Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke, and Avery Counties
The Blue Ridge Chapter is based in Boone, NC.
Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607, adjacent to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. We have a program at each meeting, which could entail either a formal talk or workshops or anything in between. Meetings are free and open to the public, anyone is welcome. The meeting room will open at 6:30 PM with the meeting running from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Upcoming meetings and programs:
Nov. 8, 2017: “Introduction to our Native Bees” presented by Nancy Adamson
Dec. 13, 2017: 3rd Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap
If you have ideas for programs or would like to present to our group of native plant enthusiasts, please contact us!
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to attend the November 8th meeting in Boone. Our program this month will be “Common Native Bees” presented by Nancy Adamson. Join us to learn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat. In North Carolina, we have about 500 native species and a few introduced species in addition to the European honey bee. Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. Nancy’s program will highlight nesting habits to help you in supporting these diverse native pollinators. You can view some of her video and photo montages highlighting native plants and their inhabitants at https://www.youtube.com/user/MelittologyNancy.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Mark your calendars and start collecting and saving your native plant seeds! The 2017 Holiday Party and Seed Swap for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society will be on Wed., Dec. 13, at the Holiday Inn Express on Blowing Rock Road in Boone.Read More!
Past ProgramsOct. 11, 2017: "Grandfather Mountain: Beyond the Bridge" presented by Susan McBean and Amy Renfranz
Sep. 13, 2017: "Native Grasses, Sedges and Rushes in the Landscape" presented by Bob Oelberg and Katherine Shoffner
Aug. 9, 2017: "Gardening for Butterflies" presented by Annkatrin Rose
Jul. 12, 2017: "The Flora and Fauna of the Blue Ridge Parkway" presented by Bob Cantu
Jun. 14, 2017: Introduction to BRWIA and Seed Libraries by Judith Phoenix, Debbie Bauer, and Julia Showalter
May 10, 2017: "Bird-Friendly Gardening: Your Yard Matters!" presented by Kim Brand
Apr. 12, 2017: "Garden-worthy Native Perennials and Ferns" presentation and plant sale by John Neal
Mar. 8, 2017: "Saving the Earth One Plant at a Time" presented by Bill Jones
Feb. 8, 2017: "The Middle Fork Greenway" presented by Wendy Patoprsty
Jan. 11, 2017: Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather
Dec. 14, 2016: 2nd Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap
Nov. 9, 2016: "Bog Gardening with Native Carnivorous Plants" presented by Larry Mellichamp
Oct. 12, 2016: Introduction to Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA by Phyllis Stiles
Sep. 14, 2016: "The Natural History and Science of Fall Colors" presented by Howard Neufeld
Aug. 10, 2016: "Native Lilies of the Eastern US" presented by Mark Rose
Jul. 13, 2016: "Hands on plant identification for everyone" workshop with Andrew Jenkins
Jun. 8, 2016: "A History of the Early Botanical Explorations of the Southern Appalachians" presented by Gary Walker
May 11, 2016: "Plant-Pollinator Interactions in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Beyond" presented by Tim Spira
Apr. 13, 2016: "From Theory Street to Our Street: Bringing Native Landscapes into the Mainstream" presented by Bob Oelberg
Mar. 9, 2016: "Native Plants for Soggy Soils: Protecting our Mountain Water Resources" presented by Wendy Patoprsty
Feb. 10, 2016: Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather
Jan. 13, 2016: "The current "buzz" on bees: Declines, conservation efforts, and predicting their fates under climate change" presented by Jennifer Geib
Dec. 9, 2015: 1st Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap
Nov. 11, 2015: "Asters: Identification Tips for a Difficult Group of Plants" presented by Andrew Jenkins
Oct. 14, 2015: "The Bee Aware Campaign" presented by Kate Fitzgerald
Sep. 9, 2015: "Growing Native: Starting Wildflowers from Seeds" presented by Annkatrin Rose
Aug. 12, 2015: "Milkweeds of the Carolinas" presented by Mark Rose
Jul. 8, 2015: Repotting Milkweed Seedlings - hands-on workshop with Mark Rose
Jun. 10, 2015: "The Aliens Have Landed and They Keep Invading: High Country Invasive Plants" presented by Wendy Patoprsty
May 13, 2015: "Using Natives and Selections of Natives to Add Multi-Season Interest to the Landscape" presented by Paige Patterson
Apr. 8, 2015: "North Carolina Native Plants: Three Seasons of Blooms" presented by Mark Rose (inaugural meeting of the new Blue Ridge Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society)
The Blue Ridge Chapter occasionally organizes hikes and plant rescues in the High Country. Follow us on Facebook or join our YahooGroup to receive updates on meetings, hikes and rescues. In 2017, we hosted the Annual Spring Outing in Boone.
Blog and Special Notes
Well we are officially underway here in Boone. We held our first chapter meeting with 31 in attendance. We had 2 from Burke Co., 6 from Avery Co., 4 from Ashe Co., 1 from Caldwell Co., and the remainder from Watauga Co.
We had 8 students (the future of the organization) with several who had told me they could not attend due to previous commitments but would attend later. ASU was well represented and will be a strong supporter as 4 Professors were in attendance. We talked Hiking, Hospitality, Plant Rescues, Future Programs, and Committee Structure. I went on the NCNPS website and with our new projector show folks how to use the NCNPS site with all the dropdown boxes. Folks seemed most excited about the state events calendar and the photo galleries. My program of the native wildflowers of the state was well received and followed by lots of questions. Overall a big success!
Thanks to everyone who helped get this new chapter off and running.
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