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Southern Piedmont Chapter

Charlotte and surrounding counties

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

Monthly Meetings

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Meetings held 2nd Sunday each month, 2:00 PM Unless noted
No meeting in July 2017


Calendar Item!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Native Plant Habitat Certification Workshop Oct 8

(2-4:00 pm Reedy Creek Nature Center )

The October meeting will help NCNPS members and native plant enthusiasts in a HOW TO CERTIFY session for your NATIVE PLANT HABITAT property. Dr. Larry Mellichamp will lead NCNPS members interested in learning about the Native Plant Garden Certification application process. He will cover common Piedmont garden plants, assist with ID, and make suggestions to complete your application, which should be simple for native plant gardening enthusiasts.

Good-to-Know TIPS:

    Print out the certification form (click here to download the pdf application)) and begin your process for filling it out. Bring along to the October 8 meeting.

      Bring your questions on plant identification….photos, specimens (twigs with several leaves, flowers, fruits etc.) to the meeting.

        Looking to add to your native plantings? The upcoming UNCC Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale is October 13-14, 9A-3P

          Already Certified HABITAT Members: Please bring & share your garden photos! either printed or on a thumb drive.

          Meeting Location:
          Reedy Creek Nature Center
          2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215
          Date & Time:
          Sunday, October 8, 2-4PM
          Free. Open to the public.
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          Past Programs

          Earth Day 2017 Celebrations with NCNPS volunteers at several locations in the Charlotte area are the perfect place to share native plant information with visitors. It was a great day to make seed bombs with our youngest environmentalists.



          Chapter Activities


          We need you! The Southern Piedmont Chapter has many active members, and we hope you will get involved and participate. What do we do?
            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 distribution at area events.

            Volunteer to staff Earth Day, Hummingbird Festival, and other community events at an NCNPS booth. Materials will be provided, but we need members to answer questions and share their knowledge.

            Volunteer to tend local native plant garden. 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.

          Please say yes to our volunteer email requests, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your ideas!




          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
          —The Mecklenburg County Herbarium located at the James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies housed at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
          Certificate for Native Plant Studies at UNCC Botanical Gardens
          Native Plants of the Southeast by Larry Mellichamp and photographs by Will Stuart available at Timber Press
          CROWN-Charlotte chapter of the Wildlife Federation
          HAWK-Habitat and Wildlife Keepers-Matthews area
          Xerces Society--great place for pollinator information!
          Going Native --Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants--Super site operated by NCSU




          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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