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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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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Tour de Creeks

(2:00 PM -Meet at UNCC Center City Campus Projective Eye Gallery for tour
3:00 PM -Meet at Midtown Park for Sugar Creek Tour
4:00 PM -Meet at Cherry Berry Yogurt
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Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Tour UNC Charlotte’s KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks at the Projective Eye Gallery and follow with a guided talk of the Sugar Creek Greenway restoration project with Chris Estes.

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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.
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(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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Sunday, August 30, 2015

An Introduction to Sedges and Rushes, taught by Robert Thornhill

(10 A.M. - 12 P.M.)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

Sunday, August 30, from 10 to noon, Robert Thornhill, botanist, teacher and former Shinn Grant winner, will teach a class on sedges and rushes at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach.  The class will include a walk to help with identification of common sedges and rushes.  Join us for an introduction to these little-known plants.                 

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The class is free and open to members and non-members.  Registration is not required but space is limited.  Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to reserve a space.

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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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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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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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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
August 15, 2015 Sandhills Community College (tenative)
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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