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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Cascades Preserve

(9:30 a.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


(Tiarella sp., Foamflower, 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 Cascades Preserve, we will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.


(Ann Walter-Fromson botanizing)

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of the Wednesday wildflower walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot next to Friendly Ave. at the sign in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.

Ann is a wonderful naturalist who has been using her retirement to learn more about the natural world. These hikes were tremendously popular last year and we hope you will be able to enjoy the wonderful surprises of spring with her this year.


The dates and descriptions for these wildflower walks are:

(1) March 15 - Northeast Park: We start on the Buffalo Creek Trail in search of Trout Lily and Spring Beauty, return to the Low Water Crossing area, then head a short way along the Reedy Overlook Trail to look for wildflowers in the bottomland forest. About 3 miles of walking; Buffalo Creek Trail is moderately hilly.

No walk on March 22.

(2) March 29 - Townsend Trail: We begin at the Yanceyville Street trailhead and walk about a mile east, looking for Bloodroot and Hepatica. About 2.5 miles of walking; the trail is moderately hilly.

(3) April 5 - Richardson-Taylor Preserve: We will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

(4) April 12 - Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.

(5) April 19 - Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

(6) April 26 - Knight Brown Preserve: We 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 hilly.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Knight Brown Preserve

(9:30 a.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


(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.


(Ann Walter-Fromson botanizing)

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of the Wednesday wildflower walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot next to Friendly Ave. at the sign in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.

Ann is a wonderful naturalist who has been using her retirement to learn more about the natural world. These hikes were tremendously popular last year and we hope you will be able to enjoy the wonderful surprises of spring with her this year.

The dates and descriptions for these wildflower walks are:

(1) March 15 - Northeast Park: We start on the Buffalo Creek Trail in search of Trout Lily and Spring Beauty, return to the Low Water Crossing area, then head a short way along the Reedy Overlook Trail to look for wildflowers in the bottomland forest. About 3 miles of walking; Buffalo Creek Trail is moderately hilly.

No walk on March 22.

(2) March 29 - Townsend Trail: We begin at the Yanceyville Street trailhead and walk about a mile east, looking for Bloodroot and Hepatica. About 2.5 miles of walking; the trail is moderately hilly.

(3) April 5 - Richardson-Taylor Preserve: We will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

(4) April 12 - Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.

(5) April 19 - Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

(6) April 26 - Knight Brown Preserve: We 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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Marie Poteat’s Farm

(9:30 a.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


(Dicentra cucullaria, Dutchman’s Breeches, 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 Marie Poteat’s farm, Marie will guide us along trails on this 75-acre farm that she is restoring with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.


(Ann Walter-Fromson botanizing)

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of the Wednesday wildflower walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot next to Friendly Ave. at the sign in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.

Ann is a wonderful naturalist who has been using her retirement to learn even more about the natural world. These hikes were tremendously popular last year and we hope you will be able to enjoy the wonderful surprises of spring with her this year.

The dates and descriptions for these wildflower walks are:

(1) March 15 - Northeast Park: We start on the Buffalo Creek Trail in search of Trout Lily and Spring Beauty, return to the Low Water Crossing area, then head a short way along the Reedy Overlook Trail to look for wildflowers in the bottomland forest. About 3 miles of walking; Buffalo Creek Trail is moderately hilly.

No walk on March 22.

(2) March 29 - Townsend Trail: We begin at the Yanceyville Street trailhead and walk about a mile east, looking for Bloodroot and Hepatica. About 2.5 miles of walking; the trail is moderately hilly.

(3) April 5 - Richardson-Taylor Preserve: We will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

(4) April 12 - Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.

(5) April 19 - Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

(6) April 26 - Knight Brown Preserve: We 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 hilly.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Richardson-Taylor Preserve

(9:30 a.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


(Packera aurea, Golden Groundsel, 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 Richardson-Taylor Preserve, we will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.


(Ann Walter-Fromson botanizing)

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of the Wednesday wildflower walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot next to Friendly Ave. at the sign in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.

Ann is a wonderful naturalist who has been using her retirement to learn even more about the natural world. These hikes were tremendously popular last year and we hope you will be able to enjoy the wonderful surprises of spring with her this year.

The dates and descriptions for these wildflower walks are:

(1) March 15 - Northeast Park: We start on the Buffalo Creek Trail in search of Trout Lily and Spring Beauty, return to the Low Water Crossing area, then head a short way along the Reedy Overlook Trail to look for wildflowers in the bottomland forest. About 3 miles of walking; Buffalo Creek Trail is moderately hilly.

