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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fern Identification

(7 - 9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to our monthly meeting on June 13 in Boone. This month’s topic will be Fern Identification with Tracie Jeffries with a focus on fern morphology and terminology using our local native ferns as examples.

Tracie graduated from NC State with a masters degree in Botany. She has taught biology for 25 years and is currently teaching microbiology at Catawba Community College in Hickory N.C. She enjoys hiking, macrophotography, and pétanque. Tracie is also the current chairperson for the Western NC Chapter of the NCNPS and offering a number of hikes that might be of interest for our chapter as well. So come join us for an informative presentation on ferns and a chance to network with one of our neighboring chapters!

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Express on Blowing Rock Road in Boone and starts at 7 PM, but the room will be open around 6:30 if you would like to come early and chat with other native plant enthusiasts.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

2018 NCNPS Annual Meeting, Picnic, and Plant Auction

(9:30 AM - 3:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

We will have our Annual Meeting, Picnic, and Plant sale/auction on Saturday, June 2, 2018 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 cole slaw 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

10 - 11 Bill and Jen Cure will share some of their experiences running a native plant nursery.

11 - 11:30 Plant shopping, networking and socializing

11:30 -  Annual Meeting and Election

12 - 1 Lunch and more plant shopping

1 - 3 Plant Auction headed by Mark Rose of 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 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 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 Activity 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 Activity 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

Friday, September 14, 2018


(8:00AM - 3:00PM)
Event Sponsor:
Western NC Chapter

“Hike this double-summit, ultra-scenic five-mile loop on the Art Loeb and Ivestor Gap trails, summiting Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. It’s a sun-drenched, blueberry and blackberry-filled adventure over two bald mountains to some incredible views.”  The 5.1 mile roundtrip hike is rated moderate. Weather can change quickly especially at these elevations so come prepared and bring plenty of water and food. After the hike we can visit the hanging bog at Wolf Mt. overlook along the BRP.


We will meet at 8:00 at the parking area on the Art Loeb Trail trailhead, located halfway down Black Balsam Knob Road from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Do not go all the way to the end of the road! Look for the NCNPS sign at the parking area. Parking can fill up quickly, so you may want to come a little early to get a spot!

Monday, August 06, 2018


(9:00AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 9:00 at milepost 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a grassy area for cars to park. But be careful and do not block the gate. The hike is along an old gravel road and gradually climbs to an old fire tower. The hike is moderate and about 1.5 miles roundtrip. The view is spectacular and there are several other side trails to explore! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


(9:00AM - 3:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will start at the Craggy Gardens picnic area and follow the Mountain-to-the-Sea Trail to where it crosses the BRP near the Graybeard Mt. Overlook.  This will be about a 3 mile hike. At the end of the hike we can do an optional and short hike, 1.4-mile roundtrip, to the top of the 5,892-foot summit Craggy Pinnacle at Craggy Gardens. At the top is a spectacular 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.


We will meet at 9:00 at the Craggy Gardens Picnic area. From Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway north, approximately 15 miles past the Folk Art Center. At milepost 367.6 you will see the sign and road to the Craggy Garden Picnic area. Park and meet near the restrooms. We will run a quick shuttle to the Graybeard Mt. Overlook at MP 363.4 and then start our hike!

Monday, June 11, 2018


(10:00AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 10:00 at the parking area for the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail. We will focus on the many fern species that are along the trail and learn about key features that will help with fern identification. The U.S. Forest Service describes the trail “as a figure eight pattern. On the lower slopes it traverses through an acidic cove forest dominated by tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), black birch (Betula lenta), yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava), and sadly dead eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). The upper slopes along the trail support a rich cove forest dominated by tulip poplar, yellow buckeye, basswood (Tilia americana var. heterophylla), red oak (Quercus rubra), silverbell (Halesia tetraptera), and cucumber-tree (Magnolia acuminata).”
Please dress appropriately and bring plenty of water to drink. After the hike we can have lunch in the picnic area and possibly explore another trail if people feel up to it!

From Robbinsville, take HWY 129 N for 1.5 miles to the junction with HWY 143 W (Massey Branch Road). Turn left and proceed west on HWY 143 for approximately 5 miles to a stop sign. Turn right onto Kilmer Road. You will drive for about 7.3 miles and arrive at the top of Santeelah Gap and the junction with the Cherohala Skyway. Bear to your right and continue for another 2.5 miles to the entrance of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Turn left into the entrance and proceed about one half mile to the parking area.

Thursday, May 31, 2018


(9:00AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet in the parking area at 9:00. We will hike approximately 3-3.5 miles – mostly the Hollow Rock Trail. Please not that all the trails at Rocky Face are strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and food. We will eat lunch at the top and enjoy the beautiful view before looping around and heading back down.


This is a difficult place to find, please use your GPS. The address is:
Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area
3451 Rocky Face Church Road
Hiddenite, NC 28636

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