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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Big Ivy Hike

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

The hike to Douglas Falls is a moderate 2.5 mile roundtrip hike. On the way back out we will stop at several sites along the forest service road and botanize. We did this hike last year in July and everyone expressed an interest to revisit the site in spring. We should be finished by 3:00. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.

We will meet at 9:00 at Lowes Hardware, 24 Northridge Commons Pkwy, Weaverville, NC 28787. Please park on the side of the building facing Interstate 26 and look for the NCNPS sign. We will carpool from there to the Douglas Falls parking area.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Biology of Bryophytes (Mosses, Liverworts, & Hornworts) with Dr. Jonathan Shaw

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

Jonathan Shaw (fourth from the left) at the Green Swamp with students from Duke’s Graduate Liberal Studies program

Clockwise from top left (by Jonathan Shaw): the liverwort, Frullania; a microscopic view of another liverwort, Cololejeunia, illustrating that these plants are also beautiful at that microscopic level; the moss, Helodium, from southern Alaska; and peat moss (Sphagnum), Dr. Shaw’s current research focus—this is Sphagnum warnstorfii, a species that is usually brilliant red.

Please join Dr. Jonathan Shaw for an overview of the biology of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, hornworts) including their life cycles and how one distinguishes between these three groups of plants.  He’ll also talk about the ecology of bryophytes in North Carolina and more broadly.  As his current research interests center on the peatmosses (Sphagnum), which are arguably among the most ecologically important groups of plants on earth, he will tell us something about their biology, ecology, and the basis for making such a bold claim about their importance.  They also happen to be among the most beautiful plants on earth, which he will also prove to us through some photographs.

Jonathan Shaw is currently Professor of Biology at Duke University, where he has been teaching for 21 years.  Before that he taught at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York.  He did his Bachelors degree at Cornell University, his Masters at the University of Alberta, and his Doctorate at the University of Michigan.  He has worked on a variety of research projects over the years, all centered on moss ecology and evolution.  His current research is focused on peatmosses, taking him to a lot of interesting and beautiful places to collect these plants.

Please join us Wednesday, May 3rd 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!

Members often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for the annual fundraiser that is part of our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Conference in July.

Friday, May 05, 2017

The Art and Ecology of Native Plants Drawing the Natural Connections

Event Sponsor: Special Recommendations

Audubon Society - two-day workshop scheduled for May 5 – 7 at the Pine Island Audubon Center in Corolla, NC. Participants will learn how field sketching can enhance their understanding of plants and ecosystems, and improve their skills in plant identification. Art and Ecology

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Wednesday Wildflower Walk with Ann Walter-Fromson, Knight Brown Preserve (postponed from April 26 until May 3)

(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 (postponed until May 3) - 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.

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!


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:

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.

Link to online Registration (preferred)

Link to paper registration
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!!!

Leave a Comment / Read Other People's Comments

<< Back to Schedule page

Chapter Meetings and Events

Find details on chapter homepages.