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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. Read More!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mitchell Mill State Natural Area Field Trip

(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. 

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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.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Members Share Their Favorite Native Plants

(7 PM)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Bring your plant stories for this fun and informative evening.  More details to follow.  Please check back.

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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.

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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. 

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

2015 Spring Picnic & Annual Meeting

(11 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.

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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.  image
(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.)

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

5th Full Moonrise over Grass of Parnassus

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

This is a TENTATIVE date, depending on blooms.  5th Full Moonrise over Grass of Parnassus at Wolf Mountain on the Parkway!  Bring picnic!  We’ll do s’mores, too. Mile marker 424.5 ... PROBABLY 29 August, depends upon bloom schedule, of course.

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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.

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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!

Suggested places are Davidson River, Brevard or Bear Pen Gap on the Parkway. Got any favorite places to moss? If interested, a visit to Mossin’ Annie’s Mossery will be arranged for afterwards.
(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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2014 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
August 15, 2015 Sandhills Community College (tenative)
November 14, 2015 Botanical Garden at UNC- Charlotte (tenative)

Board Meetings meetings began at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM


Fall Outing TBD









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