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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Welcome to the Piedmont: Creating a Garden of Roadside Wildflowers with Chris Liloia

(7 p.m. (welcome early to chat))
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


Chris Liloia at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, by Johnny Randall.



Piedmont habitat garden at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, by Chris Liloia.


We tend to think of the piedmont as a forested landscape, but historically, open glades and prairies were more common. These days, piedmont plants that need a lot of sun persist primarily along roadsides and right-of-ways. When the North Carolina Botanical Garden constructed our relatively new Education Center we had the opportunity to expand the garden’s collections around the new buildings and into the newly closed road that once divided the site. The corridor was converted into a series of beds that represent different aspects of piedmont flora. The open sunny tract presented the opportunity to highlight sun-loving plants of the piedmont.
Chris will talk about the creation of this new garden, from road bed to habitat, and hit on issues such as conservation and the benefits of creating a garden based on your local flora. She’ll also talk about the plants and the fun of experimenting with some familiar and many new perennials and grasses.
Chris Liloia is the Habitat Gardens Curator at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a conservation garden in Chapel Hill. She is responsible for the care of the habitat gardens and other plant collections at NCBG and helped design and create a new piedmont habitat there. The gardens she tends represent plant communities of the southeastern United States, and display rare and common species in a naturalistic setting. She carries out controlled burns in the habitats to simulate a natural fire regime.
Prior to joining the NCBG staff in 2000, she worked in ecological restoration in NJ and in south Florida. She earned her B.S. in Natural Resource Management, Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University.

Please join us Wednesday, November 1st at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923).  All are welcome, though of course we hope you’ll be inspired to join the NCNPS and support efforts to plant more natives and wildlife habitat!

Attendees often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for fundraisers at the spring and fall outings, or our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July.


Sumac and Silphium in the Piedmont habitat garden at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, by Chris Liloia.



Piedmont habitat garden at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, by Chris Liloia.


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