you see Loggerhead Rd on your left.  Ft Fisher State Recreation Area is at the end of this road, at 1000 Loggerhead Rd.  We will meet in the classroom inside the Visitors Center.

    Restrooms available.  Please dress for hot, humid weather - hat, sunglasses, appropriate footwear - and bring suncream, insect repellent, water and any snacks.
    Please arrive a little early.  The class begins promptly at 10.

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    Sunday, June 07, 2015

    Saving Our Pollinators: NC Botanical Garden

    Event Sponsor: NC Botanical Gardens

    The majority of all flowering plants rely on pollinators, a group of animals that includes over 200,000 species. Our food and natural habitats rely on these animals, and each of us has an active role to play in shaping their future.

    The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Saving Our Pollinators’ four-month exhibition features 29 events, including workshops, exhibits, talks, and tours that highlight the plight of pollinators, including bees, moths, and butterflies.

    Discover the importance of our pollinators as the Garden illustrates their challenges and offers solutions to stabilize and secure their future.


    Detailed event program information and registration: www.ncbg.unc.edu/pollinators/

    June Events (Registration required and some events off site):

    Entomology Class: Sundays, June 7 - 28, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

    Honey Beehive Tour: June 7, 2-3 pm

    Pollinator Garden Tour at Chatham Mills: June 10, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

    Saving Our Pollinators: June 18, 7 - 8 pm

    Little Sprouts ‘Buzz-y Bees’: June 20, 10- 11 am

    Sizzling Cities: Native Bee Communities and Urban Heat: June 25, noon - 1 pm

    Edibles on Paper: Berries of Summer in Watercolor: June 28, 1:30 - 5 pm

    Fun With Bees! Discovery Table: June 28, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

    Plant This, Not That for Pollinators: June 28, 2 - 3 pm

    The Plant Pollinator Partnership and Special Importance of Bees: June 28, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

    BEE-hold the Humble Pollinator! Exhibit Opening Reception: June 28, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

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    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    Brush Springs Ridge Hike, Big Butt Trail, Buncombe County, with Randy Burroughs

    (10 a.m. )
    Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter


    (Photo by Karen Lawrence: Randy Burroughs teaching about meadow establishment.)

    Plant Community: Northern Hardwood & Spruce-Fir Forests
    Meeting Place: Craggy Gardens Visitor’s Center, 10:00 AM
    Trailhead: Balsam Gap Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway Mile 359.8, Brevard and Asheville car pool points will be set up.
    Hike Leader: Randy Burroughs, Landscape Architect, Horticulturist & Amateur Botanist
    Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, many steps, 5 miles roundtrip, no water, light air
    Elevations: Above 5,000’ (5,317 at trailhead, 5,715 at Point Misery)
    Please RSVP if you want to go and haven’t already let Susan know!
    This is a still wild beautiful ridge with side slopes too steep for easy logging or good grazing so it is more pristine than most areas.  This ridge forms the northeastern rim of Buncombe County and the dividing ridge between the Black Mountains and the Great Craggies. The trail is mostly forested ridge with a rock outcrop at Little Butt Knob, the destination, providing the only open view. It looks directly east to Mt. Mitchell.
    The forest floor is diverse wildflowers, sedges, mosses, and ferns. Cloud moisture keeps things lush. Bloom time is several weeks behind the valley. Randy’s seen spring beauties in July. Moosewood viburnum is a major understory shrub.
    New 8”x 8” timber steps make this trail much more accessible. Parts were hand-over-hand before. Now the trail spirals down through banks of ferns.

    RSVP to Susan Sunflower, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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    Wednesday, September 02, 2015

    Bird-Friendly Gardening: Your Yard Matters! Presented by Ann Walter-Fromson

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

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    (Photo by Will Stuart: An American Goldfinch on a favorite seed plant, the Purple Coneflower.)

    Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? Would you like to see more and different kinds of birds in your yard?  What you plant in your yard and garden makes a big difference to the birds and other wildlife that depend upon plants for food, shelter, nesting sites, and protection from predators. In this presentation, you will learn why native plants are so important for supporting birds, which plants provide the greatest benefits to birds, and how you can make your yard a welcoming place for birds.

    Ann Walter-Fromson is an active member of the T.Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society of Guilford County, the Bird-Friendly Communities implementation team for Audubon North Carolina, the Triad chapter of North Carolina Native Plant Society, and the Piedmont Bird Club. She is a Professor of Psychology Emerita at Greensboro College, a certified N.C. Environmental Educator, and a candidate in the Native Plant Studies certificate program at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.

    Meeting Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro

    Park map: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/lawa/pics/parkmap.pdf

    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.

    Please do not attempt this walk if you have trouble with balance.

     

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    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    Opening of Mellichamp Native Terrace at UNCC Botanical Gardens

    (4:00-6:00 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens will celebrate the opening of a new display garden, the Mellichamp Native Terrace, with a ribbon cutting and self-guided tours for the public from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.

    This garden, a first of its kind in the Southeast, showcases diverse and beautiful flora of the Southeast in a home-landscaping style. It will serve as a practical example of how gardeners can use a wide variety of native plants creatively in traditional, contemporary or natural landscapes. The garden will serve as a testing ground for new selections of native plants as well as a source of inspiration and education.
    The design for the 1/5-acre garden combines common home-landscape features including wooden and stone terraces, low stone walls, gravel paths and a dry / storm water-fed streambed. The garden will showcase a variety of native plants filling common landscape needs such as groundcovers, specimen plants, flower borders, privacy hedges and foundation plantings. It also contains sustainable landscape features such as a bioswale, native lawn substitutes, a mini-meadow planting and a wildlife habitat border.

    This garden, a first of its kind in the Southeast, showcases diverse and beautiful flora of the Southeast in a home-landscaping style. It will serve as a practical example of how gardeners can use a wide variety of native plants creatively in traditional, contemporary or natural landscapes. The garden will serve as a testing ground for new selections of native plants as well as a source of inspiration and education.
    The design for the 1/5-acre garden combines common home-landscape features including wooden and stone terraces, low stone walls, gravel paths and a dry / storm water-fed streambed. The garden will showcase a variety of native plants filling common landscape needs such as groundcovers, specimen plants, flower borders, privacy hedges and foundation plantings. It also contains sustainable landscape features such as a bioswale, native lawn substitutes, a mini-meadow planting and a wildlife habitat border.
    Attendees may park for free in Lot 5 on Martin Village Road off Van Landingham Road on the east side of the UNC Charlotte campus. They will enter the gardens through the Asian Gardens entrance and follow signs to the Native Terrace.
    The Mellichamp Garden honors the legacy of Dr. Larry Mellichamp, who retired this spring after 35 years of sharing his knowledge and passion for plants with students and the Charlotte community in his role as director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. The project reflects his dedication both to the native plants of the southeast and to home horticulture. Mellichamp will speak during the 4:00 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.
    Location: : UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9201 University City Blvd.

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    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Wildflower Walk-Broad River Greenway with Lanny Waterson

    (1:00 - 3:00 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Wildflower hike at the Broad River Greenway, Boiling Springs

    Join us to hike the Broad River Greenway, Boiling Springs in Cleveland County off Highway 150. Southern Piedmont chapter member Lanny Waterson will lead us along one of his favorite hikes in the area, with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Most of the trails are flat and follow the Broad River so it should be accessible to most of us.  Lanny will be able to get parking permits for all of us from the Ranger (There is normally a fee of $5.00 for non-Cleveland County residents) After the hike along the river, if anyone would be interested, we can drive approx. 3 miles to the area along Sandy Run Creek where the colony of Dwarf-Flowered Heartleaf, Hexastylis naniflora is located.  The Greenway maintains and protects the area where these endangered plants grow. Tim Wright, a local naturalist in Cleveland County who is very familiar with the local ecology should be able to help with identification.

    Please email Lanny Waterson to reserve a space so he can arrange for parking.

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    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    Wildflower Walk—Flat Rock Trail-BRP

    (11 AM - 2 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Walk with Will Stuart and the Southern Piedmont Chapter as we look for lily of the valley, clintonias, canada mayflower, galax and painted trillium.

    Lily of the valley on Flat Rock Trail

    Meet at Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 308.2, just south of Grandfather Mountain. There should be plenty of parking.  The trail is rated as “Easy” but the trail has been under-maintained so the footing along the trail is not great. The Lincove Viaduct Visitor Center (hopefully open this year) is about 10 miles north.  We could visit the seep there after our trip but we will be too early for the Gray’s Lilies that blossom there.  We should find Umbrella Leaf in full bloom.  Plus there is a rich seep filled with Umbrella Leaf just north of the Flat Rock overlook. The location is due south of Linville, NC , just south of the intersection of Roseboro Road and the Parkway.  It is just about 2 1/2 hours from Matthews and about the same time if you approach via 181 from Morganton or 321 from Blowing Rock.
    Contact.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more details. Or you can visit this webpage for more information on the Flat Rock Trail.

    Clintonia borealis



    Mianthemum canadense

    Thank you to Will Stuart for these photos.

    NOTE: In May the Southern Piedmont Chapter will meet May 17 instead of May 10.

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    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    Selected Oaks and Lianas of the NC Coastal Plain, class taught by Robert Thornhill

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

    Robert Thornhill will teach the third of a series of botany classes.  The class will be held at Carolina Beach State Park in Carolina Beach.  Robert is a botanist, teacher, and past winner of a NCNPS Shinn Grant for his work at Shaken Creek.

    We will focus on selected native oaks and woody vines of the NC Coastal Plain.  These are both confusing topics but Robert has a gift for bringing order out of chaos!  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 PM at the Visitors Center at Carolina Beach State Park.  Please be on time!

    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.  Bring water, snacks if needed, suncream, 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.  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.

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    Wednesday, April 08, 2015

    Blue Ridge Chapter First Meeting!

    (The meeting room will open at 6:30 with the meeting running from 7:00-9:00 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

    The North Carolina Native Plant Society (NCNPS) is pleased to announce the formation of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the state organization. We will be based in Boone.

    Mark Rose will present a PowerPoint program entitled “North Carolina Native Plants: Three seasons of blooms”. It seems the appropriate beginning for our group. The program will show the progression of blooms from the early Skunk Cabbage to the fall Asters.

    For the first year we will be meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at the Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607.

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    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    Mitchell Mill State Natural Area Field Trip - postponed to April 26

    (Meet at site at 2 p.m. or at Reid Garden at 1 p.m. to carpool. (Directions to site provided to registrants.))
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter


    Hugh Nourse will lead an exploration of the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area flat rocks, off NC 96 east of Wake Forest.  We hope to find the Elf Orpine in bloom on the rocks, as well as other mid- spring bloomers such as Fringe Tree, Pinxterbloom Azalea, and Possumhaw Viburnum. 
    Note:  This trip is on for April 26, rain or shine.  Hoping for shine, or at least no rain.

    Please contact Amy Mackintosh (amy @ ncwildflower.org) to register or for more information. (Re-type this email address in your email without the spaces around the @ sign.)

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    Sunday, April 05, 2015

    Reid Wild Flower Garden - Easter Open Garden

    (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter


    Come enjoy the magic of native woodland wild flowers in bloom on Easter afternoon in the Margaret Reid Wild Flower Garden in Raleigh.  Easter being early this year, it’s likely to a bit before the peak spring bloom, but there’s always something of interest in the garden. The toadshade trillium, windflowers,and spring beauties are likely to be blooming, and the columbines, red buckeye, blue phlox and early wild azaleas may be starting to open.  Trails through the garden are narrow and uneven.  Accompanied children are welcome.  Please leave dogs at home.

