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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Field Trip: Longleaf Pine Communities of the Sandhills

Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

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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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Daniel Boone Native Gardens Tour 2020

(7-8 PM for garden tour, come early or stay late to stroll around on your own)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

Come join the Blue Ridge Chapter for a summer tour of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and lots of good info on growing native plants in your own home landscape! This outdoors program will take place on July 8 at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens at 651 Horn in the West Drive. Bring your walking shoes and dress for the weather!

Our plant and gardening experts will be stationed around the Gardens from 7-8 PM to talk about a variety of topics, such as medicinal uses of plants, gardening for birds and pollinators, landscaping with native plants, plant identification, and raising butterflies. We will have brochures and other resources for gardening with native plants for you to take home, and as usual, we’ll have snacks to share and door prizes to give away after the tour concludes. The Gardens are funded by donations, so for this event we ask that you drop a $2 donation for the Gardens into the box at the Gatehouse to receive your door prize ticket.

About the Daniel Boone Native Gardens:

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens were dedicated in 1963 as a project of the Garden Club of North Carolina to create a plant sanctuary for North Carolina native plants, landscaped and labeled for education and conservation purposes. The three-acre Gardens, located at 651 Horn in the West Drive in Boone, NC, are open May through October with a suggested donation of $2 for a visit. They are run as a non-profit public garden with the help of volunteers and donations from the community. Behind the massive wrought iron gates forged by a direct descendant of Daniel Boone, you can find a series of garden rooms such as the Allee, Rustic Arbor, Birch Grove, Rockery and Fern Garden. The historic Squire Boone Cabin demonstrates how pioneer settlers lived, and the Wedding Lawn and a Pickin’ Porch provide space for events and can be rented. Each part of the Gardens serves to showcase a variety of NC native plants, from more formal settings near the event spaces to natural vegetation in the Rhododendron Walk. Hundreds of plant species provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season. For more information see or check out the plant list and pictures on PlantsMap.

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens have something to offer for every season of the year!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference 2020 - Canceled

(July 22-25, 2020)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Join fellow NC Native Plant Society members in Cullowhee next summer for hikes, lectures and connecting with a wide variety of fellow native plant geeks!

The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference has been held annually at Western Carolina University since 1984 and was the first native plant conference. Since then it has spawned many regional conferences as the native plant movement has gained more recognition and interest. The conference draws academic leaders, landscape architects, horticulturists, botanical garden directors and staff, ecology and environmental leaders and garden enthusiasts from across the Southeast, from Delaware and Pennsylvania to Florida and Texas.

The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference began in 1984 with a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority to underwrite a “Plant Utilization” meeting. Since then the combination of field trips, workshops, lectures and social networking opportunities have become a model for similar native plant gatherings across the country. The 2020 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference will be held from July 22 to July 25, 2020. 

Scholarships are available through Cullowhee to students to inspire the next generation of leaders in the fields of botany, ecology and environmental science focused on the importance of native plants in our landscape. For more information visit:

Saturday, June 06, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting and Picnic - Cancelled

(10:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

We will meet at Hagan Stone Park near Greensboro for our Annual Meeting and Picnic.  We will also have a native plant sale and auction.

We will have out Annual Meeting, Picnic, and Plant sale/auction on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Hagan Stone Park in Greensboro.  We will provide chicken, Bar B Que, coleslaw. and drinks.. Bring a dish to share and a plant for the sale/auction if you have one.

The meal will be fried chicken, Bar B Que and coleslaw from Smithfields. The fixin’s will be the delicious collection of side dishes that all the members in attendance bring to share.  The NCNPS will provide tea and water, ice and paper products. As an environmentally conscious organization we would like to ask that you bring your own beverage cup. We will have some cups available for those who forget, but would like to cut back on our landfill donations.

9:30 - 11 Bring your plants for sale or auction, early is better to help those that have to price and organize plants
10 - 11 Program TBA
11 - 11:30 Plant shopping, networking and socializing
11:30 - 12 Annual Meeting and Election
12 - 1 Lunch and more plant shopping
1 - 3 Plant Auction of approximately 35 special plants

The very best part!  This is the time to get good quality, native North Carolina plants. This sale helps us fund our activities throughout the year.  If you have plants you would like to donate, please dig and pot them now and bring them to the sale/auction.

It helps immensely if they are:
1.    Not in fancy pots.
2.    Clearly labeled with the botanical and/ or common name.
3.    Not a rare, threatened or endangered species, unless they were grown on your own land (if so, you will be asked to fill out documentation at the picnic).

So bring your favorite dish with serving utensil, your favorite checkbook, a cup or glass for your beverage, a container (box, tub, etc.)  labeled with your name so that plant knappers will not abduct your babies before you get them tucked into your vehicle.

Directions to the air conditioned ARC building are below:

Take a left just inside the entrance of the park, drive through the gravel parking lot onto an asphalt driveway to the end of the road where you can unload your plants.  Parking will be at the Event Center and just below in the Camp Joy building parking lot and along the road side. This is a link to the map and the building is in the bottom left of the map.

Hagan Stone facilities map.pdf

Google Maps address for the picnic location:  5920 Hagan Stone Park Rd. Pleasant Gardens, NC 27313

See you there!!

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