Statewide Events

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

A Piedmont Prairie for the Bloomquist Garden with Stefan Bloodworth

(7:00 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Stefan Bloodworth, by Michael Patrick)

(Piedmont Prairie in the Blomquist Native Plant Garden at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, by Annabel Renwick)

Considered a locally endangered ecosystem, prairies numbered in the thousands of acres throughout the Carolinas prior to European settlement, according to Stefan Bloodworth, curator of H. L.  Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. His idea of establishing such an area at Blomquist was first conceived more than ten years ago, but a 2015 donation enabled the project to begin. Bloodworth will travel to Greensboro to present his multi-year involvement in creating   this ecotype that had not been previously represented in the native garden.

According to Robert Mottern, director of horticulture at Duke Gardens, “Prairies are rare, endangered, threatened places.  There is very little of this ecotype or ecozone in the state anymore.” To turn Bloodworth’s ideas into a reality required major planning in choice of plants, propagation, and preparation of the site, resulting in a natural looking landscape.

Blomquist horticulturist Annabel Renwick spent six months collecting seeds from area wild fields and along rural roadsides.  Hoffman Nursery in Bahama germinated 12,000 potted plugs representing 12 species of native grasses.  Renwick has grown many of the approximately 7,000 wildflowers in the gardens’ nursery.

Bloodworth will describe his journey in creating a Piedmont prairie in a quarter-acre space cleared for plants that require full sun. But Piedmont prairies are not the same as Midwestern ones.  In his presentation, Bloodworth will discuss the differences and talk about some of the most endangered plant species belonging to this grassland ecosystem.

Although he grew up in this NC area, Bloodworth spent some time in Africa and “became enamored of the tall grass savannas in east Africa-the Masai Mara and Serengeti Preserves.” In volunteer work at the UW Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin, he said he witnessed their own prairie restorations project, describing it as “an emotionally evocative landscape, these large wide expanses of grasses and wildflowers.”  “There’s not quite anything like it as far as the effect they can have on people,” he added.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Importance of Threads & Fragments: Designing Urban Green Space

(2 pm )
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Laurel Holtzapple, PLA, ASLA, Principal of Groundworks Studio, specializing in landscape architecture, urban design and public artwork will speak March 11 on design and inspiration for the neglected spaces, the spaces in between, and the environmentally degraded. We’ll view landscape projects starting with one of our favorites, Tuckaseegee 12. Many of the reclaimed spaces involve the integration of native plants, positioned among designs for humans in urban areas. Her imaginative landscapes of meaning are rooted in many nearby places including St, Martin’s, Freedom Walkway, Reid Park Art and other greenspaces.

Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215
Free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Wildflower Walks with Ann Walter-Fromson and Lisa Lofland Gould

(9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. (see below for details))
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Bloodroot by Ann Walter-Fromson)

Join Ann Walter-Fromson and Lisa Lofland Gould for Wednesday morning wildflower walks in March and April co-sponsored by the Triad Chapter of NCNPS, T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society, and Forsyth Audubon. We will visit watershed trails and area preserves along with three new locations in Forsyth County to observe nature’s beautiful show of ephemeral spring wildflowers. Ann will lead the four walks in Guilford and Rockingham Counties and Lisa will lead the three walks in Forsyth County.

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of these walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

The dates and locations for these wildflower walks are (click “Read More” for detailed descriptions):
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14 -  Laurel Bluff Trail, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 -  Salem Lake, Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28 - Cascades Preserve, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 4 -  Emily Allen Preserve, Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11 - Knight Brown Preserve, Rockingham County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18 -  Richardson-Taylor Preserve, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 - Black Walnut Bottoms, Bethania, Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould.

Please “Read More” for meeting locations and other details. Also find details in the March Nature Notes on the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society website.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Blue Ridge Chapter March Meeting

(7 - 9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to our monthly meeting on March 14 in Boone. Sara deFosset, Outreach Associate with the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) in Asheville, will be speaking about North Carolina’s native hemlocks, the challenges they are facing and the work that is being done to restore them to long term health in the state. The title of her presentation will be: “Is there hope for NC’s native hemlocks?”

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Shawn Gagne, 41, Environmental Entrepreneur

(7:00 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Shawn Gagne helped plant more than 11,000 trees across 12 communities and 5 states in 2017.

Earning a Master’s degree in environmental science, with a focus on climate science, Shawn is in tune with today’s climate issues. As a scientist and an entrepreneur, Shawn believes that we can improve the environment by creating a market that reduces greenhouse gases by investing in trees in neighborhoods of US cities. “I immigrated to Greensboro in 2010 and went through a series of regional accelerator programs including Durham’s Groundwork Labs and Greensboro’s Launch program at the Collab. I am secure in the fact that Urban Offsets can stay in the Triad while we continue to expand nationally and internationally.”

Urban Offsets invented a process that essentially transforms the carbon market into a financial one. This includes understanding and grading the risk inherent in every offset, bundling different climate products together into so-called Sustainability Portfolios, and of course, funding neighborhood climate resiliency programs with every sale. One of the big advantages, Shawn says, with this new program is that it allows Urban Offsets to also track how much carbon dioxide (CO2) these new city trees remove from the air as they grow.  Urban Offsets manages the carbon credits created by those trees every year and plans to provide them to colleges and universities that are looking to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the future.“The challenge for us has been turning trees into assets for cities. By doing what we do best, we’re meeting the needs of three different groups all seeking sustainability strategies that support their unique missions: corporations, municipalities, and higher ed.”

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Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 NCNPS Spring Trip April 27-29

Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Mark your calendars and make your reservations NOW! We are excited about our upcoming Spring Outing, April 27-29, in the southern mountain town of Franklin, NC. Due to its small size, lodging for a group can be challenging so early reservations are suggested if you want to be close to fellow members. We have reserved a block of rooms with a great discount at the Comfort Inn (828-369-9200). The total cost per room, per night, is $88.60 ($77.70 plus tax), with breakfast included. When making reservations please ask for the group rate for NCNPS. This price will be good until March 22, 2018. After that, you will have to pay the full price.

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2018 Calendar
Spring Picnic and Annual Meeting June 2, 2018, Hagen Stone Park, Greensboro

Board Meeting dates:

March 24, 2018 - Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, Greensboro
May 19, 2018 - Duke Garden, Durham
August 18, 2018 - Iredell Co. Library, Statesville
November 10, 2018 - Charlotte, TBD

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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