    The Reid Garden is located at 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh - corner of Dixie Trail and Lewis Farm Rd.  Park on Lewis Farm Rd. Contact Amy Mackintosh (amy @ ncwildflower.org) for more information.

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    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Reid Wild Flower Garden Workday

    (9 a.m. to noon)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter


    Join Friends of the Reid Garden in maintaining this woodland wild flower gem: the Margaret Reid Wild Flower Garden. The garden should be near peak of the native spring blossoms this week, so a wonderful place to spend a morning admiring flowers while helping to remove invasives.

    The Reid Garden is located at 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh - corner of Dixie Trail and Lewis Farm Rd.  Park on Lewis Farm Rd. Contact Amy Mackintosh (amy @ ncwildflower.org) for more information.

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    Sunday, April 12, 2015

    Field Trip To Suther’s Wet Prairie

    (Arrive at Reedy Creek Nature Center by 1:00 PM to Van-Pool to Suther Prairie. Site tour begins at 2:00 PM. We expect to return to Reedy Creek before 5 PM.)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Join us for a field trip to Suther’s Wet Prairie, a wildflower meadow protected by Cabarrus Soil & Water Conservation District and NC’s Plant Conservation Program (NCDACS). This visit is a rare opportunity as the site is not open to the general public. The NCNPS-SP chapter visit is being coordinated and led by Dennis Testerman, Resource Conservation Specialist with the Cabarrus SWCD.

    The Suther wet prairie is located in Cabarrus County, about 27 miles northeast of Charlotte. According to historical records, the Suther prairie has never been plowed. This very unusual condition has resulted in a high quality site that is over 90% native vegetation. This site is noticeably wetter and has a different species assemblage than the typical Piedmont prairie. Species of note include Atamasco Lily, Red Canada Lily, Indian Paintbrush, and Gamma Grass. This prairie is a source of ecotypes of native plants that are being used for regional and national conservation projects. In fact, three varieties of native warm season grasses from the site have been collected, propagated, and distributed by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    The Suther Family was recognized as the 2011 Conservation Farm Family by Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for their commitment to land stewardship. The family farm is also recognized as a “Century Farm” by the state. The Suther family tradition of stewardship extends all the way back to the mid-1700’s and is rooted in the family’s Lutheran faith and their belief that land is sacred and a divine gift. Currently the site is a State-designated Significant Natural Heritage Area.


    **Please note that site access at Suther Prairie can be difficult. Based on weather conditions, it may be necessary to walk across a stream and then hike a short distance to the prairie. Once at the site, there is limited shade, so sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen may be beneficial. Sturdy hiking shoes are a must. Due to limited parking availability at the site, this trip is limited to current NCNPS members. If you would like to attend and are not a member please visit ncwildflower.org to join.  We will van-pool from Reedy Creek Nature Center. Please arrive by 1:00.  We expect to return by 5:00PM. Please RSVP to Laura Domingo, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to insure adequate transportation is provided. If you prefer to meet us near the site, contact Laura and she will give you directions.

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    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    Field Trip to Croatan National Forest with Jeannie Kraus, April 26

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

    See Croatan National Forest in the spring, with Jeannie Kraus, former education curator of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort and author/illustrator of A Guide to Ocean Dune Plants Common to North Carolina and A Guide to Salt Marsh Plants Common to North Carolina. 

    We will visit a recently burned area with abundant insectivorous plants as well as the beautiful Millis Rd Savanna Natural Area.  To understand the ecology of the area, see Dirk Frankenberg’s Exploring North Carolina’s Natural Areas: Parks, Nature Preserves, and Hiking Trails. The chapter on Croatan National Forest, pp 134 - 144, was written by Jeannie and is a great introduction to the sites we will visit.

    Meet at 1 PM at Patsy Pond Trail parking lot, located on HWY 24 midway between Cape Carteret and Morehead City, in the community of Ocean.  Please be on time. We will walk Patsy Pond trail and then caravan into the national forest, ending at 3 pm on Millis Rd near Hwy 58.  To return to Patsy Pond:  Millis Rd ends at a paved road.  Turn left and then right to reach Hwy 58.  Turn left on 58 and then go east (left) on Hwy 24 to return to the starting point.

    Directions: From the intersection of US 17 N and NC 24 E, go about 27 miles east on NC 24.  The entrance to the Patsy Pond trail is on the left, across the highway from the NC Coastal Federation office (3609 NC 24, Newport).

    Heading west on NC 24, the trailhead is 1/2 mile west of Croatan High School.

    Please dress appropriately in long pants, a hat and hiking shoes.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and any snacks you require. There are no restrooms.

     

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    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    5th Full Moonrise over Grass of Parnassus

    Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

    Aug. the 29th is the Full Moon Over Grass of Parnassus. We will meet late Saturday afternoon around 6-7 at Wolf Mt. overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway and picnic and botanize. Then as the sun goes down we will travel several overlooks down and watch the full moon rise over the mountains! I will bring a portable grill and materials for s’mores- mmmm! The Wolf Mt. overlook is south of the 215 road crossing at MP 424.8. Hope to see you there!
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    (Photo by Nancy Lee Adamson: Parnassia asarifolia, grass of Parnassus in a “vertical bog” on the Blue Ridge Parkway, October 2013, during the NC Native Plant Society Fall Trip.

    Please check back for details.

    We’ll be joined by SAPS (Southern Appalachian Plant Society) and maybe people from Blue Ridge Naturalists and Western Carolina Botany Club.

    RSVP: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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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!


    (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.)

    We will meet at 9:30 at the Lowes Hardware in Brevard right off of highway 64 (119 Ecusta Road Brevard, NC 28712, Store #1990), park nearest HWY 64. We will meet there and cross the road to the Estatoe trail. Once we finish this trail people who want more can opt to drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway to see unique high elevation moss species. Hand lenses would be helpful. If you don’t have one I will have some you can borrow. It should be an awesome hike with mosses, fall flowers, and fall colors!
    Estatoe Trail
    Easy, 0.7mi Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles
    This new, easy trail follows the Davidson River up from the Lowe’s in Brevard to the Davidson River Campground, connecting to the city of Brevard’s greenway system. Easy, nearly level trail with some nice riverside scenery. Passes a large rock cliff at one point.

    We’ll be joined by SAPS (Southern Appalachian Plant Society) and maybe people from Blue Ridge Naturalists and Western Carolina Botany Club.

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    (Photo by Nancy Lee Adamson: Leucodon moss growing on a tree trunk at Devils’ Courthouse along the Blue Ridge Parkway.)


    (Photo by Nancy Lee Adamson: Jim exploring for bryophytes near Hickorynut Mountain in McDowell County, NC, in 2013.)

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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.
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    (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.)

    This hike is already filled. Because it is within the Linville Gorge Wilderness area there was a strict limit of ten participants. But due to the high interest we may schedule this hike again next fall!

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    (Photo by Nancy Lee Adamson: Gary Kauffman leading Cullowhee Native Plant Conference participants on a visit to Panthertown, NC, in July 2014.)

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    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Dan Pittillo’s Nodding Trillium Garden

    Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

    imageDan Pittillo, Retired Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University, one of North Carolina’s most beloved educators and conservationists, has been a student of floristics of the southern Appalachian region for most of his years since he first collected for the Flora of the Carolinas in 1956. During his forty-year tenure at WCU he saved some collections to augment the native flora of a small ravine at his home. An excess of 50 species are now seen in this small garden with a moderately steep footpath with steps and rails (difficulty moderate). The Nodding Trillium Garden is part of the Pittillo Family Nature Preserve and Cashiers-Highlands Land Trust.

    Dan has written many technical articles, book chapters and a couple of books, including Seasons in a Wildflower Refuge (with Janet Lilley and Linda McFarland for the garden at Lake Junaluska). As a 1977 Founding Member of the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society, he continues as Board member. He received two state Governor education awards through Western Carolina University and NC Wildlife Commission, and the Tom Dodd Award by Cullowhee Native Plant Conference. With ongoing interest in conservation projects he remains with the Board of the Friends of Panthertown and Discover Life In America, All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and additions to the flora of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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    (Photo by Dan Pittillo: Little sweet Betsy, Trillium cuneatum, in Dan’s Nodding Trillium Garden, part of the Pittillo Family Nature Preserve and Cashiers-Highlands Land Trust, in Sylva, NC.)

    To learn more about some of Dan’s excursions with the Southern Appalachian Plant Society of North Carolina and Georgia, visit http://sapsncga.blogspot.com.

    We are joining SAPS (Southern Appalachian Plant Society) and maybe people from Blue Ridge Naturalists and Western Carolina Botany Club.

    There is limited space, so please contact Susan right away if you are interested.  Participation will be on a first come, first served basis.

    RSVP: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  -  See you in the mountains, Susan Sunflower
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    (Photo by Dan Pittillo: Creeping phlox, Phlox stolonifera and ramps Allium tricoccum, in Dan’s Nodding Trillium Garden, part of the Pittillo Family Nature Preserve and Cashiers-Highlands Land Trust, in Sylva, NC.)

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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

    Since our earliest days,  the botanical treasures of the Carolinas have lured visitors to explore and document the flora of our mountain peaks and balds, our rich cove forests, and our handsome longleaf pine savannas.  Follow in the footsteps of the Bartrams,  Andre Michaux,  Asa Gray and countless others while celebrating the start of spring with a photographic tour of a half-dozen of our richest wildflower destinations with Will Stuart, native plant enthusiast and photographer for Native Plants of the Southeast.  Will promises you will find a native plant or two to add to your life list. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the meeting.

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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/

    We will be meeting at the northern arm of Greenfield Lake, at the intersection of Lake Branch Drive and E. Lake Shore Drive.  Parking is available at Lake Forest Baptist Church, as well as along E. Lake Shore Drive.

    Click Here For a larger map to our meeting location

    Click Here For a map of the park

    Please dress for the weather and wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves, a hat and appropriate shoes (no sandals).  There is poison ivy in the park.  We will have some gloves and equipment to share, but if you have your own work gloves and loppers or hand-saws, please bring them along.  We will bring snacks and water!  Our work location does not have a restroom, but restrooms are available in the park.

     

     

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    Wednesday, May 06, 2015

    Members Share Their Favorite Native Plants

    (7 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

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    Bring your plant stories for this fun and informative evening.  Besides being a story-sharing evening, we also share plants.  Bring one or more of your favorites to share, or bring several of those that you divide regularly.  If we don’t find homes for them at this meeting, you can bring them to the full NC NPS annual meeting at Hagan-Stone Park on Saturday, June 6th, where the auctioneer is also a marvelous educator (see main events page for details).  All proceeds from the annual meeting native plant auction help provide scholarships for the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July, one of the best native plant events in the country! (Photo: Judy West’s wonderful liverwort, Hepatica nobilis, spring 2015, by Nancy Lee Adamson, in search of pollinators.  If you see and/or photograph its pollinators, please share the story and the photo!)

    Meeting Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro

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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.

    Meeting Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro

    Contact: 855-8022

     

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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.


    (Photo: Dale with the preserve’s namesake Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia.)

    Meeting Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro

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    Wednesday, February 04, 2015

    Great Hikes for Wildflowers at Pilot Mountain State Park

    (7 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

    Join Pilot Mountain State Park Superintendent Matt Windsor sharing the best trails and times to explore for wildflowers at Pilot Mountain.

    With slides and a wealth of personal experience hiking the many trails, Matt Windsor will highlight trails from the summit of Pilot Mountain to the banks of the Yadkin River. Everyone is welcome!  For more information about Pilot Mountain, visit http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/pimo/main.php.

    Meeting Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro

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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 the 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

    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.

    Registration is closed.

