Statewide Events

(See the Events by Other Groups page for even more events.)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Habitat Gardens: Landscaping with Native Plants presented by Dale Batchelor

(1-4 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


Water garden with native lotus and waterlilies designed and installed by Dale Batchelor and John Thomas

Curb garden designed and installed by Dale Batchelor and John Thomas

Dale Batchelor with John L. Thomas (photo by Jayne Walther)

This three hour interactive workshop will cover fundamentals for creating residential landscapes with a focus on native plants.  Discussion will include strategies for creating landscapes that are maintainable for the homeowner, as well as beneficial for insects, birds, and other wildlife.

Dale is the owner of Gardener by Nature, which offers customized gardening services emphasizing native plants and sustainable landscape practices.  Dale has a certificate in Native Plant Studies from the NC Botanical Garden and more than 13 years experience creating and maintaining residential gardens. “When designing, I believe it’s very important to consider not only a site’s physical characteristics, but also the existing and surrounding plant and animal communities.  For me, a garden is truly alive when it becomes a healthy, functioning ecosystem.  I especially enjoy working with individuals and families who want to reconnect with nature and feel strongly that engaging children with the natural world is important both for their own development and the future of our planet.”

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Who’s Attracted to Native Plants? Pollinator Diversity in a Suburban Yard presented by Ann Walter-Fromson

(7 p.m. (please come early to say hello))
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Ann Walter-Fromson by Paul Fromson)

(Bumble bee on purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, by Ann Walter-Fromson)
As someone who has gardened with native plants to benefit birds for the past decade, Ann Walter-Fromson recently turned her attention to the small creatures that visit the flowers of native plants in her yard. In spring and summer 2016 she completed a 16-week study of floral visitors and pollinators attracted to native plants. In this program Ann will describe the diversity of pollinators and other floral visitors that she observed on native plants. You will learn which native plants attracted the greatest variety of floral visitors and hear stories about some of the more colorful and intriguing pollinators and how they interact with native plants.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fall Wildflower Hike at Laurel Hill Preserve, Gaston County

(2-4:30pm )
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

A Fall wildflower hike at the Laurel Hill, Catawba Lands Conservancy site with opportunities to see Bigleaf Magnolia in fruit (Magnolia macrophylla), Schweinitz’s sunflower (Helianthus schweinitzii), Hearts-a-bustin’ or Strawberry Bush in fruit (Euonymus americanus). ​Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, hat. Bring water and bug spray.

This is a NCNPS MEMBERS only  event.
Advance RSVP is required: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

The NCNPS Fall Outing, Weekend of September 16th

(Saturday 9AM-4PM; Sunday Hikes 9AM and 1PM)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

For our Fall 2017 outing, the statewide society is pleased to partner with the Southeast Coast Chapter. On Saturday, September 16th, the 3rd Annual Native Plant Festival, sponsored by the Native Plant Alliance, will be held at New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington. On Sunday, September 17th, the North Carolina Native Plant Society has organized half-day hikes to nearby EV-Henwood Nature Preserve and the Green Swamp Preserve. All Saturday events are free and open to the general public and no registration is required. Sunday hikes will require registration via registration  (must log in or register as a guest) and a fee of $10.00 will entitle registrants to participate in both the morning and afternoon hikes.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Laurel River Trail, Hot Springs Area

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

This is an easy 3.6 mile hike one way along the Big Laurel River. It would be a 7 mile roundtrip but we can turn around at any point depending on the weather and the group.  We will meet at 9:00 at the trail head parking area. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks

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2017 Calendar

Board Meeting dates:

March 11, 2017 - Iredell Co. Library, Statesville
June 24, 2017 - Duke Garden, Durham
September 9, 2017 - Concord Public Library, Concord, NC
December 9, 2017 - Iredell Co. Library, Statesville

Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM - Meeting Places TBD

Chapter Meetings and Events

Find details on chapter homepages.

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