Friday, May 05, 2017
2017 Spring OutingEvent Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society
The NCNPS Spring Outing is shaping up to be a banner event. It will be held in the mountains in Boone on May 5-7, 2017.
We will have several hikes to take advantage of starting with a Friday Afternoon Pre-outing hike. Our talks and gatherings will be held in the Deerfield United Methodist Church (DUMC) Fellowship Hall, 1184 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC 28607. We will have a Friday evening Social starting at 6:30 with a speaker to follow at 8:00. We will then gather the next morning for our Saturday Hikes. Saturday evening, for another speaker, and a new twist- a silent Auction where there will be approximately 20-25 VERY select plant items for you to bid on. As usual the funds generated by our auction will help fund our outreach programs. The next morning will see us gather again for the Sunday half-day hike that will be completed by 1:00 so that folks can start their travels home.
This will be the peak flowering for many of the many of the spring ephemerals including many trilliums.
Please mark your calendars.
Come with us on our annual Spring Trip to fall in love all over again with the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The adventure starts: Friday May 5th
2 PM Friday afternoon pre-outing hike with Mark Rose on the Blue Ridge Parkway
6: 30 PM Friday evening snacks and socializing
8 PM Friday evening speaker
During this evening, we will be able to start examining the specialty silent plant auction items. The silent bidding will begin Friday evening with signup sheets.
Saturday, May 6
9 AM Saturday morning carpooling for the first round of hikes.
Lunchtime – return to Boone for lunch on our own and reconvening to carpool for afternoon hikes.
Dinner will be on our own, with approximately 30 restaurants within a 3-mile range of our evening meeting location.
Saturday evening we will again have a speaker, and the completion of our silent auction.
Sunday, May 7
9AM There will be a half-day hike Sunday morning, to be completed by 1 pm.
There are so many lovely things that we might see: trilliums, orchids, Bloodroot, Squirrel Corn, Dutchman’s Britches, Skunk Cabbage, Dwarf Larkspur, Fringed Phacelia, Jack-in-the-pulpit, violets, Foamflower, anemones, toothwort, Clintonia, Star Chickweed, phlox, gingers, iris, Trout Lily, sedum, saxifrage, Lily-of-the Valley.
The speaker Friday evening is Dr. Matt Estep, Professor at Appalachian State University. He will talk about the botany and geology of Tater Hill Preserve.
Saturday evening will be a speaker from Grandfather Mountain, extolling the virtues of this amazing North Carolina treasure.
Please come join us for this sure-to-be-educational, exciting, and all around good time with a bunch of like-minded plant nerds. What an amazing opportunity!!!
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