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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: Southern Piedmont 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.

    Click here for a larger map to the location.

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    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    Winter Botany class with Robert Thornhill

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

    Robert Thornhill will teach the first of a series of botany classes.  Robert is a botanist, teacher and past winner of a NCNPS Shinn Grant for his work at Shaken Creek. The subject is Winter Botany: identifying our SE Coastal plants in winter.  You will learn how to look at twigs and buds for identification clues.  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 PM at the Visitors Center at Carolina Beach State Park.  Please be on time!

    The class will begin inside and we will end by 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.

    Directions from Wilmington:
    Take NC-132 S/S College Rd and US-421 S to Dow Rd N in Carolina Beach.  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.

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    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Jan. 11, 2:00 PM Southern Piedmont Chapter Meeting

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

    Tour Mecklenburg County Herbarium with Catherine Luckenbaugh, Curator of James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.

    We will learn how to press and preserve our own plants, as well as learn about the ethics, scientific relevance, logistics and required data for submitting a sample.

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    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Jan. 11, 2:00 PM Southern Piedmont Chapter Meeting

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

    Tour Mecklenburg County Herbarium with Catherine Luckenbaugh, Curator of James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.

    We will learn how to press and preserve our own plants, as well as learn about the ethics, scientific relevance, logistics and required data for submitting a sample.

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    Sunday, January 04, 2015

    Field Trip to Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Bahama NC

    (Trip is cancelled for today due to thunderstorm predictions. We will reschedule - stay tuned. )
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    Triangle Land Conservancy’s Community Engagement Coordinator will be our guide as we explore the newest trails that TLC opened in November 2014.
    Horton Grove is TLC’s largest Nature Preserve at just over 708 acres. The preserve contains land on both sides of Jock Road in northern Durham County, which was once part of the Stagville Plantation. Horton Grove contains five miles of perennial streams and was a project of the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative (UNCWI) to protect water quality of streams flowing into the Falls Lake Reservoir. The preserve currently contains approximately 8 miles of trail and TLC is working to expand the trail network to provide further hiking opportunities, including a connection to the Stagville State Historic Site. Once the trail network is completed, Horton Grove will provide over 10 miles of hiking trails.
    These trails wind through mature forests, including upland oak-hickory forests, beech slopes, and several stands of mixed pine and hardwoods. In addition, TLC has restored two small native plant meadows, including a 20-acre meadow surrounding the main parking area. Open meadows and grasslands are important for numerous species, but have become rare throughout the piedmont of North Carolina. TLC is restoring native grasses that provide nesting and foraging habitat for a variety of bird species, as well as flowering forbs to support pollinators.

    Please register for this trip with Amy Mackintosh at mackintosh.amy @ gmail.com and provide her with contact info to reach you on Sunday in case we need to make changes to the schedule due to weather.  We’ll go shine or drizzle, but in case of real rain we’ll postpone to another day.
    Physical Address: 7360 Jock Road, Bahama NC 27503
    Directions:  From Durham, take Roxboro Street north, passing under I-85. About 1.8 miles after passing I-85, turn right on Old Oxford Road. Continue on Old Oxford for 7.5 miles. After passing the main entrance to the Stagville State Historic Site on your right, turn left on Jock Road.(gravel) just as you reach a sharp bend in Old Oxford Road.  Continue on Jock Road. for 1 mile to reach the main parking area.

    Also see the following proposal from our TLC guide and let Amy know if you’re interested:
    “Given the wealth of information your group has to offer I propose that our Sunday outing focus on the newest trails because a) they were just opened in November 2014 and b) TLC as a team has not yet sat down to craft a new Horton Grove Hiking guide for visitors.  As the community engagement coordinator, I see this as an opening for an excellent collaboration.  Recently, I’ve been introduced to iNaturalist and think that this would be a cool way for TLC to help folks connect to nature while also providing a resource for all to enjoy and learn from.
    If you and members of the NC Native Plant Society are up for trying out iNaturalist,  I’ll do all the set-up for it and send you the app directions for folks who would want to directly input their information. I can also provide mini-notebooks for folks who prefer writing out their observations.  Please let me know what you think of this and if thoughts come to your mind that would make our outing better or more engaging.”

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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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    Saturday, January 10, 2015

    Reid Wild Flower Garden Workday - Raleigh

    (9 A.M.-ish to Noon - We may start later if it's really cold. )
    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.

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    Sunday, December 07, 2014

    Triangle/Reid Chapter Holiday Potluck at the Reid Garden

    (5- 7ish PM)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter


    Time for the annual NCNPS Reid (Triangle) Chapter & Reid Garden Friends gathering at Reid Wild Flower garden at 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh! Robert Mackintosh has generously agreed to share his house again.  We look forward to good fellowship and food, and swapping of stories about plants, gardens, plant explorations, and more.  For more information contact Amy Mackintosh (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).  RSVPs appreciated.

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    Sunday, December 07, 2014

    Triangle/Reid Chapter Holiday Potluck at the Reid Garden

    (5- 7ish PM)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    Time for the annual NCNPS Reid (Triangle) Chapter & Reid Garden Friends gathering at Reid Wild Flower garden at 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh! Robert Mackintosh has generously agreed to share his house again.  We look forward to good fellowship and food, and swapping of stories about plants, gardens, plant explorations, and more.  For more information contact Amy Mackintosh (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).  RSVPs appreciated.

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    Sunday, December 14, 2014

    Seed Swap and Festive Food Fun

    (2-4PM)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Bring your favorite seeds and your favorite festive snack to share with members at Reedy Creek Nature Center

    Each member is asked to bring a collection of dried seeds from up to 3 favorite native plants. We will provide envelopes for sharing. If you can clean the seeds prior to the meeting that is helpful. Please label your seeds with both common name and latin name if you know it. In addition members are asked to bring a light snack to share as we exchange seeds and talk about our favorite native plants.

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    Sunday, November 09, 2014

    Invasive Plants Removal at Mineral Springs Barrens Preserve

    (2:00-4:00 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Southern Piedmont Chapter will work on a small area of the Mineral Springs Barrens Preserve, home to an otherwise healthy population of the federally endangered Schweinitz’s Sunflower to remove invasive species.

    One of the best things that you can do to help native plants is to learn how to identify and control invasive plants.  Not only do invasive plants crowd and shade out native species but some actually use chemical warfare (allelopathy) to keep other plants from growing.  The task can seem overwhelming but the results can be amazing.  Our group has been asked to work on a small area of the Mineral Springs Barrens Preserve, home to an otherwise healthy population of the federally endangered Schweinitz’s Sunflower and one of the few state owned preserves in this part of the state.  In the area where we’ll be working, Asian Wisteria, Japanese Honeysuckle, Eleagnus and Chinese Privet (aka The Usual Suspects) are crowding out a population of the endangered sunflowers.  The area is easily accessible, limited in scope and the pesky critters that you might run across at other times of the year should be dormant.  We will use hand tools to cut (bring any handsaws, loppers, pruners) and we’ll even have a couple of weed wrenches on hand for anyone who would like to give them a try.  We will have handouts available so that you can take your skills and knowledge home with you.
    In addition to any hand tools that you can bring, wear long pants, sturdy shoes and gloves.  We’ll meet on Valley Farm Road, just off of McNeely Road in Waxhaw.  Map: Intersection of Valley Farm Rd and McNeely Rd., Waxhaw Call or email Lisa Tompkins with any questions at 704/877-6934 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    Sunday, November 02, 2014

    Field Trip: Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

    (Meet at 2 PM.)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    High scenic views and mountain trails await you at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. This Piedmont monadnock has been recognized as one of the most important natural areas in the Triangle. It is the highest point in Orange County at 867 feet, and the oak forest, pond, field, heath bluff, and river habitats found on the mountain support species that are rare and significant in this region. See the park’s webpage for more information:  http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/ocmo/main.php

    Meet at the Occoneechee Mountain parking lot at the end of Virginia Cates Rd. in Hillsborough. Please contact Amy Mackintosh (amy @ ncwildflower.org) to register for this trip.

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    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    Croatan National Forest walk with Jeannie Kraus

    (2 P.M. - 4 P.M.)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    See Croatan National Forest with Jeannie Kraus, former education curator of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort and author/illustrator of A Guide to Ocean Dune Plants Common to North Carolina and A Guide to Salt Marsh Plants Common to North Carolina.

    We will visit a recently burned area with abundant insectivorous plants as well as the beautiful Millis Rd Savanna Natural Area and other of Jeannie’s favorite spots.  To understand the ecology of the area, see Dirk Frankenberg’s The Nature of North Carolina’s Southern Coast: Barrier Islands, Coastal Waters, and Wetlands.  It is well worth reading the section, “Beaufort through Bogue Sound”, before the trip.

    Meet promptly at 2 PM at Patsy Pond trail parking lot located on HWY 24 midway between Cape Carteret and Morehead City, in the community of Ocean.  We will visit the sinkhole near the parking lot at Patsy Pond.  From there, we will caravan into the national forest and end at 4 pm on Millis Rd near Hwy 58, just north of Cedar Point and Cape Carteret.  To return to Patsy Pond:  Millis Rd ends at a paved road.  Turn left and then right to reach Hwy 58.  Turn left on 58 and then go east (left) on Hwy 24 to return to the starting point.


    Directions: From the intersection of US 17 N and NC 24 E, go about 27 miles east on NC 24.  The entrance to the Patsy Pond trail is on the left, across the highway from the NC Coastal Federation office (3609 NC 24, Newport).

    Heading west on NC 24, the trailhead is 1/2 mile west of Croatan High School.

    Please dress appropriately and bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and any snacks you require. There are no restrooms.

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    Sunday, November 02, 2014

    Green Swamp walk with Robert Thornhill

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

    Sunday, Nov 2, Robert Thornhill will lead a walk in Green Swamp, near Supply, NC.  This is one of the most botanically interesting sites in our area, well-know for carnivorous plants, orchids and more.  Robert has his masters degree in plant biology at NC State and was the 2011 winner of a NC Native Plant Society Shinn Grant Award for his work, The Vascular Flora and Soils of Shaken Creek Savannas (Pender County, NC).  

    Meet at 8:50 am in the parking lot of the Green Swamp preserve.  Please be on time! We will begin promptly at 9. 

    Bring appropriate clothes and footwear.  The trails are muddy.  Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks advised.  Mosquitoes and ticks are likely to be plentiful.  No restrooms.  There are places to stop at the intersection of Hwy 17 and 211.

    Directions from Wilmington: From the intersection of Hwy 17 and 211 in Supply,  take a right on 211.  Continue for 5.7 miles.  The parking lot is on the right side and is marked with a small Nature Conservancy sign.  There is a borrow pit pond next to the parking.

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    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    POSTPONED: Croatan National Forest walk with Jeannie Kraus

    (2 P.M. - 4 P.M.)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    POSTPONED - PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR THE RESCHEDULED DATE. See Croatan National Forest with Jeannie Kraus, former education curator of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort and author/illustrator of A Guide to Ocean Dune Plants Common to North Carolina and A Guide to Salt Marsh Plants Common to North Carolina.

    We will visit a recently burned area with abundant insectivorous plants as well as the beautiful Millis Rd Savanna Natural Area and other of Jeannie’s favorite spots.  To understand the ecology of the area, see Dirk Frankenberg’s The Nature of North Carolina’s Southern Coast: Barrier Islands, Coastal Waters, and Wetlands.  It is well worth reading the section, “Beaufort through Bogue Sound”, before the trip.

