Southern Piedmont Chapter

Charlotte and surrounding counties

Photo: Larry Mellichamp with Southern Piedmont Chapter at NC Gamelands, May 2016, pointing out pitcher plants.

Monthly Meetings

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*In person meetings temporarily suspended*
Meetings held 2nd Sunday of each month
2:00 PM unless noted
No meetings in June or July

Learn about upcoming meetings and hikes: subscribe to the Southern Piedmont Chapter Newsletter by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Going Native! Top Plants for Your Garden

(2:00 - 4:00 PM )

Beginner or experienced, join us for a live chat about the just-published book, The Southeast Native Plant Primer – 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden.  Written by Dr. Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross with photos by Will Stuart, this book is designed specifically for newcomers to the idea of gardening with native plants and answers LOTS of our common questions.

Larry and Paula will discuss their favorite native plants for pollinators and birds, groundcovers, shade and much more.  Bring your questions for these Southern Piedmont Chapter experts and friends.

This panel discussion is offered as a benefit for NCNPS and UNCC Botanical Garden members.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of The Southeast Native Plant Primer with your registration.  Details about ordering your copy and arranging for pick up will be given at the meeting.


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Field Trip: Longleaf Pine Communities of the Sandhills

Join us for a field trip to hike in the Sandhills Gamelands in Hoffman, NC. The hike will be led by experts Bruce Sorrie and Will Stuart.

Open to members only.

Check back later for details and registration.

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Chapter Activities

We need you! The Southern Piedmont Chapter has many active members, and we hope you will get involved and participate.

NOTICE: All Southern Piedmont Chapter in-person activities cancelled until further notice. We are monitoring the COVID-19 Situation and will resume in-person activities when CDC guidelines indicate it is safe to gather.

MEANWHILE: Post photos of your local wildflower finds and tag with #NCNPS and #SouthernPiedmontChapter so we can all enjoy a virtual spring this year!

Ways for chapter members to get involved:

    Speak to school, scout, HOA, faith, garden clubs and any other groups interested in learning about native plants. We can provide materials and PowerPoint presentations.

    Volunteer to propagate seeds for plant distribution at area events.

    Volunteer to staff Earth Day, Hummingbird Festival, and other community events at an NCNPS booth. Materials will be provided.

    Volunteer to tend local native plant gardens. Often parks, school grounds and neighborhoods want to commit to growing more natives. But they need our helping hands to keep the project on track.

If you have any ideas for volunteer opportunities in the community or just want to share suggestions about our current events, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Roxanne Newton, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Past Programs

Trails Less Traveled in the Charlotte Region, July 2020

The Southern Piedmont Chapter's first virtual meeting was a big success. Sean Bloom and Vanessa Covington with Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail offered some local opportunities for hiking beyond the ever popular green ways. These recommended trails are within 1 to 1.5 hours drive of Charlotte and offer a variety of terrain, challenge and plant life. Sean organized the trails into Family Friendly, Way out of the Way and Work for It. Thanks to Sean and Vanessa for their great information.

Did you miss the meeting?
See Sean's presentation at this link
Watch a recording of the meeting here

Extra Stuff

Great Gardens in the Piedmont!! Great books to read, and great groups for more information!

UNCC Botanical Gardens including Mellichamp Native Plant Terrace

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Nature Preserve
Mecklenburg County Park and Rec Hike along the Greenways and in the Nature Preserves
Carolina Thread Trail network of trails around Charlotte in both North and South Carolina
—The Mecklenburg County Herbarium located at the James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies housed at Reedy Creek Nature Center
MeckFlora plant identification in Mecklenburg County
Certificate for Native Plant Studies at UNCC Botanical Gardens
CROWN Charlotte chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation
HAWK Matthews chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation
NC Invasive Plant Council great information for management of invasive plants
Xerces Society great place for pollinator information
Going Native Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants - site operated by NCSU

Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden by Larry Mellichamp with photographs by Will Stuart, available at Timber Press

Picture Albums

Latta Prairie (October 09, 2016)
medicine wheel garden The Medicine Wheel Garden (February 08, 2015)
image The Herbarium at Reedy Creek Nature Center (January 11, 2015)
image Mellichamp Native Terrace (October 12, 2014)
image Pink Lady’s-slippers with the Davidson Lands Conservancy (May 04, 2014)
image McDowell Prairie Restoration Site (September 14, 2014)

Chapter Contact(s)

Southern Piedmont chapter contact information

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