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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

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Restoring a Portion of the Piedmont Longleaf Pine Ecosystem with Nell Allen

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


Photo of longleaf by Crystal Cockman, Land Trust for North Carolina


The North Carolina Zoo owns and manages the Nichols Piedmont Longleaf Pine Preserve in Montgomery County, NC. This old growth longleaf pine forest provides insight into the natural history of the region as well as the history of human interactions with longleaf pine. Restoring this tract is an interesting challenge.

Nell Allen has been working at the North Carolina Zoo since 2007, first as the Rare Plant Curator, then since January 2015, as the Associate Curator of Conservation and Research for regional programs. A large part of her job is acquiring, managing and preserving Zoo natural areas for native plants and animals. She conducts botanical work in the areas surrounding the Zoo, including Natural Heritage Program site surveys, monitoring rare and endangered native plant populations and improving habitat for rare plants. Her job now also covers the Zoo’s research and conservation for animals in North Carolina. In this role she coordinates animal projects like hellbender research in the North Carolina mountains and wildlife camera research on Zoo grounds.

Nell has a BS in Biology (Environmental concentration) from University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2003) and a Master’s of Natural Resources (Restoration Ecology technical option) with a Botany minor, from North Carolina State University (2007). While at NC State, her research focused on the creation and restoration of Piedmont prairies. Before working at the Zoo, she spent eight years in land conservation, as administrator for the Sandhills Area Land Trust, based in Southern Pines, NC.

Nell is particularly interested in restoring fire-dependent ecosystems in the Piedmont (i.e. she is a fire bug) and in creating and preserving corridors and linkages to facilitate plant and animal dispersal across a fragmented landscape.

The Triad Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society will meet at 7:00 pm on October 5th at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410.

All are welcome!!  Of course, we hope you’ll join the NC Native Plant Society and support its great work to enhance appreciation and protection of our wonderful native plants and communities, but just visiting with us to learn more is great!  Thank you!!!

We often have door prizes and welcome donations of native plants or other nature related articles to share. Every December, members share their native plant photos and stories from the year, so keep us in mind as you explore.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Along the Roadside: Unappreciated Botanical Treasure with Lisa Tompkins

(7:00 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


Photo of roadside wildflowers by Lisa Tompkins

Lisa Tompkins, North Carolina Native Plant Society Member, landscape designer and owner of Carolina Heritage Nursery in Waxhaw, NC will share with us her pictures and findings of plants and plant combinations seen along North Carolina’s roadsides. In 2005, Lisa moved to Union County, NC, into the heart of what had been Piedmont Prairie, just as this formerly sleepy, botanically under-explored county was becoming one of the fastest growing counties in the country.  She became entranced with the remnants of ancient plant communities that occurred unappreciated, unprotected and often unidentified along the roadsides.  She will present a snapshot of what she found along the roadside.

Lisa Tompkins, a North Carolina native, earned a BA in Psychology from UNC- Charlotte and an AAS in Horticulture Technology from Central Piedmont Community College.  She began working as a landscape designer in 2004 with an increasing emphasis on native plants and sustainable design (It’s Elemental Landscape Design).  In addition to landscape design, Lisa currently operates a small native plants nursery, Carolina Heritage Nursery.  She serves as Co-chair for the NC Native Plant Society – Southern Piedmont Chapter and continues to be an active member in that organization. Lisa is certified in NC Residential Rain Gardening, a NC Plant Professional and is near completion of a certificate in Native Plant Studies from UNCC Gardens. When not working, she tends her own gardens and scouts the woods and roadsides in search of native plant discoveries in the Carolina Piedmont.

The Triad Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society will meet at 7:00 pm on September 7th at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410.

All are welcome!!  Of course, we hope you’ll join the NC Native Plant Society and support its great work to enhance appreciation and protection of our wonderful native plants and communities, but just visiting with us to learn more is great!  Thank you!!!