    Alternate date in case of cancellation: October 26

    Meet promptly at 2 PM at Patsy Pond trail parking lot located on HWY 24 midway between Cape Carteret and Morehead City, in the community of Ocean.  We will visit the sinkhole near the parking lot at Patsy Pond.  From there, we will caravan into the national forest and end at 4 pm on Millis Rd near Hwy 58, just north of Cedar Point and Cape Carteret.  To return to Patsy Pond:  Millis Rd ends at a paved road.  Turn left and then right to reach Hwy 58.  Turn left on 58 and then go east (left) on Hwy 24 to return to the starting point.


    Directions: From the intersection of US 17 N and NC 24 E, go about 27 miles east on NC 24.  The entrance to the Patsy Pond trail is on the left, across the highway from the NC Coastal Federation office (3609 NC 24, Newport).

    Heading west on NC 24, the trailhead is 1/2 mile west of Croatan High School.

    Please dress appropriately and bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and any snacks you require. There are no restrooms.

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    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Swiftbrook Gardens Open Garden

    (1-5 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    NCNPS Triangle/Reid Chapter members Dale Batchelor and John Thomas welcome visitors to join them for an afternoon stroll as their 1.25-acre garden transitions from summer to fall.

    Swiftbrook Gardens is a restful retreat for humans and refuge for native plants and wildlife located at 5508 Swiftbrook Cir, Raleigh, NC 27606 in the Lake Wheeler watershed. The North Carolina Native Plant Society recognizes Swiftbrook Gardens as a Native Plant Habitat, and it is a National Wildlife Federation certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
    Paths include uneven woodland trails, so sturdy shoes and outdoor wear are recommended. Please leave pets at home

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    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Reid Garden Workday

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

    The Reid/Triangle Chapter’s monthly 2nd Saturday Reid Garden workdays will resume this coming Saturday.  Join us for garden stewardship and fellowship, and to admire the yellow and white composites that brighten the forest floor at this season at the Reid Wild Flower Garden, 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. 

    The Margaret Reid Wild Flower Garden is a privately owned 1.5-acre woodland garden surrounding a residence in west Raleigh, protected by a conservation easement. The garden features a wide variety of native North Carolina Piedmont plants from the Triangle region. Contact Amy Mackintosh at amy @ ncwildflower.org for more information.

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    Saturday, September 06, 2014

    AJ Bullard talking about fruit varieties for NC on Tarheel Gardener - WPTF 680 AM

    (8-11 AM)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    Our fellow NCNPS member, avid gardener, and all-round plant expert, AJ Bullard, will be the guest on the Tarheel Gardener radio show this Saturday morning.  It’s on WPTF - 680 on the AM band.
    He’ll be talking about fruit culture and varieties that do well in North Carolina Piedmont and Coastal Plain.  AJ has an extensive garden with a wide range of edible fruit plants in Mount Olive, NJ.

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    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    CAROLINA BEACH STATE PARK WALK rescheduled

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

    Carla Edwards, Park Ranger at CBSP, and Dr. AJ Bullard, expert on native woody vines, shrubs and trees, will lead the walk.  We will visit some newly burned areas where Longleaf habitat restoration is taking place and will end with the Flytrap Trail.

    Several coastal ecosystems are present in the park. Forests dominated by longleaf pine, turkey oak and live oak occupy the dry, coarse soil of a series of relict sand dunes. Between the dunes are dense shrub swamps, called pocosins, populated by pond pines, loblolly and sweet bay, yaupon and evergreen shrubs. Brackish marshes consisting primarily of cordgrasses and sedges can be found beyond the relict dunes adjacent to the river.  This is a special place, with 382 species of vascular plants within its boundary.

    We will meet at the Visitors Center at 9 A.M. Please be on time.  The entrance for the park is on Dow Rd.  The park gates open at 8 am.  Follow the park entrance road until you see the Visitors Center on your right.

    For directions to the park, see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/directions.php

    For a map of the park, see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/pics/parkmap.pdf

    Directions from 421 S:

    From 421 S, stay straight to cross the bridge into Carolina Beach.  Take a right on Dow Rd.  Continue about .3 miles.  The park entrance is on your right.

    Bring sunscreen and insect repellant.  Dress for the heat (hat, cool clothes, hiking shoes) and bring water and snacks.  There are rest rooms at the Visitors Center.

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    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Tour of Mellichamp Native Plant Terrace at UNCC Botanical Gardens

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

    Tour the new Native Plant Terrace at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden led by Ed Davis, Landscape Architect

    Our new garden blends our southeastern native flora, sustainable practices, and smart home landscape design together in a 1/5 acre showplace. The design for the “Mellichamp Native Terrace” artfully combines common home landscape features – wooden and stone terraces, low stone walls, gravel paths and a dry / stormwater-fed streambed. The garden will showcase a variety of native plants filling common landscape needs such as for groundcovers, specimen plants, flower borders, privacy hedges, and foundation plantings.

    Visitors can see a completed Phase One which currently features a rain garden and a mini-meadow planting. Phase Two, a formal terrace demonstration garden, is under construction with the goal of being planted by this fall. NCNPS member and landscape architect, Ed Davis, will tour us through the garden and answer questions.For more information visit UNCC Botanical Gardens.

    Meet at main entrance to McMillan Greenhouse at 2:00 PM and we will walk to Mellichamp Native Terrace for the tour.

     

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    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Nature Walk led by Dr. Carrie Dejaco, McDowell Nature Preserve

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

    While most of the trails in the preserve are in the wooded areas, we will instead venture into the prairie area to view the late summer extravaganza of a display by many different types of asters such as the bright and beautiful goldenrod, which frequently gets blamed for folks’ ragweed allergies this time of year, and the warm-season grasses such as the 6-ft. tall Indian grass. 

    This part of the preserve is not accessible via the main entrance and does not have much of a parking area.  Carrie suggests that we meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center and then carpool the mile or so to the prairie area.

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    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Tour of Dearness Gardens

    (Starts at 2 PM )
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Christine Lisiewski, Dearness Nursery Manager, will talk about the native wildflower meadow she is planting at the nursery as well as the Robbins Park Butterfly garden.  A tour of the nursery will follow, and shopping.  Christine will have as many natives in stock as possible.

    Join us at 13501 Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville at 2PM. Please visit the NCNPS-Southern Piedmont Chapter Facebook page if you would like to arrange a carpool. If you have questions or a specific plant you are looking for please call Dearness Gardnes at 704-875-8234Dearness Gardens

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    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Carolina Beach State Park walk

    (9 - 11 a.m.)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.

    Carla Edwards, Park Ranger at CBSP, and Dr. AJ Bullard, expert on native woody vines, shrubs and trees, will lead the walk.  We will visit some newly burned areas where Longleaf habitat restoration is taking place and will end with the Flytrap Trail.

    Several coastal ecosystems are present in the park. Forests dominated by longleaf pine, turkey oak and live oak occupy the dry, coarse soil of a series of relict sand dunes. Between the dunes are dense shrub swamps, called pocosins, populated by pond pines, loblolly and sweet bay, yaupon and evergreen shrubs. Brackish marshes consisting primarily of cordgrasses and sedges can be found beyond the relict dunes adjacent to the river.  This is a special place, with 382 species of vascular plants within its boundary.TH

    We will meet at the Visitors Center at 9 A.M. Please be on time.  The entrance for the park is on Dow Rd.  The park gates open at 8 am.  Follow the park entrance road until you see the Visitors Center on your right.

    For directions to the park, see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/directions.php

    For a map of the park, see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/pics/parkmap.pdf

    Directions from 421 S:

    From 421 S, stay straight to cross the bridge into Carolina Beach.  Take a right on Dow Rd.  Continue about .3 miles.  The park entrance is on your right.

    Bring sunscreen and insect repellant.  Dress for the heat (hat, cool clothes, hiking shoes) and bring water and snacks.  There are rest rooms at the Visitors Center.

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    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Buck Creek Serpentine Hike, near Franklin, Nc

    Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

    20 September - (with optional 19th as overnight) with Western Carolina Botany Club and Southern Appalachian Plant Society.
    We will hike Buck Creek Serpentine with Gary Kaufman, near Franklin NC. 

    Let us know if you are overnighting at the Franklin Microtel ($54.), to be included in dinner reservation. ssflower2 At   gmail.com

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    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Big East Fork Trail Hike - June 28

    Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

    Big East Fork Trail, off 276, west of Blue Ridge Parkway, near Cruso (is the substitute for the previously scheduled Big Butt Trailhead in the area being repaired and forecast to open “late spring.”)
    In Big East Fork, the sweet azaleas will be blooming in June, says Randy Burroughs, our guide.

    RSVP to Susan, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) as there’s a legal limit of 10 per group on this trail, now would be good!
    Instructions/reminder will be sent the week before

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    Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Halyburton Park walk

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

    Join us on Sunday, June 8 for a walk through Halyburton Park with Andy Fairbanks, Halyburton Park Manager and Dr. John Taggart of UNCW’s Environmental Studies Department.  We will start in front of the Visitors Center at 9 am.  Please be on time!

    Halyburton Park is dry sandhill habitat with wetter areas of Wet Pine Flatwoods and a few limesink depressions.  If you have only walked the perimeter trail, the diversity of plants here will surprise you.

    Directions:
    Halyburton Park is at 4099 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28412.  From the intersection of College Rd and Oleander Dr, go south on S College Rd.  Continue 2.4 miles and take a right on S. 17th St.  Halyburton Park is 1 mile on your right.

    Please dress for the weather - cool clothes, walking shoes, hat, suncream and insect repellent. 

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    Sunday, May 04, 2014

    2014 Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

    (11 AM - 4 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Special Recommendations

    Visit seven remarkable private gardens , the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and Carolina’s community garden all on a single ticket.

    In addition to strolling in the gardens, visitors are invited to enjoy PAINT NC artists painting plein air in several of the private gardens, hear an outdoor performance by the NC Opera in the NC Botanical Garden and view gardening demonstrations at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG).

    Tour proceeds will help build the Children’s Wonder Garden at the NCBG.

    http://chapelhillgardentour.net/2014-tour-features/gardens-preview/

    Advance tickets $25.
    Children 16 and under FREE with ticketed adult
    On Tour days, tickets $30, available at all Tour gardens

    Tickets are available now!

    Purchase your tickets online through etix today.
    https://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1802926

    Beginning April 1, 2014 tickets may be purchased in person at these locations:

    Southern Season, University Mall
    Wild Bird Center, Eastgate
    Southern States, Carrboro
    Victoria Park Florist, Timberlyne
    Courtyard by Marriot, 54 East/Friday Center
    North Carolina Botanical Garden

     

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    Saturday, May 03, 2014

    Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

    (10 am - 4 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Special Recommendations

    Tour guests will have the opportunity to explore seven remarkable private Chapel Hill gardens, the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG).

    In addition to strolling in the gardens, visitors are invited to enjoy PAINT NC artists painting plein air in several of the private gardens, hear an outdoor performance by the NC Opera in the NC Botanical Garden and view gardening demonstrations at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG).

    Tour proceeds will help build the Children’s Wonder Garden at the NCBG.


    Advance tickets $25.
    Children 16 and under FREE with ticketed adult
    On Tour days, tickets $30, available at all Tour gardens

    Beginning April 1, 2014 tickets may be purchased in person at these locations:

    Southern Season, University Mall
    Wild Bird Center, Eastgate
    Southern States, Carrboro
    Victoria Park Florist, Timberlyne
    Courtyard by Marriot, 54 East/Friday Center
    North Carolina Botanical Garden

    Also available online:
    https://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1802926

     

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    Thursday, June 05, 2014

    The North American Orchid Conservation Center

    (noon - 1 pm)
    Event Sponsor: Special Recommendations

    Bring your lunch and join us at the NC Botanical Garden for a free lecture!