No walk on March 22.

(2) March 29 - Townsend Trail: We begin at the Yanceyville Street trailhead and walk about a mile east, looking for Bloodroot and Hepatica. About 2.5 miles of walking; the trail is moderately hilly.

(3) April 5 - Richardson-Taylor Preserve: We will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

(4) April 12 - Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.

(5) April 19 - Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

(6) April 26 - Knight Brown Preserve: We 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 hilly.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Townsend Trail

Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


(Bloodroot, 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 the western end of Townsend Trail, we begin at the Yanceyville Street trailhead and walk about a mile east, looking for Bloodroot and Hepatica. About 2.5 miles of walking; the trail is moderately hilly.


(Ann Walter-Fromson botanizing)

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of the Wednesday wildflower walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot next to Friendly Ave. at the sign in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.

Ann is a wonderful naturalist who has been using her retirement to learn even more about the natural world. These hikes were tremendously popular last year and we hope you will be able to enjoy the wonderful surprises of spring with her this year.

The dates and descriptions for these wildflower walks are:

(1) March 15 - Northeast Park: We start on the Buffalo Creek Trail in search of Trout Lily and Spring Beauty, return to the Low Water Crossing area, then head a short way along the Reedy Overlook Trail to look for wildflowers in the bottomland forest. About 3 miles of walking; Buffalo Creek Trail is moderately hilly.

No walk on March 22.

(2) March 29 - Townsend Trail: We begin at the Yanceyville Street trailhead and walk about a mile east, looking for Bloodroot and Hepatica. About 2.5 miles of walking; the trail is moderately hilly.

(3) April 5 - Richardson-Taylor Preserve: We will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

(4) April 12 - Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.

(5) April 19 - Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

(6) April 26 - Knight Brown Preserve: We 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 hilly.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Film: Hometown Habitat—Stories of Bringing Nature Home

(7 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


You are invited to attend a free showing of Hometown Habitat, a documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

The narrative thread of this documentary is provided by renowned entomologist Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D. whose research, books and lectures about the use of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy gives hope that “it is not yet too late to save most of the plants and animals that sustain the ecosystems on which we ourselves depend. Restoring native plants to most human-dominated landscapes is relatively easy to do.” 

Q&A with representatives from the NC Native Plant Society, T. G. Pearson Audubon, and the Piedmont Land Conservancy. Film Chapters: The Basics, Douglas Tallamy; Ecosystem Services, Million Trees NYC; Water Conservation, Habitat Hero Program; Restoration and Conservation Development, Steven Apfelbaum; Environmental Activism, Wild Ones.

Free and open to public - invite your friends!  Visit https://themeadowproject.com to learn more.

Please join us Wednesday, February 22nd 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!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

NC Arbor Day and Work Day at Reedy Creek

(2:00-3:30 Program and Shrub Planting 3:00-5:30 Program and Spring Garden Clean Up)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Celebration of NC Arbor Day-Tree celebration, art and short hike.
  Workday and spring garden clean -up—volunteers needed

Location:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215

RSVP: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Northeast Park

(9:30 a.m. )
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


(Dimpled Trout Lily, 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 our first walk at Northeast Park, we will start on the Buffalo Creek Trail in search of Trout Lily and Spring Beauty, return to the Low Water Crossing area, then head a short way along the Reedy Overlook Trail to look for wildflowers in the bottomland forest. About 3 miles of walking; Buffalo Creek Trail is moderately hilly.


(Ann Walter-Fromson botanizing)

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of the Wednesday wildflower walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot next to Friendly Ave. at the sign in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.

Ann is a wonderful naturalist who has been using her retirement to learn even more about the natural world. These hikes were tremendously popular last year and we hope you will be able to enjoy the wonderful surprises of spring with her this year.

The dates and descriptions for these wildflower walks are:

(1) March 15 - Northeast Park: We start on the Buffalo Creek Trail in search of Trout Lily and Spring Beauty, return to the Low Water Crossing area, then head a short way along the Reedy Overlook Trail to look for wildflowers in the bottomland forest. About 3 miles of walking; Buffalo Creek Trail is moderately hilly.

No walk on March 22.

