Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Bizarre Natives with Larry Mellichamp(7 p.m. (welcome to come early and chat))
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter
Hey, wildflower gardener! Are you bored with your borages, complacent with your colic-root, and tired of your tiarellas? Then take a walk on the wild side with Dr. M and experience some of the extraordinary behavior of some of our most beautiful and interesting Southeastern native plants. Get hit with a pie while you shop, experience a pitcher plant eating a moth, learn why bees buzz, see an ant eat the top off a toadshade seed, marvel at the mop-top hairdo on a twinleaf seed, wade in water up to your @$$ to see a prostrate pitcher plant, and feel the thrill of finding little flies in the throat of a forgiving pipevine flower. Native plants can be weird and wonderful, and you can grow them and watch right in your own backyard.
Dr. Larry Mellichamp is recently retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture and was director of the Botanical Gardens at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Larry is an expert on native plants of all kinds, and has received several teaching awards and written several books, including the recent Native Plants of the Southeast…the best species for the garden (Timber Press, 2014) and Bizarre Botanicals (2010 with Paula Gross). He is the 2016 recipient of the Tom Dodd, Jr. Plantsman Award of Excellence from the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.
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