    Learn about native orchids and the Go Orchids website, the first major product of the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC, http://northamericanorchidcenter.org/). The website currently contains information on orchids of the New England and mid-Atlantic, as well as those that occur in North Carolina. Hear Dennis Whigham, Senior Botanist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, talk of plans to add orchids from the Southeast and other parts of the country to the database, with a goal of covering all taxa in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2014
    Free, but please register in advance.
    Click here to register: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-de32637e05f14f85b4eba0ca14c5e8b4

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    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Easter Open House

    (2 P.M. - 5 P.M.)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    Come view the spring blooms in this jewel of a native plant garden in Raleigh!

    Our annual Open Garden will feature later spring flowers this year (though with the continuing cool weather maybe the stars will be flowers that usually bloom during earlier Easters). Visitors are welcome - we’ll be there to show you around or you can explore on your own. The Reid Garden is at 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Contact Amy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    Saturday, May 03, 2014

    Getting Serious About Non-Native Invasive Plants

    (9 A.M. - noon)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    Native and Non-native invasive plants informational with George Morris (Board of the NC Invasive Plant Council) and Ken Moore (Emeritus Assistant Director of the NC Botanical Garden)

    Black Creek Greenway between Carrousel Lane and NW Maynard Road in Cary. Learning opportunities through out the 3 hours, but volunteers for the morning will learn the most. Parking will be available on Havensite Court outside the Weatherfield development.
    Contact margaret@ncwildflower for more

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    Saturday, June 06, 2015

    2015 Spring Picnic & Annual Meeting featuring Larry Mellichamp on “Big Bodacious Bog Bowl Building”

    (10 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Arrive by noon for lunch.)
    Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

    The 2015 Spring Picnic, June 6, at Hagan-Stone State Park south of Greensboro, will feature a potluck luncheon, and a native plant auction.

    Larry Mellichamp at 10:00 talking about making a bog garden in a pot

    Our Annual Meeting & Picnic will be held on June 6 at Hagan-Stone State Park, in Shelter #5.

    Big Bodacious Bog Bowl Building:
    A demonstration with native carnivorous plants, with Larry Mellichamp
    Bog plants can have beautiful flowers and leaves, form attractive combinations, and provide endless hours of entertainment, especially the carnivorous species. Full sun and moist, acidic soils are generally desirable. American bog plants may include carnivorous species such as pitcher plants (11 species of Sarracenia), Venus-flytrap, sundews, and non-carnivorous associates like Lilium catesbaei, Marshallia, Polygala, Sabatia, bog hatpins, Liatris spicata, milkweeds, and certain orchids (Pogonia and Calopogon). Choosing non-aggressive, adaptable species is important. We will consider growing such plants in portable containers and constructed in-ground beds. I will demonstrate the creation of a 14-inch bog bowl from scratch.

    The Annual Meeting
    We will have a short Annual Meeting with a quick review of our past year, introduction and approval of Officers and Board members for the coming term, and approval of a revision to our by-laws.

    A Bounty of Beautiful Books
    John Neal, Bookseller, will once again be offering a wonderful array of books for sale, including Larry Mellichamp’s lovely & informative Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden, and Jim Fowler’s hot-off-the-press Orchids, Carnivorous Plants, and Other Wildflowers of the Green Swamp, North Carolina. Thanks to John’s generosity, proceeds of the book sales benefit the NCNPS. Cash or checks are preferred for the books, but credit cards are accepted.

    Fabulous Food
    We’ll have great food, as always. As has been our custom the past few years, Tom Harville will stop at Smithfield’s on his way to the picnic and pick up chicken and BBQ. YOU will bring your favorite side dish(es) with enough to share: salads, vegetables, fruits, desserts, breads—whatever you enjoy sharing. NCNPS will provide beverages (tea and water—bring your own favorite if you don’t fancy those), ice, and paper products. There’s always great quantity and quality of the food at the picnic, but we’ll be lured away from the table by

    PLANTS! PLANTS! PLANTS!
    This is the auction that fills our coffers with scholarship money and our gardening appetites with exquisite variety. Pot up some plants you’d like to donate (don’t use fancy pots) and bring them to the auction, clearly labeled with botanical and/or common name, and if possible, a short description for the auctioneer. To reduce the time that the auction requires, smaller items or duplicates may be placed on a sale table, with larger or more unusual plants held for auction. Reminder: please do not bring plants that are designated rare, threatened, or endangered (RTE) by the NC Plant Conservation Board unless they were grown on your own land. If you do have such plants, you will be asked to fill out a short form at the picnic.

    Don’t forget
    Food to share
    A comfortable chair
    Sunscreen and hat
    Cash, checkbook, and/or credit card!


    Bring food to share for our always-excellent potluck at noon, which will be followed by the annual election of officers, and a native plant auction. Don’t forget to bring plants to contribute to the auction.

    Directions: From northeast of Greensboro, take I-40 toward Greensboro. Just outside Greensboro, I-40 and I-85 split. Stay to the left and follow I-85 south for 12–13 miles. Take Exit 126A to merge onto US 421 South. Follow 421 South toward Sanford for a little over 3 miles. Take the exit for Woody Mill Road/Company Mill Road. At the end of the exit ramp go right. Go ~0.6 mile and turn right onto Minden Road. Shortly thereafter turn left on Hagan-Stone Park Road. Go ~2 miles and turn right into the park. Look for signs to Shelter #5.
    Or Google: 5920 Hagan Stone Park Road, Pleasant Gardens NC 27313

     

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    Sunday, April 06, 2014

    Weymouth Woods - Sandhills Nature Preserve Field Trip

    (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    We’ll start this trip a bit earlier than usual so the State Park ranger on site can give us an introduction to the site before he has to go off to another program.

    Meet at 1:30 PM at Weymouth Woods in front of visitors center, (or 12:15 at the Reid Garden, Raleigh, to carpool.) Please contact Amy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register and let me know where you will join us. (Please send me your cell phone # also in case we need to reach you that day.)

    What we might see, per the ranger:
    The oldest known living Longleaf Pine -  over 470 years old;
    beaver activity on James creek and beaver ponds in different stages of succession;
    And some of these may be blooming:
    Yellow Jessamine - Gelsemium sempervirens
    Bog Spicebush - Lindera subcoriacea
    Trailing Arbutus - Epigaea repens
    Oak Ridge Lupine - Lupinus diffusus
    Sundial Lupine - Lupinus perennis
    Carolina Laurel Cherry - Prunus caroliniana
    Highbush Blueberry - Vaccinium corymbosum
    Longleaf Bluet - Houstonia longifolia
    Pink Azalea, Pinxster Azalea - Rhododendron periclymenoides
    Bird’s-foot Violet - Viola pedata
    Canada Cinquefoil - Potentilla canadensis
    Downy Serviceberry - Amelanchier arborea
    Dwarf Iris - Iris verna
    Primrose-leaf Violet - Viola primulifolia
    Wild Ipecac - Euphorbia ipecacuanhae
    Common Toadflax - Nuttallanthus canadensis
    Creeping Blueberry - Vaccinium crassifolium

    Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve is located on Fort Bragg Road, two miles east of Southern Pines in Moore County. Directional signs for the preserve are posted at the intersection of Saunders Boulevard and US 1 in Southern Pines, at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and NC 211 in Aberdeen, and at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Fort Bragg Road.

    http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wewo/main.php

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    Sunday, March 30, 2014

    Adventure in Ev-Henwood Preserve, with Roger Shew

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

    Roger Shew, of UNCW, will lead us.  Our goals are to discover, learn, and survey the variety of ecosystems in this UNCW nature preserve.
    After an introduction to the natural history of Ev-Henwood, we will divide into teams to identify, count, and map the plants in the preserve.  We will be locating plots, taking soil samples, creating plant inventories, and doing a bit of planting of wiregrass and longleaf pine seedlings. 

    This is an excellent opportunity for those of you that want to do real fieldwork with real scientists, contribute to the working knowledge of Ev-Henwood, and learn how to use GPS equipment!  And you do not need to have this sort of experience to participate!

    For this activity, we’d like to have an idea of the number of participants, so if you are interested, please let us know by email, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  There is no fee to participate.  You don’t need to be a NCNPS member.

    We will meet promptly at 9:00 a.m. at Ev-Henwood Preserve, 1650 Rock Creek Rd, Leland


    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.  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.

    To carpool:

    Meet in the parking lot at Kmart, 815 S College Rd, Wilmington.  We will leave promptly at 8:20 am.

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

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    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Silverbell Stroll with Will Stuart

    (Meet at Landsford Canal 2pm)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Landsford Canal State Park is best known for the rocky shoals spider lilies that decorate the river in late May.  But there is much to see along the Nature Trail, now part of the Carolina Thread Trail, in early April.  Carolina Silverbell is abundant and showy and attracts nectaring butterflies.  Our native honeysuckle and crossvine festoon the trees and attracting numerous pollinators.  Further along the trail, yellow corydalis carpet the trailside and attract falcate orange tip butterflies.  Leucothoe should be blossoming, too.  Spicebush, pawpaw, and yellow buckeyes are numerous.  Just below the lily viewing platform, a large population of green violet mixed with cut-leafed toothwort and scattered bloodroot.  Huge beech trees line the return walk along the Canal Trail and colonies of spring beauty are common.  Early April is the best time to hear and see bright yellow prothonotary warblers as they joust for nesting territories.  Northern parulas and Louisiana waterthrushes also nest along the river, as well as a pair of bald eagles.

    The walk is pleasant and level and about 2 miles round trip.  Restrooms and picnic facilities are available.  South Carolina does require a $2.00 admission fee/adult, $1.25/senior for this park.  Additional information and directions - Landsford Canal State Park

    Carpooling – If you’d like to meet at REI, Carolina Place Mall for carpooling to the site, contact Will at 704-560-9948 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    Sunday, February 09, 2014

    February - no meeting

    (2pm)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    No meeting this month

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    NC Invasive Plant Council Annual Meeting

    (February 11- 9:30 am - 5:00 pm February 12 8:00 am - noon)
    Event Sponsor: Special Recommendations

    The NC-Invasive Plant Council is holding their annual meeting at the NC Zoo in Asheboro next week, February 11 and 12.

    NC-IPC (formerly known as the NC Exotic Pest Plant Council) is the North Carolina state chapter of Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.The purpose is to provide focus for issues and concerns regarding exotic pest plants (invasive plants) in North Carolina. If anyone would be interested in attending the annual meeting, February 11 and 12, the information for registration is at the following website. http://nceppc.weebly.com/  Look under the 2014 annual meeting tab.