We often have door prizes and welcome donations of native plants or other nature related articles to share. Every December, members share their native plant photos and stories from the year, so keep us in mind as you explore.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

2016 NCNPS Fall Trip

(10 AM - 5 PM)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

NCNPS 2016 Fall Trip - Nov. 5, 2016
North Carolina Sand hills Game Lands

Join Larry Mellichamp and Will Stuart to botanize in Longleaf Pine sandhills habitats near Hoffman, NC (Richmond County).
Fall color, late-blooming flowers, warm-season grasses, colorful berries, rare shrubs [such as White Wicky (Kalmia cuneata) and Coastal Witch-alder (Fothergilla gardenii)], pitcherplants (Sarracenia spp.), and much more should be seen. We’ll also expect to see Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.

No bugs, no sweat!

Meeting place and registration coming soon.

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

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Discoveries in the Darkness:  A Look into the Ecology, Diversity and Native Plant Habitats of our Local Moths with Lenny Lampel

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

Explore the relationship of moths and native plants with Lenny Lampel of Reedy Creek Nature Center

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

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Regional Ecology, Native Plants, and the Butterfly Highway Story

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

Angel Hjarding will provide an update on the Butterfly Highway project—how it started, where it’s been, and where it’s going next!

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

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Native Plants and our Backyard Friends

(2:00-4:30 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Laura Domingo will talk about the relationship of native plants in our home gardens and the backyard wildlife these plants support. We will also have a social with seasonal snacks and our annual seed exchange.

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

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Exploration of Urban Ecology with Carrie DeJaco

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

Carrie DeJaco will introduce the field of urban ecology, how people and nature affect each other in developed areas, and discuss why we should encourage and expand natural areas within our communities for their positive influences on both human health (mental and physical) and ecosystem services.

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

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Prairie Ecology Walk

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

We will visit and compare a remnant North Carolina prairie OR a man-made prairie restoration—specific site to be determined.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Backyard Ecology at the home of Carrie DeJaco

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

Carrie DeJaco will lead a tour of and share her experiences with three adjacent properties in an established middle-class neighborhood just a few miles east of uptown Charlotte.  In one area, the focus is on converting a “typical” yard into one with less lawn and more natives, the second provided an opportunity to “start from scratch” with an empty, bare-dirt yard, and the third is the transformation of a vacant lot into a pollinator meadow and shady woodland.

Carrie DeJaco’s gardens in the 1950’s era, Windsor Park neighborhood will help us see and understand the process of addressing urban lawn challenges and how she shaped 3 connected lawns into an urban wildlife habitat. We will see how she has addressed common urban challenges such as erosion with rain gardens, ground covers and dry rock channels; lawn replaced with medium to tall meadow grasses and wildflowers; and eradication of common urban invasive plants like English Ivy, privet and bamboo. As Carrie says, “we’ve had a lot fewer mosquitos since we got rid of the English Ivy.” She has also used Green and Gold as an effective ground cover in many places to mitigate erosion issues during heavy rains.

Carrie’s Meadow Garden Before and After


Carrie’s Woodland Garden Before and After

Her gardens include a waterfall for birds and wildlife, fall blooming asters and goldenrods, pollinator magnets such as mint. Carrie’s gardens are a Certified Wildlife Habitat (NC Wildlife Federation), Rotary Butterfly Garden and Official Pollinator Garden (Xerces Society).

Event Details:
Location: 5242 Auburndale Dr, Charlotte (off of Sharon Amity) Park on one side of street only. Also park on side street Tamerlane and Acorn St.
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM—Guided tour at 2:30, gardens will also offer signage for self guided tours
Bring: Bug spray, sturdy shoes, camera. Plant list will be provided
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Friday, April 28, 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 April 28-30, 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, we will gather again the DUMC at 6:00 for a catered dinner, 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 scholarships through our Shinn Grants program. 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 now and look for the finalized details which will appear in the Fall Newsletter.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Flat Laurel Creek Trail

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

PLEASE NOTE HIKE CHANGE!
I did not realize earlier in the spring when I planned this hike that I picked one of the most popular hiking areas on a popular hiking weekend (Labor Day). Even when I went to scout the trail several weekends ago it was almost impossible to find parking. Therefore, I am changing the date to Sept. the 10. Also to facilitate time and increase our chances of finding parking we will meet at 9:00 at the Cold Mountain Overlook milepost 412, where US 276 crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will carpool from there to the hiking area parking lot.
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. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

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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