Event Details

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Habitat Gardens: Landscaping with Native Plants presented by Dale Batchelor

(1-4 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Water garden with native lotus and waterlilies designed and installed by Dale Batchelor and John Thomas

Curb garden designed and installed by Dale Batchelor and John Thomas

Dale Batchelor with John L. Thomas (photo by Jayne Walther)

This three hour interactive workshop will cover fundamentals for creating residential landscapes with a focus on native plants.  Discussion will include strategies for creating landscapes that are maintainable for the homeowner, as well as beneficial for insects, birds, and other wildlife.

Dale is the owner of Gardener by Nature, which offers customized gardening services emphasizing native plants and sustainable landscape practices.  Dale has a certificate in Native Plant Studies from the NC Botanical Garden and more than 13 years experience creating and maintaining residential gardens. “When designing, I believe it’s very important to consider not only a site’s physical characteristics, but also the existing and surrounding plant and animal communities.  For me, a garden is truly alive when it becomes a healthy, functioning ecosystem.  I especially enjoy working with individuals and families who want to reconnect with nature and feel strongly that engaging children with the natural world is important both for their own development and the future of our planet.”

Please join us Saturday, August 26th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923. Event is free, but registration required with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) due to limited seating. Of course we hope you’ll be inspired to join the NCNPS and support efforts to plant more natives and to protect wildlife habitat!

Garden designed and installed by Dale Batchelor and John Thomas

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Laurel River Trail, Hot Springs Area

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

This is an easy 3.6 mile hike one way along the Big Laurel River. It would be a 7 mile roundtrip but we can turn around at any point depending on the weather and the group.  We will meet at 9:00 at the trail head parking area. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks

Directions from Asheville
From I-240 in the downtown area, take exit 4A onto Highway I-26W and U.S. 19/23 North toward Weaverville. Go 8.5 miles until you see a sign that says Hot Springs 2nd right (U.S. Highway 25/70). Take the US 25 Bypass/US 70 ramp, merging onto US 25/US 70 heading toward Hot Springs. Trail parking is located at the intersection of SR 208 and US 25/US 70. The trail begins past the gate at the south end of the parking area.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Rattlesnake Lodge Trail Hike

(9 AM - 2 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Rattlesnake Lodge
The hike is an easy to moderate hike, out and back, for a total of 3 miles. We will follow part of the Mountains to the Sea trail to the remains of Rattlesnake Lodge. We will explore the flora and remains of the old home place. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.

We will meet at 9:00 at the trailhead. From Asheville take the Blue Ridge Parkway to MP 375.2 at Bull Gap. Turn left at the brown Weaverville/Vance Birthplace sign. After 0.2 mile, at the T, turn right on Ox Creek Road. Drive 0.7 mile to the trailhead, second parking area on the right. We should be finished by 2:00.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pink Bed Loop Hike

(9 AM - 3 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Pink Bed Loop
This is a 5.5 mile loop rated moderate with some uphill in areas. We will meet in the parking area at 9:00. Depending on the predicted heat and humidity we can opt for the full loop or half a loop. There will be plenty of flowers but this loop is also known for spectacular fern displays. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.

We will meet at 9:00 in the parking lot of the Brevard BI-LO (Pisgah National Forest, 41 Forest Gate Dr, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768). Look for my brown Subaru and a NCNP sign. We will car pool from there.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mt. Mitchell State Park Hike

(9 AM - 3 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Mt. Mitchell State Park
This is a 4 mile strenuous loop hike that will take us up to the summit and back down again to the park office. Depending on the weather the hike can be modified. After the hike we can visit the restaurant for refreshments and then head home. We should be finished with the hike by 3:00. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks. Hopefully we will see Platanthera psycodes (Small Purple Fringed orchid) in bloom along with many other flowers.

Directions: We will meet at 9:00 at the Ridge Junction Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the entrance to the park. Depending on how many people show up we can carpool to the park office where we will start the hike.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Craggy Gardens Hike

(9 AM - 1 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Craggy Gardens
We will do two short hikes. The first will start at the visitor center. According to the Hike WNC website the hike is an easy 1.5 mile hike through a high-elevation Northern Hardwood forest to a Heath Bald, and finally into a Grassy Summit. We will return to the center for restrooms and then drive a short distance to the parking area for second hike.  The second hike is a 1.4-mile roundtrip hike to the top of the 5,892-foot summit Craggy Pinnacle at Craggy Gardens. At the top is a spectacular 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.

We will meet at 9:00 at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. From Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway north 18 miles past the Folk Art Center. Pass the road to the picnic area, and after about three miles, park at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

2017 Picnic and Annual Meeting

Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

June 3, 2017 Picnic and Annual Meeting 10 AM - 3 PM
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.

Lisa Tompkins will present a program at 10 AM about planting in communities.

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!


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:

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