    Tuesday - morning session
    Moderator: Melanie Doyle

    8:30 - 9:30 Registration*
    9:30 - 9:45 Jim Burke (NC-IPC, President) and Nell Allen (NC Zoo, Rare Plant Curator) - Welcome and orientation.
    9:45 - 10:15 Ken McDermond - Keynote address.
    10:15 - 10:45 Gary Marshall - Invasive plant control in Mecklenburg County parks.
    10:45 - 11:00 Break*
    11:00 - 11:30 Rob Trickel - Monitoring and mapping invasive insects and pathogens.
    11:30 - 12:00 Kathy Kidd - Weed Bio-control within a regulatory agency.
    Lunch - Sponsored by Mellow Marsh Farm

    Tuesday - afternoon session
    Moderator: Jim Burke

    1:00 - 1:30 Johnny Randall - Birds and invasive plant dispersal.
    1:30 - 2:00 Gary Kauffman - Invasive plant challenges facing the Uwharries.
    2:00 - 2:30 Bridgette Haram - Invasive aquatic vegetation and arteriovenous malformation disease (AVM).
    2:30 - 2:45 Break*
    2:45 - 3:00 Rick Iverson - Cogon Grass Update & Excellence in Action Awards for Cogon Grass Early Detection.
    3:00 - 3:30 Derick Poindexter - Invasive plants knocking at our door.
    3:30-4:00 Janie Marlow - Ficaria verna: On the move.
    4:00 - 5:00 Membership Business Meeting & Day 1 Wrap-up.
    5:00 - 7:00 Social/Mixer @ the NC Zoo - Sponsored by River Works*

    Wednesday - morning session
    Moderator: Rob Emens

    7:30 - 8:00 Breakfast - Sponsored by the NC Zoo
    8:00 - 8:30 Colleen Bockhahn & Melanie Doyle - Preparing for Invasive Species Awareness Week.
    8:30 - 9:00 Debbie Crane - Making Invasives Newsworthy.
    9:00 - 9:30 Nell Allen - Horticulture programs at the NC Zoo.
    9:30 - 10:00 Pesticide Credits and Meeting Closing Remarks.
    10:00 - 11:00 Weed Identification Workshop (Group B only).

    Wednesday - field trip
    Green practices (Greenhouse & Compost operations), Zoo habitat, turf care, and toxic plant management.
    10:00 - 11:05 Group A
    11:00 - 12:05 Group B

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    Sunday, May 04, 2014

    Myrtle Head Savanna walk led by Sara Babin

    (10 A.M - 12 noon)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    Sara Babin, SE Coastal Plain Conservation Coordinator with the Nature Conservancy, will lead a walk to Myrtle Head Savanna in Brunswick Co.  Sara will tell us about the Nature Conservancy’s ongoing restoration of this unique savanna.

     

    To carpool, meet at 8:30 A.M. at the Nature Conservancy’s Wilmington office, 2807 Market Street.  PLEASE BE ON TIME.   We will leave promptly at 8:30 am.
    Bring water and any food or snacks you require.  Dress for the weather and wear a hat and appropriate shoes or boots.  Long sleeves and long pants help with insect bites and ticks.  Bring suncream and insect repellent!

    Directions:
    From Wilmington follow US 17 south to HWY 211 north.  Follow HWY 211 north 2 miles to Little Macedonia Rd.  Turn left on Little Macedonia Rd, go 2.5 miles to Makatoka Rd.  Turn right on Makatoka Rd and follow for 11 miles to Myrtle Head Rd.  Turn right on Myrtle Head Rd and follow for 3.5 miles.  The preserve is located off of a dirt road on the left.  Follow the dirt road .5 miles to an old logging road on the right.  Park along the dirt road and we will walk into the preserve on the logging road.

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    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Exploratory walk with Robert Thornhill at the Dunn Farm in Maple Hill

    (2 P.M. - 4 P.M.)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    Robert Thornhill will lead an exploration of Janine and Jim Dunn’s family farm in Maple Hill.  The farm is 38+ acres, and about half of this is pocosin swampland along Sandy Run Creek.  The land has not been formally studied for plants.  Robert received a NCNPS Shinn grant to catalog the plants at nearby Shaken Creek and is an excellent teacher. 

    Thanks to the Dunns for opening their land to us and to Robert for sharing his identification skills!

    Meet at the Dunn farm, 2031 Haws Run Rd, Maple Hill at 2 pm.  Please be on time.

    Directions:
    From Wilmington via I-40, take exit 398, onto Hwy 53 (Jacksonville).  Continue 13.4 miles to the intersection with Hwy 50.  There is a Scotchman at this intersection.
    Go right on NC-50.  Continue 6.3 miles to an intersection with two convenience stores.  50 goes off to the right here but stay straight onto Haws Run Rd.  The farm is .6 mile on the right.

    From the Hwy 17/ hwy 50 intersection in Holly Ridge, go west (left from Wilmington) on 50 W for 12 miles.  You will come to a stop sign with two convenience stores on the corners.  Go right onto Haws Run Rd.
    Continue for .6 mile.  The farm is on the right.

    Bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  You may need waterproof footwear for the wet areas!

    The Dunns have offered to let NCNPS members come early that day.  There are 4 ponds where people are welcome to fish.  Bring a light rod and bait. Please call ahead if you plan to arrive early, 910-455-7034.

    Thanks to the Dunns for their hospitality!

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    Sunday, February 02, 2014

    Greenfield Lake: Weeding Invasive Plants

    (1 - 3 PM)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    Melanie Doyle, Conservation Horticulturalist at the NC Aquarium at Ft Fisher, will lead us in the identification and eradication of invasive privet (Ligustrum spp) at Greenfield Lake, one of Wilmington’s most beautiful parks.  To learn more about the history of this park, see http://www.capefearriverwatch.org/education/greenfield-lake

    Meet at 1 pm at the Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake in Wilmington.  Please dress for the weather.  Wear clothes that can get dirty, closed shoes or boots, insect repellent, long sleeves and long pants.  If you have them, please bring work gloves and clippers or pruning shears.  We will be cutting and treating invasive privet.

    Directions: The Amphitheater is on Amphitheater Dr off W. Lake Shore Dr.  From Carolina Beach Rd, take Alabama Ave which curves left to become Honeysuckle St.  Take a right on Amphitheater Dr.  Our meeting place is on the left.
    From downtown Wilmington, go south on Carolina Beach Rd.  Go left on W Lake Shore Dr.  Go left again on Amphitheater Dr.  Our meeting place is on the right.

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    Sunday, February 02, 2014

    February 2 Field Trip

    (2:00 - 4:00 pm )
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    Horseshoe Farm Park Nature Preserve and nearby section of Neuse River Trail. 

    Meet at the Horseshoe Farm Park entrance (grassy parking outside the gate at the top of the field) at 2 PM.  Or at the Reid Garden (1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh) at 1 PM if you want to carpool. Please contact Amy Mackintosh (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to let her know you’re planning to attend and where you will meet us - and send her your cell phone # in case we need to reach you the day of the walk.

    For those of you who haven’t visited it: Horseshoe Farm Park Nature Preserve is an undeveloped Raleigh park property (so far -construction of the first phase is scheduled to start in May)  edged by the Neuse River that forms a horseshoe bend around the park.  It has a vast open field in the middle, edged by wide floodplain forest with wetlands and huge trees.  It’s an expansive place that’s particularly impressive to visit in winter months when you can see through the woods and enjoy the openness bug free.  Good birding - I see on the park’s Facebook page that some Bald Eagles often hang out there in winter.
    It is connected to the Neuse River Greenway trail by a new suspension bridge.  Here’s Herb Amyx’s description of the nearby trail:
    There is a new connector from Horseshoe Park (Raleigh/Rolesville) to the Neuse River Trail.  Take a short woodland trail from the parking lot to the paved Greenway Connector.  This connector parallels the Neuse River and there are bridges and overlooks.  A huge pedestrian bridge then crosses over the Neuse River to connect to the Neuse River Trail.  The bridge is easily seen from 401 as it is pretty close to the highway.  If you turn right and go upstream, it is a nice walk that dead ends, as that part of the trail is incomplete.  At the dead end point there is a huge and unique greenway boardwalk that reminds one of a roller coaster - something very different from other bridges and boardwalks. 

    http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/PRecDesignDevelop/Articles/HorseshoeFarmPark.html

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    Sunday, January 12, 2014

    No meeting for January!

    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    No meeting for January.  Hope to see you in February!

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    Friday, October 03, 2014

    2014 Fall Trip & General Meeting

    (2:00 P.M. Friday, October 3 to 1:00 P.M. Sunday, October 5)
    Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

    2014 Fall Trip: October 3–5, 2014, Pilot Mountain & Hanging Rock state parks and vicinity, Stokes & Surry counties, NC

    Our 2014 Fall Trip, October 3–5, will take us to two of the Piedmont’s most distinctive sites, Pilot Mountain State Park and Hanging Rock State Park, as well as to some protected areas in their vicinity.

    The optional Friday afternoon walk will be at Pilot Mountain, and Friday evening we will enjoy some social time and a talk on the natural history of the area, by Dr. Ken Bridle (Stewardship Director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy and a former NCNPS president), who knows this area very well indeed.
    Saturday Dr. Bridle will take us to some Piedmont Land Conservancy properties in the vicinity. Following a catered dinner Saturday night, NCNPS artist Betty Lou Chaika will share with us some of the drawings she’s made on NCNPS trips, and talk about plant communities we’ve visited.
    Sunday morning will feature walks at Hanging Rock State Park.
    Stay tuned for more details.
    To register, go to http://northcarolinanativeplantsociety.wildapricot.org/ OR download the registration form.
    NCNPS_Fall_Trip_2014_Registration_Form.pdfNCNPS_Fall_Trip_2014_Registration_Form.pdf

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    Sunday, February 02, 2014

    Greenfield Lake: Weeding Invasive Plants: Postponed due to cold weather

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

    This event has been postponed due to cold.  New date: Feb 2.
    Melanie Doyle, Conservation Horticulturalist at the NC Aquarium at Ft Fisher, will lead us in the identification and eradication of invasive plants at Greenfield Lake, one of Wilmington’s most beautiful parks.  To learn more about the history of this park, see http://www.capefearriverwatch.org/education/greenfield-lake

    Meet at 1 pm at the Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake in Wilmington.  Please dress for the weather.  Wear clothes that can get dirty, closed shoes or boots, insect repellent, long sleeves and long pants.  If you have them, please bring work gloves and clippers or pruning shears.  We will be cutting and treating invasive privet.

    Directions: The Amphitheater is on Amphitheater Dr off W. Lake Shore Dr.  From Carolina Beach Rd, take Alabama Ave which curves left to become Honeysuckle St.  Take a right on Amphitheater Dr.  Our meeting place is on the left.
    From downtown Wilmington, go south on Carolina Beach Rd.  Go left on W Lake Shore Dr.  Go left again on Amphitheater Dr.  Our meeting place is on the right.

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    Sunday, December 08, 2013

    Southern Piedmont Chapter Holiday Gathering and Seed Sharing

    (Begins at 2pm)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Join us in celebrating another year of Native Plants!

    Bring a snack and native seeds to share.  Be sure that your seeds are labeled.  You can divide yours into individual small envelopes (dry seed) or zip lock bags with moist peat or newspaper (moist storage) in advance or bring them in bulk.  We’ll provide both types of storage for those that don’t want to divide their seeds beforehand. There is still time to collect seed from some plants if you haven’t already but, if you don’t have any seeds to share, please come anyway!  There will be more than enough to go around.  Hope to see you there!  Reedy Creek Nature Center (map)

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    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    No Southern Piedmont Chapter Meeting in October

    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Our chapter will not meet this month due to conflict with Society’s Fall Outing.  See you in November!

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    Sunday, September 15, 2013

    Piedmont Prairie Hike - Mineral Springs Barrens

    (Meet at Mineral Springs Greenway Parking Lot - 2 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    Few remnants of the vast southern grasslands remain in the Carolina Piedmont. At Mineral Springs Barrens you will see plant species that characterize a Southern Prairie in their full glory.

    Parking is limited at the sites we’ll visit so we will meet at Mineral Springs Greenway Parking Lot in order to consolidate our vehicles. Directions to Mineral Springs Greenway Parking Rob Evans, Plant Ecologist, NC Plant Conservation and Robert D. Tompkins, Associate Professor of Biology, Belmont Abbey College will guide us through several Mineral Springs Barrens sites, a short distance away.  These sites are not only valued for the presence of rare plants but also for the number of species that occur there. Visit Mineral Springs Barrens for a description of the site.  Our walks won’t be very strenuous but long pants, sturdy shoes, insect repellent and water are recommended.  You might want to bring a camera, as well.  This is a rain or shine event.  If you have questions, feel free to call me Lisa at 704/877-6934.  Note: This month we are meeting on the third Sunday of September instead of the second.