(2) March 29 - Townsend Trail: We begin at the Yanceyville Street trailhead and walk about a mile east, looking for Bloodroot and Hepatica. About 2.5 miles of walking; the trail is moderately hilly.

(3) April 5 - Richardson-Taylor Preserve: We will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

(4) April 12 - Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.

(5) April 19 - Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

(6) April 26 - Knight Brown Preserve: We 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 hilly.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Moss Foundation Trip - Postponed

(1:30 - 4:30 PM)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Trip to Moss Foundation Sandhills Preserve - Postponed due to weather!
Tentatively rescheduled for March 5

Thanks to Julie Moore we’re set to visit this preserve in the Sandhills to get a winter view of a frequently burned, mature longleaf pine sandhill forest, which supports the Red-cockaded woodpecker and has populations of Wells pixie moss.  We’ll meet at the site at 1:30 PM to give us time to get to the Pixie Moss site, or at 12:15 at the Reid Garden for those who want to carpool.
See http://www.walthour-moss.org/ for more information.
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Saturday, June 03, 2017

2017 Picnic and Annual Meeting

Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

June 3, 2017 Picnic and Annual Meeting
ARC Building at Hagan Stone Park
Pleasant Garden, NC

         

Yeah!  Spring is coming.  This is your opportunity to come join us for our Annual Spring Picnic and Plant Sale.
As always, good food, good friends and Great Plants!

We will have a short annual review of all that the North Carolina Native Plant Society has accomplished and an introduction and big fat thank you to all of our volunteer officers and board members.

John Neal will be in attendance this year again with a collection of books for sale.



The meal will be fried chicken and Bar B Que from Smithfields, and all the fixin’s will be the large and delicious collection of side dishes that all the members in attendance bring to share.  The NCNPS will provide tea and water, ice and paper products.

And the very best part!  This is the time to get good quality, native North Carolina plants to get your garden and yard in beautiful bird and bee stopping point condition.  This sale is how we keep our NCNPS scholarships healthy and funded.  If you have plants you would like donate to the sale, please bring them to the auction. 

It helps immensely if they are:
1. Not in fancy pots
2. Clearly labeled with the botanical and/ or common name
3. A short description written for the auctioneer
4. Not a rare, threatened or endangered species, unless they were grown on your own land (if so, you will be asked to fill out documentation at the picnic)
Smaller items or multiples may be placed on the sale table, due to time constraints.

So Come On Along!    It is such a great time for friends, foliage, food and finds!

So bring your favorite dish, your favorite checkbook and a great big truck to take all the things home you are going to buy!

Directions

Take a left just inside the entrance of the park, drive through the gravel parking lot onto an asphalt driveway to the end of the road.  Parking will be at the Event Center and just below in the Camp Joy building parking lot.  I don’t want folks to drive all the way back to where we used to picnic.  You might even want to say NEW LOCATION so folks will pay attention to the new building location.

This is a link to the map and the building is in the bottom left of the map.

Hagan Stone facilities map.pdf

Google Maps address for the picnic location:  5920 Hagan Stone Park Rd.
Pleasant Gardens, NC 27313

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference 2017

(July 19-22, 2017 2016 NC Native Plant Society Members and attendees)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Join fellow NC Native Plant Society members in Cullowhee next summer for hikes, lectures and connecting with a wide variety of fellow native plant geeks!

The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference has been held annually at Western Carolina University since 1984 and was the first native plant conference. Since then it has spawned many regional conferences as the native plant movement has gained more recognition and interest. The conference draws academic leaders, landscape architects, horticulturists, botanical garden directors and staff, ecology and environmental leaders and garden enthusiasts from across the Southeast, from Delaware and Pennsylvania to Florida and Texas.

The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference began in 1984 with a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority to underwrite a “Plant Utilization” meeting. Since then the combination of field trips, workshops, lectures and social networking opportunities have become a model for similar native plant gatherings across the country. The 2017 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference will be held from July 19 to July 22, 2017. 

Scholarships are available to students to inspire the next generation of leaders in the fields of botany, ecology and environmental science focused on the importance of native plants in our landscape. For more information visit: http://www.wcu.edu/engage/community-resources/conferences-and-community-classes/the-cullowhee-native-plant-conference/

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Early Ecology and Early American Botany with Larry Mellichamp

(2:00 - 4:00 PM )
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Larry Mellichamp will take us on a virtual tour of Early American botany

Location:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215

RSVP: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Friday, May 05, 2017

2017 Spring Outing

Event 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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