The Triad Treasures Natural Diversity!


Organized in January 2004, members come from Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham, Stokes, and other counties. All welcome!

At right: Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on New York iron weed, Vernonia noveboracensis, late summer 2014, by Judy Stierand. (click image for full-screen)

Monthly Meetings

Members receive announcements about Triad Chapter programs. All (members and non-members) are also welcome to join an informal Triad Yahoo! Group for sharing announcements about local and regional native plant events, resources, and photos: triadncwfps.

Please join us first Wednesdays of each month September through May for programs, plant sharing, and plant fun. Explore natural areas with us at any time of year (usually within a day’s drive). For further information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923). All are welcome.

2016 Schedule

(past programs posted below upcoming events)

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Knight Brown Preserve (postponed from April 26 until May 3)

(9:30 a.m.)

(Thalictrum thalictroides, Rue Anemone by Ann Walter-Fromson)

Let’s celebrate spring by searching for early spring wildflowers! Join naturalist Ann Walter-Fromson for Wednesday morning wildflower walks in March and April. We will visit several watershed trails and area parks and preserves to observe nature’s beautiful show of ephemeral spring wildflowers. These walks are co-sponsored with T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society. For this walk at Knight-Brown Preserve, we will begin on the Beechwood Bottom Trail and continue on the Creekside Loop trail to see which wildflowers are in bloom at this pristine site owned by Piedmont Land Conservancy. About 2 miles of walking, some of it very hilly.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Biology of Bryophytes (Mosses, Liverworts, & Hornworts) with Dr. Jonathan Shaw

(7 p.m.)

Jonathan Shaw (fourth from the left) at the Green Swamp with students from Duke’s Graduate Liberal Studies program

Clockwise from top left (by Jonathan Shaw): the liverwort, Frullania; a microscopic view of another liverwort, Cololejeunia, illustrating that these plants are also beautiful at that microscopic level; the moss, Helodium, from southern Alaska; and peat moss (Sphagnum), Dr. Shaw’s current research focus—this is Sphagnum warnstorfii, a species that is usually brilliant red.

Please join Dr. Jonathan Shaw for an overview of the biology of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, hornworts) including their life cycles and how one distinguishes between these three groups of plants.  He’ll also talk about the ecology of bryophytes in North Carolina and more broadly.  As his current research interests center on the peatmosses (Sphagnum), which are arguably among the most ecologically important groups of plants on earth, he will tell us something about their biology, ecology, and the basis for making such a bold claim about their importance.  They also happen to be among the most beautiful plants on earth, which he will also prove to us through some photographs.

Jonathan Shaw is currently Professor of Biology at Duke University, where he has been teaching for 21 years.  Before that he taught at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York.  He did his Bachelors degree at Cornell University, his Masters at the University of Alberta, and his Doctorate at the University of Michigan.  He has worked on a variety of research projects over the years, all centered on moss ecology and evolution.  His current research is focused on peatmosses, taking him to a lot of interesting and beautiful places to collect these plants.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Habitat Gardens: Landscaping with Native Plants presented by Dale Batchelor

(1-4 p.m.)

Water garden with native lotus and waterlilies designed and installed by Dale Batchelor and John Thomas

Curb garden designed and installed by Dale Batchelor and John Thomas

Dale Batchelor with John L. Thomas (photo by Jayne Walther)

This three hour interactive workshop will cover fundamentals for creating residential landscapes with a focus on native plants.  Discussion will include strategies for creating landscapes that are maintainable for the homeowner, as well as beneficial for insects, birds, and other wildlife.

Dale is the owner of Gardener by Nature, which offers customized gardening services emphasizing native plants and sustainable landscape practices.  Dale has a certificate in Native Plant Studies from the NC Botanical Garden and more than 13 years experience creating and maintaining residential gardens. “When designing, I believe it’s very important to consider not only a site’s physical characteristics, but also the existing and surrounding plant and animal communities.  For me, a garden is truly alive when it becomes a healthy, functioning ecosystem.  I especially enjoy working with individuals and families who want to reconnect with nature and feel strongly that engaging children with the natural world is important both for their own development and the future of our planet.”

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Extra Stuff

Triad Flora Report

Lisa Gould compiles a wonderful monthly Triad Flora report highlighting her native plant observations and those contributed by anyone in the community. It is a tremendously valuable tool for learning about our native (and introduced) flora in the wild, for exploring flowering times (and making a trip to go see something special or new to you!), for providing a record of our plant community through time, and for utilizing the knowledge and observational skills of our members. We will periodically post reports here Link to all the Flora Reports

Photos of Toad Trillium (Trillium cuneatum) and Virginia Heartleaf (Hexastyli virginica) are by Matthew Perry, included with the 31 March Flora Report.

To contribute to the Triad Flora report, send Lisa (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) your observations, including common name, scientific name (if possible), place observed (locale, town, county), date observed, stage (e.g., in bloom, in fruit, leaves only, etc.), and observer's name. Please report only for the following counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

Please include only plants that are in the wild (native or naturalized)—no garden plants. Species with an asterisk (*) are not native to our area but have naturalized here.

Nomenclature is from Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States, Working Draft of November 2012, by Alan S. Weakley, UNC Herbarium, Chapel Hill NC. Available as a free download (a searchable pdf) from:

Invasive species status [marked with an exclamation point and a number] is from the NC Native Plant Society's Invasive Exotic Plants in NC – 2010, which is available at The Society ranks invasive plants by the threat level: Rank 1 [!1] = Severe Threat, Rank 2 [!2] = Significant Threat, Rank 3 [!3] = Lesser Threat, Watch List A [!4] = naturalizing and may become a problem, Watch List B [!5] = known threat in other states but not yet a problem here. This list is a work-in-progress—if you have comments, go to the web link for information on how to provide feedback.

The reports are currently emailed to Triad members and posted on the plant society's members only pages, but more may be available here, as well, before long, so please stay tuned.... To join the Triad listserv, please visit triadncwfps or contact Nancy.

NC Friends of Plant Conservation Blog
To learn more about the wonderful flora of North Carolina, visit Rob Evan's blog, highlighting flowers in some of the Plant Conservation Program preserves, The Plant Conservation Program's staff manages preserves across the state and contributions c/o the NC Friends of Plant Conservation are greatly appreciated for the program's work acquiring and managing these unique and tremendously special communities. To learn more about the program, visit

Comments, photos, or updates for this page can be sent to Nancy.

Picture Albums

Tater Hill Trip Tater Hill Trip (August 02, 2008)
Green Swamp Green Swamp (May 21, 2005)

Chapter Contact(s)

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