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    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Fort Fisher State Recreation Area walk with Paul Hosier

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

    Paul Hosier, UNCW Professor Emeritus: Plant Ecology and Ecology of Coastal Vegetation, will lead a walk at the Ft Fisher State Recreation Area.  He will introduce us to the geologic history of the Fort Fisher area and discuss the natural processes influencing the beach, dunes, shrub thickets, and tidal marshes.  We will also discuss the role of man in living with—and altering—the coastal environment.  We hope to observe more than 50 species of plants,including an undescribed species of Blue Curls (Trichostema) endemic to the area.

    Please meet at 1 PM at the Ft Fisher State Recreation Area parking lot in front of the Bathhouse and Visitors Center on Loggerhead Rd.  Be on time - we will begin right at 1! 
    Please dress for the weather and bring hat, sunscreen, water and snacks if needed.  There is a public restroom in the bathhouse.

    Directions: http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/fofi/pics/parkmap.pdf
    Go south from Wilmington on NC 132 (College Rd.)  US 421 joins NC 132; continue south on US 421.  After crossing the bridge, take a right on Dow Rd which dead ends into K Ave.  Continue left around the curve.  Take a right at the light onto US 421 (Ft Fisher Blvd s).  Continue about 2.3 miles. Turn left on Loggerhead Rd into the state recreation area.
    Parking and the visitor’s center are on the left.

    From Brunswick County:  You can take the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry, which crosses the Cape Fear River.
    After exiting the ferry, turn right onto Loggerhead Road. Parking and the visitor’s center are on the left.

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    Sunday, September 15, 2013

    Old Dock Savanna field trip

    (10 am - noon)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    Sara Babin, Conservation Coordinator with the NC Nature Conservancy, will lead this trip to Old Dock Savanna, a Nature Conservancy preserve.  Located on the Columbus/Brunswick Co line, Old Dock is a 230-acre wet longleaf pine savanna underlain with limestone.  Typical pine savannas have a low pH and are very acidic, whereas limestone-influenced savannas like Old Dock have a higher – or sweeter – pH.  Named marl savannas, these rich plant areas have an infusion of nutrients not available in more acidic habitats and allow for more plant biodiversity.  There are two known areas of marl savannas in North Carolina: the Maple Hill area along the Pender/Onslow County line (Shaken Creek) and the Old Dock area along the Columbus/Brunswick County line.

    The savanna is dominated by pond pine, with an open shrub layer of titi, black gum, myrtle-leaf holly, and bayberry. Scattered among the shrubs are dense patches of herbs, including a diverse assemblage of carnivorous plants, grasses, sedges, and wildflowers. The preserve harbors 17 rare plant species, including the rare Carolina grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia caroliniana), savanna cowbane (Oxypolis ternata), and wireleaf dropseed (Sporobolus teretifolius).

    Meet at 10 am on Sunday, September 15, at the preserve, located off of HWY 130 in Old Dock, NC. 

    Directions: Take US 17 toward Myrtle Beach to HWY 130 north.  Follow 130 about 19 miles, you will pass Old Dock Elementary (on the right).  Take the next left, Big Island Rd (it is dirt) and go about 1 mile.  There will be a yellow gate on the left side of the road, this is the preserve entrance.  Folks can park along Big Island Rd. 

    Carpooling:  For those who want to carpool, please meet at 8:50 am at the Nature Conservancy Office, 2807 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.  We will leave promptly at 9 am.

    Please dress for heat and humidity.  It’s important to bring plenty of water and snacks.  Wear loose, light clothing, a hat, insect repellent (for mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers) and hiking shoes.  There are no restrooms.

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    Sunday, August 04, 2013

    Green Swamp Orchid Walk with David McAdoo CANCELED

    (9:00 AM - afternoon)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    The Green Swamp field trip has been canceled.  We apologize for the last-minute change and look forward to a future trip to Green Swamp with David McAdoo!

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    Friday, May 16, 2014

    2014 Spring Trip & General Meeting

    (7:00 P.M. Friday, May 16 to 1:00 P.M. Sunday, May 18)
    Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

    2014 Spring Trip & General Meeting: May 16–18: Green Swamp & Lake Waccamaw, Brunswick & Columbus counties, NC. Register by MAY 7, 2014!

    Be prepared for an amazing Spring Trip in 2014, when we will visit some of North Carolina’s most fascinating habitats. Friday afternoon early arrivals will do some highway botanizing along Highways 130 and 17. The Friday night program will be at Lake Waccamaw State Park (1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw NC 28450), where Park Superintendent Toby Hall will introduce us to the soils and plants of Lake Waccamaw.
    Saturday David McAdoo, Mark Rose, Angie Carl, and Robert Thornhill will lead us exploring the Green Swamp, which The Nature Conservancy has called “a place unlike any other”. Among the plants we’re likely to see are Venus Fly-trap, three species of (each) pitcher-plants, sundews, and Calopogon orchids; bladderworts, Goldencrest (Lophiola aurea), two species of Cleistes orchid, and much more. It will be a day to remember!
    The Saturday evening dinner and native plant auction will be at the NC Museum of Forestry (415 S. Madison Street, Whiteville NC 28472) in Whiteville. Sunday morning we will visit Lake Waccamaw (1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw NC 28450), where the park ranger will give us a presentation and then we’ll botanize around the lake.
    We’ll be staying at the EconoLodge Hotel in Whiteville, at 503 J. L. Powell Blvd (Hwy 701 Bypass), Whiteville, NC 28472; telephone (910) 642-2378. We have reserved 40 rooms there, at a group rate of $64.95/room/night. The deadline for this rate is APRIL 19, 2014. So if you plan to go, be sure and make your reservations EARLY! Other motels in Whiteville:
    Quality Inn
    1415 N. J. K. Powell Blvd, 701 Bypass, Whiteville NC 28472
    (866) 611-6769, (910) 641-0644

    Holiday Motel
    2119 James B White Highway, Whiteville NC 28472
    (910) 642-5162

    Madison House B&B
    101 Madison Street, Whiteville NC 28472
    (910) 640-2132
    http://www.whitevillenc.com/madisonhouse/

    To register: CLICK TO REGISTER .
    OR download the registration form. NCNPS_Spring_Trip_2014_Registration_Form.pdf
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    Sunday, May 12, 2013

    Waxhaw Garden Tour

    (Begins at 2pm)
    Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

    A tour of Bryan and Kathy Pittman’s Garden

    This Sunday, May 12th, at 2pm, we have a real treat in store.  Bryan and Kathy Pittman are opening their 10 acre garden to us for Mother’s Day!  Theirs is a mature mix of native and exotic plants that you’re sure to love.  Red Buckeye, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Bigleaf Magnolia and many native azaleas are just a few of the plants that you’ll see.  Parking is dear so please carpool if you can.  Their address is 600 Ennis Road, Waxhaw.  It’s not too far off of Providence Road so you won’t have to venture too far into Union County.  Feel free to call 704/877-6934 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you need to.  Hope to see you there!

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    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Reid Wild Flower Garden Workday

    (9 AM til noon.)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh.  This will be our last regular 2nd Saturday workday until fall.  Join us for weeding and fellowship, and enjoyment of the late spring flowers.  The kalmia and other white flowers of late spring should be blooming and lovely.
    Contact Amy Mackintosh - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - for more information.

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    Sunday, May 05, 2013

    Flower Hill - Rhododendron Field Trip

    (image Meet at 1 PM at the Reid Garden (1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh) to carpool or at 2 PM at Flower Hill. Please register with Amy Mackintosh (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and let her know where you will meet us.)
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

    We’ll visit Triangle Land Conservancy’s Flower Hill Nature Preserve in Johnston County to see the rhododendrons.  Judging from the rhododendrons in gardens around here, we think this year we may actually catch them in full bloom, after several previous tries when we found only a few lingering blossoms.  See the Triangle Land Conservancy’s website for directions and more info. http://triangleland.org/assets/images/uploads/FlowerHill_FactBox.pdf

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    Sunday, June 30, 2013

    Field trip to the A.J. Bullard plant collection

    (2 - 4 P.M.)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    We are fortunate to be able to see the wonderful collection of Dr. A. J. Bullard, June 30, 2 - 4 pm.  Dr Bullard grows rare plants, both native and exotic.  He has an extensive collection of rare natives including the endangered Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia), Southern Spicebush (Lindera melissifolia), Sebastian Bush (Ditrysinia fruticosa), 5 species of Bumelia (Sideroxylon spp), Small-flowered Buckthorn (Sageretia minutiflora), Black Ti-ti ( Cliftonia monophylla) and Magnolia Vine (Schisandra glabra).  He has a special interest in vines and edible fruits such as pawpaw, persimmons, grapes, pears, kiwi, fig and mulberry. 

    We will also be able to compare the various native species of blueberry (Vaccinium spp), ash (Fraxinus), Hickory (Carya), smilax,  and oak (Quercus) all in one place.  A great chance to sharpen your identification skills!

    Meet promptly at 2, at Dr Bullard’s home, 264 Farrior Rd, Mt Olive - 2 miles east of Calypso and about 1 1/2 hrs from Wilmington.  Please dress appropriately (hat, suncream, walking shoes, bug spray) and bring water or snacks as needed.  Restrooms can be found in nearby Calypso or Mt Olive.
    Directions:
    from I-40, take exit 355.  Turn right onto the I-40 Connector (towards Faison/Goldsboro).  Continue 5 miles and take a right on US-117 S.  Take your first left (.2 mi) onto Trade St and continue through the small town of Calypso.  Trade St becomes White Oak Bridge Rd.  .8 miles outside Calypso, take a left on Farrior Rd.  Go about .6 miles.  Look for the 264 address on a mailbox on your right.  A gravel road leads to the house.

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    Sunday, June 09, 2013

    Shaken Creek field trip with Robert Thornhill and Sara Babin

    (2 P.M. - 4 P.M.)
    Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

    Sara Babin and Robert Thornhill will lead our June field trip to Shaken Creek.  Sara Babin is Conservation Coordinator with NC Nature Conservancy.  Robert did his NCSU master’s thesis on the ecology of Shaken Creek complete with a key to the plants found there. 

    Located between Holly Shelter and Angola Bay Game Lands, this beautiful preserve is the only known NC site having all four types of the Outer Coastal Plain Pine Savanna natural communities.  Four Federally Endangered species (red-cockaded woodpecker, Cooley’s meadowrue, golden sedge, & rough-leaf loosestrife) and 5 plants that are Federal Species of Concern are found here.  Even more unusual, the preserve includes two G1 natural communities (which means there are 5 or fewer populations or examples in the world).  Trip details below.

    Meeting Location: Junction of NC Highway 50 and Williams Road (dirt road). From our meeting spot, we will drive into the preserve and carpool from there.  Please be at the meeting site by 1:50 pm so that we can begin the walk promptly at 2.

    Directions:
    From Jacksonville:
    From the intersection of NC Hwy 53 and 24, take NC Hwy 53 approximately 15 miles to NC Hwy 50 at the flashing light in Maple Hill. Turn left onto Hwy 50 and drive approximately 3.5 miles, just past a sharp left curve, to Williams Road on the right.

    From I-40:
    Take exit 398 (Burgaw) and turn right (east) on NC Hwy 53 towards Jacksonville. After approximately 13 miles turn right at the flashing light onto NC Hwy 50. Drive approximately 3.5 miles, just past a sharp left curve, to Williams Road on the right.

