Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke, and Avery Counties
The North Carolina Native Plant Society (NCNPS) is pleased to announce the formation of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the state organization. We will be based in Boone.
For the first year we will be meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at the Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607. The Holiday Inn is adjacent to the Lowes Home Improvement Store. The meeting room will open at 6:30 with the meeting running from 7:00-9:00 PM. We will have a program at each meeting, which could entail either a formal talk or workshops or anything in between.
Our first meeting will be on April 8, 2015. Mark Rose will present a PowerPoint program entitled North Carolina Native Plants: Three seasons of blooms. It seems the appropriate beginning for our group. The program will show the progression of blooms from the early Skunk Cabbage to the fall Asters.
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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