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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/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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, 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.

 

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Thermogenesis and Thermoregulation 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.

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2015 Calendar
May 8-10, 2015 Spring Outing - Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC

Board Meeting dates:

February 21, 2015 Public Library, Statesville
April 25, 2015 Duke Gardens (library), Durham, NC
June 6, 2015 Annual Meeting and Picnic, Hagan Stone Park
September 12, 2015 Sandhills Community College
November 14, 2015 Botanical Garden at UNC- Charlotte (tenative)

Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM


Fall Outing TBD









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