Statewide Events

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Bizarre Natives with Larry Mellichamp

(7 p.m.--welcome to come early and chat)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Photo by Paula Gross)

Hey, wildflower gardener! Are you bored with your borages, complacent with your colic-root, and tired of your tiarellas? Then take a walk on the wild side with Dr. M and experience some of the extraordinary behavior of some of our most beautiful and interesting Southeastern native plants. Get hit with a pie while you shop, experience a pitcher plant eating a moth, learn why bees buzz, see an ant eat the top off a toadshade seed, marvel at the mop-top hairdo on a twinleaf seed, wade in water up to your @$$ to see a prostrate pitcher plant, and feel the thrill of finding little flies in the throat of a forgiving pipevine flower. Native plants can be weird and wonderful, and you can grow them and watch right in your own backyard.

One of the most delightful speakers on native plants in North Carolina, Dr. Larry Mellichamp is recently retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture and was director of the Botanical Gardens at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Larry is an expert on native plants of all kinds, and has received several teaching awards and written several books, including the recent Native Plants of the Southeast…the best species for the garden (Timber Press, 2014) and Bizarre Botanicals (2010 with Paula Gross). He is the 2016 recipient of the Tom Dodd, Jr. Plantsman Award of Excellence from the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Simple and Wonderfully Complicated Pollination Stories with Will Stuart

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

(by Lisa Crates)

(aster with fly, Eristalis transversa, by Will Stuart)

Will Stuart is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid native plant and bird photographer. Most recently Will worked with Dr. Larry Mellichamp as photographer for Native Plants of the Southeast, published by Timber Press.  Will has contributed images to the Ladybird Johnson Native Plant Information Network, the National Audubon Society, and to He has a special interest in macro photography and, as a consequence, many of Wills’ images feature an “up close and personal” view of a blossom, a bud, a bird, or a butterfly. He spends much of his time in the sandhills of the Carolinas documenting the region’s unique flora and fauna. Will is a board member of the North Carolina Native Plant Society, and a member of the National Aububon Society and the Carolina Nature Photographers Association.

In the recent years, Will’s interests have expanded to include our native pollinators.  Plants unable to produce offspring will not persist over time. Some of our native species self-pollinate but many depend on a butterfly, bee, fly, or wasp to carry grains of pollen to another blossom, producing fruit and seeds. Native bees raise their young on stores of nectar and pollen they gather from flowering plants. That’s why those bees are so busy!  And all our native birds need nesting sites and all depend upon pollinators as food to raise their young. Plants need pollinators.  Pollinators need plants. And birds need both. It is both very simple and wonderfully complicated.

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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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