    Please bring water, a snack if desired, suncream, and insect repellent.  Dress appropriately for heat and humidity and wear a hat and comfortable footwear.  There are no facilities.

    Check back for further details.

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    Saturday, April 06, 2013

    B.W. Wells Association Heritage Day at Rockcliff Farm

    (9 AM - 4 PM)
    Event Sponsor: Special Recommendations

    Celebration at Rockcliff Farm (B.W. Wells Homestead) at Falls Lake State Park, Wake Forest
    Heritage Day 2013 will appeal to all ages. and include tours of the homestead, wildflower walks, ecology walks and a geology hike.  Visit Zeagle’s Rock.  See the B.W. Wells Association website for more info:  http://www.bwwells.org/events/

    Check out their blog too - http://bwwellsassociation.wordpress.com/ - great photos and botanical observations.  NCNPS Triangle Chapter is happy that these BWWA/NCNPS members frequently share their knowledge of native plants and places of interest with our chapter on our monthly field trips.

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    Saturday, April 20, 2013

    2013 Conservation Garden Tour

    (1 PM - 5 PM. [plus optional 10 AM "pre-tour" at NC Botanical Garden*])
    Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter


    This tour, hosted by the Reid Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society, the NC Botanical Garden, and Triangle Land Conservancy, celebrates gardens that contribute to the health and beauty of the Triangle’s environment.  The four gardens on the tour illustrate ways to steward home gardens that enrich our lives with birdsong, flowers, shade, and water, while enhancing the environmental health of the community.  In addition to showcasing the beauty of native wildflowers, these “conservation gardens” provide wildlife habitat and demonstrate environmentally friendly practices such as water conservation, rainwater harvesting, composting, mulching, and alternatives to lawns.

    This year’s tour will be in Chapel Hill and will feature three private gardens plus the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  All are welcome to visit the gardens during the afternoon - please spread the word and bring your friends! Download a map and 1 page printable garden descriptions, using the links below, to guide your tour.

    Many of the paths through the gardens are unpaved and narrow.  Terrain may be steep in places, with uneven trail surfaces and steep stream banks.  Please wear appropriate footwear, stay on paths and exercise caution during your visit.  Children are welcome if supervised.  Please leave pets at home. 
    Note: on-street parking for the private gardens is limited – especially for the Pringles on Tenney Circle.  Please consider carpooling.  Please respect neighbors by parking clear of driveways and mailboxes.

    Download Maps:

    2013 Conservation Garden Tour Map.pdf
    Conservation Gardens Tour 1-page flier

    GARDENS ON THE TOUR

    NC BOTANICAL GARDEN, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd
    A stroll through the display gardens at the NC Botanical Garden offers visitors a mini-tour of the plants and character of iconic North Carolina native habitats - mountains, sandhills, coastal plain savannah, and piedmont.  The native plants border, native plant water gardens, fern collection, and landscaping throughout the property also provide inspiration and information for gardening at home.  There is always something new and beautiful to see at the NC Botanical Garden, but spring is a high point, especially in the mountain habitat garden.  Lots of woodland wildflowers bloom in spring’s sunshine before the trees leaf out and shade the ground level.
    Visit the NC Botanical Garden’s website for more information.  Here’s a link to their descriptions of the display gardens: http://ncbg.unc.edu/display-gardens/
    * The NC Botanical Garden’s free tour of the display gardens at 10 AM on April 20 is a great opportunity to extend your Conservation Garden Tour experience with a “Pre-Tour”.

    BROWER GARDEN, 612 Shady Lawn Rd.
    Developed over more than forty years, the Brower garden is still a work in progress.  An originally bare and unpromising site - only 2/3 of an acre, though surrounded by borrowed woodland -  has become a “book of gardens” or a succession of “garden rooms,” separated by symbolic thresholds - a fence, a bridge, steps, a paving stone.
    The entrance area bordering the road features native plants and a waterfall-fed, rock-lined pool. Beyond it, the sunny front yard is framed by stone-bordered beds.  To the right of the house, the former driveway is now a Japanese Maple allée,  underplanted with hellebores and cephalotaxus.
    Passing through an elegant (and deer-proof) wooden fence and gate, one descends steeply down to the “Anniversary Garden” immediately behind the house. Once a driveway turnaround, then a children’s playground, it is now the topmost of a series of rock-walled, lushly planted terraces. A pool on the terrace is fed by a gently dripping rock fountain and overlooked by birdhouses perched on the deck above. 
    Further terraces lead down a steep hillside into an increasingly natural woodland originally dubbed “the jungle,” but now gradually tamed with paths, carefully chosen rocks and artful plantings. Though tiny blooming bulbs and other spring beauties abound, the emphasis is primarily on native ferns, woody plants and mosses, with gradations and shades of green that can be enjoyed in any season or weather.
    A potting shed/studio halfway down the slope offers from its balcony an additional series of viewpoints.  At the bottom of the slope, a stream-fed retention pond is only part of the nature-friendly watering system: from the upper level gravity leads water from two large tanks (200 and 600 gallons, respectively) and a 250-gallon cistern under the workshop deck.  The owners’ deep love and respect for plants and nature is, finally, evinced by the fact that for the past five years the Browers’ garden has been a Certified Wildlife Habitat -  a refuge and nurturing home for all creatures (though the deer have worn out their welcome.)

    PRATHER WOOD, 108 Wicklow Place
    Jeff and Cheryl Prather began their garden in 1996.  They restored a degraded, deciduous woodland edge, transforming their sloping subdivision backyard into their ideal secret garden, a shady “stroll garden” that focuses on native plants.  They constructed all stone hardscape features and the three bridges over a wandering stream.  Under full canopy in midsummer their garden evokes the coolness and quiet serenity of a mountain habitat, while in early spring the new leaves and emerging fiddleheads of the forest floor blend to create a deliciously ephemeral green.
    Working with landscape architect Alicia Berry, the Prathers laid out a long-term plan for developing the garden.  Alicia gave the Prather’s the best gardening advice they ever received:  “The best way to learn about your own space is to volunteer in someone else’s.”  The Prathers volunteer at the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and at Battle Park, assisting the NC Botanical Garden with trail building and exotic plant removal.  They are also members of the Triangle Land Conservancy and the North Carolina Native Plant Society.  All of these have inspired and enhanced their understanding of their own garden.
    While the stream is one of the delights of their garden, the Prathers’ biggest problem has been its periodic flooding and siltation.  At the height of a drought it dries up, but during heavy rains it often floods, sometimes rising above the bench on the red bridge.  They have created plantings in this area that will tolerate occasional flooding and stabilize the creek bank, but generally have to remove several inches of sand and debris from some of the beds after a flood.  Christmas ferns are perfect for the floodplain as long as anything deposited on their crowns is removed within a few days.  In fact, the whole concept of their “secret garden” was inspired by a lone Christmas fern found on-site.
    In response to the summer’s drought, the Prathers have eliminated their streetside lawn, replacing it with a mixed sunny border featuring drought-tolerant ornamental grasses, perennials, and “woodies”.  They now have a “lawnlet” i.e., just enough grass for their double barrel composter.  They have added additional rain barrels and installed a 450-gallon cistern under their deck.  During the worst heat of summer they hand-watered a few native plants in obvious distress.  Native plants are considered to be drought-tolerant, but they still need water to get established.

    ELIZABETH PRINGLE’S GARDEN, 381 Tenney Circle
    In 1993, when the Pringles restored the Tenney Farmhouse dating from the early 19th century, there were only a few remnants of past gardens.  The low stone walls, the big trees and a few plants date back to earlier days.  Betsy has planted many natives throughout the garden including a number of species of native Azaleas, Trillium, numerous ephemerals and many others.  The sunny front garden is a sea of flowers for much of the growing season but the garden always has a number of plants in bloom including 20 some species in January and February.
    One treasure is a sunken compost bin in the foundation of what might have been an old summer house.  It receives all the run-off from the front East side of the garden and driveway, down a trough along the stone wall behind the shed.  Betsy has built other water saving devices into the rest of the garden which retain all the run-off except from extremely big storms.  There is a swale shaped on the West of the front garden which becomes a lake in heavy rains.  Many water tolerant plants flourish here.
    The lower back garden has paths leading around a semi-bog that receives lots of run-off and down into the moss garden which had been covered with a large stand of bamboo.  The bamboo had to be dug out several times before victory could be declared.  In the process a nice berm was built up around the lower part of this area which retains the run-off from the areas above.
    Another treasure from past times is the wonderful dirt left from earlier chickens and a cow.  No pesticides and only organic fertilizer are used in the garden thereby protecting the thriving community of worms and beneficial insects.  Many butterflies and birds are attracted to the garden as well. 
    Note:  Permission has been obtained for on-street parking on Tenney Circle during the tour hours.  No placards or permits are required.  Please respect neighbors and do not block driveways. There may also be parking spaces available on North and Glenburnie Streets (posted parking regulations apply on these streets.)  Consider carpooling!

    BONUS FEATURE (not an official tour site, but worth notice or a stop along the route)

    COKER ARBORETUM,  399 E. Cameron Avenue  – In 1903, Dr. William Chambers Coker, the University’s first Professor of Botany and the first chair of the University Buildings and Grounds Committee, began developing a five-acre boggy pasture into an outdoor University classroom for the study of trees, shrubs, and vines native to North Carolina. Beginning in the 1920s and continuing through the 1940s, Dr. Coker added many East Asian trees and shrubs. These species, closely related counterparts to many North Carolina native plants, enhanced the beauty and educational value of the Arboretum. Today the collection consists of a wide variety of plantings including flowering trees and shrubs as well as bulb and perennial displays. The Arboretum has something unique to offer during every season of the year.
    Coker Arboretum is located next to the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center on the UNC campus, at the corner of Country Club Road and Raleigh Street.
    A limited amount of metered parking is available on Raleigh Street and there are a few visitors’ spaces in the Morehead Planetarium paid parking lot (stay on Franklin St. instead of turning at Raleigh St., and the lot is on the left). If no spaces are available in these areas, there is metered parking available on Franklin Street and paid parking lots along Rosemary Street (from Raleigh Street, going north away from Cameron Avenue, go past Franklin Street and turn left onto Rosemary Street).


    WHAT DO WE MEAN BY A CONSERVATION GARDEN?

    The concept of the Conservation Garden was developed at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in the early 1990s to represent the many conservation-related activities that were always at the heart of the Garden’s mission and programs.  The following are excerpts from the NC Botanical Garden’s definition of a Conservation Garden, as applicable to our home and community landscapes.  Visit their website for the full text. http://ncbg.unc.edu/the-conservation-garden/

    - Conservation through Propagation of native plants ensures that wild populations are not damaged by direct use and collecting from natural populations

    - The Protection and Restoration of natural areas, which recognizes the importance of habitat conservation to the survival of biological diversity and which establishes the importance of nature’s own gardens, as well as human gardens

    - The elimination of Invasive Species and replacement with non-invasive alternatives

    - Gardening in Nature’s Context, which seeks to promote plants that support native biodiversity, including pollinators and seed dispersers

    - Sustainable Gardening, which seeks to promote environmentally friendly gardening practices and which involves such practices as sustainable water use, protected stream quality, xeriscaping (using drought-tolerant plants), ecoscaping (planting plants in the right places according to their ecological requirements), zeroscaping (working with the established plants in a landscaping plan), integrated pest management, renewable energy sources, non-toxic and sustainably produced materials, recycling and reuse

    - People-Nature Relations, which describes how important plant diversity and natural areas are to the physical and psychological health of all of us.

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