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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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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Opening of Mellichamp Native Terrace at UNCC Botanical Gardens

(4:00-6:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens will celebrate the opening of a new display garden, the Mellichamp Native Terrace, with a ribbon cutting and self-guided tours for the public from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.

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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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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wildflower Walk-Broad River Greenway with Lanny Waterson

(1:00 - 3:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Wildflower hike at the Broad River Greenway, Boiling Springs

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Brush Springs Ridge Hike, Big Butt Trail, Buncombe County, with Randy Burroughs

(10 a.m. )
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter


(Photo by Karen Lawrence: Randy Burroughs teaching about meadow establishment.)

Plant Community: Northern Hardwood & Spruce-Fir Forests
Meeting Place: Craggy Gardens Visitor’s Center, 10:00 AM
Trailhead: Balsam Gap Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway Mile 359.8, Brevard and Asheville car pool points will be set up.
Hike Leader: Randy Burroughs, Landscape Architect, Horticulturist & Amateur Botanist
Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, many steps, 5 miles roundtrip, no water, light air
Elevations: Above 5,000’ (5,317 at trailhead, 5,715 at Point Misery)
Please RSVP if you want to go and haven’t already let Susan know!
This is a still wild beautiful ridge with side slopes too steep for easy logging or good grazing so it is more pristine than most areas.  This ridge forms the northeastern rim of Buncombe County and the dividing ridge between the Black Mountains and the Great Craggies. The trail is mostly forested ridge with a rock outcrop at Little Butt Knob, the destination, providing the only open view. It looks directly east to Mt. Mitchell.
The forest floor is diverse wildflowers, sedges, mosses, and ferns. Cloud moisture keeps things lush. Bloom time is several weeks behind the valley. Randy’s seen spring beauties in July. Moosewood viburnum is a major understory shrub.
New 8”x 8” timber steps make this trail much more accessible. Parts were hand-over-hand before. Now the trail spirals down through banks of ferns.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Field trip to Lake Waccamaw with Nathan Howell

(9 A.M. - 12 P.M.)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Come join Nathan Howell in exploring the littoral zone plants of Lake Waccamaw!  Nathan is a 2014 Shinn Grant recipient for his inventory work on the shoreline plants of the Carolina bay lakes.  These are the plants growing between the high water mark out to where the submerged aquatics end. 
For most of us, this will be a largely unexplored world!  We will be in the water for this walk.  Uneven footing means that all participants need to be fit.  It won’t be possible to see the plants or stay with the group from the shore.
Rare plants we expect to see include Ludwigia brevipes (Long Beach Seedbox), Ludwigia sphaerocarpa (Globe-fruited Seedbox),  Luziola fluitans (Southern Water Grass), Bacopa caroliniana (Blue Water-hyssop), Cladium mariscoides (Twig-rush), and Rhexia cubensis (West Indies Meadow-beauty). 
For this habitat in Lake Waccamaw, Nathan has documented 146 taxa (spp., ssp., and var.) in 114 genera and 72 vascular plant families.  Of the 146 total taxa, 29 are of conservation concern and 92 are unique to this bay lake.

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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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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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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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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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