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)
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.
(past programs posted below upcoming events)
Saturday, August 26, 2017
CLASS FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED
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.”Read More!
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Who’s Attracted to Native Plants? Pollinator Diversity in a Suburban Yard presented by Ann Walter-Fromson(7 p.m. (please come early to say hello))
(Ann Walter-Fromson by Paul Fromson)
(Bumble bee on purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, by Ann Walter-Fromson)
As someone who has gardened with native plants to benefit birds for the past decade, Ann Walter-Fromson recently turned her attention to the small creatures that visit the flowers of native plants in her yard. In spring and summer 2016 she completed a 16-week study of floral visitors and pollinators attracted to native plants. In this program Ann will describe the diversity of pollinators and other floral visitors that she observed on native plants. You will learn which native plants attracted the greatest variety of floral visitors and hear stories about some of the more colorful and intriguing pollinators and how they interact with native plants.
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.
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: http://www.herbarium.unc.edu/flora.htm
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 http://www.ncwildflower.org/invasives/list.htm. 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, http://ncplantcon.blogspot.com. 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 http://www.ncplantfriends.org.
Comments, photos, or updates for this page can be sent to Nancy.
- Tater Hill Trip (August 02, 2008)
- Green Swamp (May 21, 2005)
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