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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

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

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. Tallamy says, “It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.”

    Everyone is invited to see a screening of the new movie—Hometown Habitat, stories of Bringing Nature Home. This documentary, produced by The Meadow Project, shows how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

    Producer/Director, Catherine Zimmerman and film crew spent two years traveling the country to visit Hometown Habitat heroes. Their inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits. 

    For more information about Hometown Habitat visit this link.


      UNC Charlotte

        Cameron Hall, Room 101,

          9010 Craver Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262

            Parking- On the UNC Charlotte campus, Lot 16, is closest - the problem is that you can’t access it from Craver Rd. 

            From Mallard Creek Church Rd., turn onto Mary Alexander.  At the stoplight, turn right, then take a very quick left onto the short Poplar Terrace Dr.  keep left on PoplarTerrace, it will end at Lot 16 - park towards the far end.  Walk to cross Craver Rd. to Cameron Bldg, go down steps and enter the glass foyer on the ground floor.  Head towards hallway right, 101 is first on left. This campus map be helpful.

            We thank the UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden for hosting this meeting. Either before or after the meeting we encourage you to also visit the Mellichamp Native Terrace at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. This link will tell you more about their programs and offer a map of the gardens.
            There will be a Q&A with local experts following the screening, and opportunity to see the UNCC Botanical Garden meadow at the Mellichamp Native Terrace after the movie
            Free and open to public—invite your friends!

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          Saturday, June 04, 2016

          2016 ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC

          (10:00 AM to 4:30 PM )
          Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

          2016 ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC
          Note new location

          Saturday June 4, 2016

          Arrive at 10:00 for indoor & outdoor programs:

          • Along-the-trails Plant ID sessions with Larry Mellichamp, Lisa Gould, & Ann Walter-Fromson
          • What’s in Bloom? Indoors with Judy West & Lynda Waldrep, to highlight native plants currently in bloom and fruit/seed. Bring flowers, fruits/seed, or cuttings to share.

          11:30 is brief annual business meeting and questions

          12:00 lunch – bring a covered dish; we will supply fried chicken and barbeque,
          and ice, tea, water, paper products

          1:00 -3:00 Auction – bring plants

          Seven Springs Lodge & Retreat 
          (North off I-40 between Statesville and Winston-Salem)

          You can use 2 addresses—they both get you to the same spot:
            118 Alder Lane, Farmington NC 27028 OR
            256 Pineville Road, Mocksville NC 27028

          Heading east from Statesville or west on I-40 from Winston-Salem, take Exit 180B, NC 801 N.
          Go 5.5 miles and turn right on Farmington Road
          Go 1.1 miles and turn left onto Pineville Road.
          Go 0.3 miles and turn right onto Alder Lane (the sign for this is small –you are likely to go right past). There is also a small sign that says “Seven Springs”. LOOK FOR “Native Plants” Signs
          Go past the small house on the right (this is the caretakers’ home) and on a short way into the big parking lot.
          Park there and proceed down the path to the left of the parking lot, to the lodge. This is the biggest building on the property; there’s a small pond behind it.

          Trouble finding it? call Larry at 704-578-5991.

          There are plenty of chairs and tables, and restrooms inside the lodge, with ceiling fans and plenty of windows. Eat inside or outside on tables. There is room outside for staging auction plants—drive up, unload, then go back and park.


          Bring quality NATIVE plants, labeled as best you can.
          Robert Jones and crew will help receive and stage them.
          Common plants will be placed on tables for “sale” on honor system.
          Less common plants will be in the auction – we will be more selective to save time.

          See you June 4!


          Saturday, September 03, 2016

          Flat Laurel Creek Trail

          (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
          Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

          According to Hike WNC, “this loop takes you around the headwaters basin of Flat Laurel Creek, which starts in a unique, high-elevation valley surrounded by sharp peaks, grassy balds, and cool, dark, spruce-fir forests. Its elevation is over 5300 ft. at the bottom, and it lies below Sam Knob and Black Balsam Knob which top out at over 6200 ft. Includes optional side-hikes to the summit of Sam Knob and a waterfall on Flat Laurel Creek.” The trail head is off of the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Graveyard Fields area. The hike is rated moderately difficult. We will meet in Brevard at 9:00 at the BI-LO Grocery store (near Wall-Mart). We will park near the HWY 276 side and car pool from there. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

          Contact Information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

          Saturday, August 06, 2016

          Crabtree Falls Hike

          (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
          Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

          We will meet at 10:00 at the Crabtree Falls campground parking area, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at MP 339.5. I will be driving a brown Subaru Outback. We will hike along the campground trail and hike the waterfall loop. Crabtree Falls Loop Trail is a 2.5-mile, strenuous hike to the 70-foot-tall falls. We will finish at the meadow and explore the meadow flowers and pollinators. Please wear appropriate footwear. The trail is rocky and wet in areas. Also bring plenty of water and snacks for the hike.

          Contact Information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

          Sunday, September 18, 2016

          Our Local Insects, an exploratory field trip at EvHenwood with Sam Marshall

          (10 A.M. - noon)
          Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

          imageCome see UNCW’s EvHenwood Preserve from a different perspective!  Sam Marshall, Horticulture Extension Agent for Brunswick Co, has an MS in Entomology from NCSU.  He’ll be introducing us to our local insects.  We’ll explore and sample different habitats for entomological treasures.  If you don’t normally go looking for insects when you are botanizing, then you’re missing a treat.  Our warm, humid climate supports some perfectly beautiful “bugs”!

          Free and open to the public.  No registration needed.

          We will meet in the parking lot of EvHenwood Preserve, 6132 Rock Creek Rd, Leland.  Please come a little early.  We’ll begin promptly at 10 am.

          Directions from Wilmington:

          Take US-76 W from Wilmington for 3 miles.
          Merge onto US-17 S.  Continue for 6.4 miles.
          Take right on Zion Church Rd NE.  Continue .6 miles.
          Take first right on Town Creek Rd NE. Continue for 1.1 miles.
          Turn left onto Rock Creek Rd.  Continue .7 miles.  The preserve is on the left and is marked.

          Please dress appropriately (boots or closed-toe shoes, long pants, hat etc.), and bring water, snacks, insect repellent (ironic!) and sunscreen.  Be prepared for ticks and mosquitoes.  There is a Port-o-let on the site, but no running water or other facilities.

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