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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

3rd Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap

(7-9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

Mark your calendars and start collecting and saving your native plant seeds! The 2017 Holiday Party and Seed Swap for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society will be on Wed., Dec. 13, at the Holiday Inn Express on Blowing Rock Road in Boone.

This meeting will have a potluck dinner so please plan on bringing a dish to share. After dinner, we will conduct our annual Native Plant Seed Swap. If you don’t have seeds to share, you can also bring plants, books or anything native plant related to participate in the swap. Please stick with plants and seeds native to the area and label your seed packages with scientific and common name if you can. Bring photos of the plants if you are not sure and we may be able to help with identification.

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, 1943 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, and starts at 7 PM, but the room will be open around 6:30 if you would like to come early and chat with other native plant enthusiasts.

Friday, October 13, 2017

NCNPS Demonstration Garden at State Fair Oct 13 - 22

(October 13 - 22, 9 AM - 5 PM)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Created in 2006, the Triangle Chapter has been educating Fair goers every year.

We could use more volunteers. Sign up is at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48adaf2fa13-2017

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Common Native Bees

(7-9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter


The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to attend the November 8th meeting in Boone. Our program this month will be “Common Native Bees” presented by Nancy Adamson. Join us to learn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat. In North Carolina, we have about 500 native species and a few introduced species in addition to the European honey bee.  Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. Nancy’s program will highlight nesting habits to help you in supporting these diverse native pollinators.  You can view some of her video and photo montages highlighting native plants and their inhabitants at https://www.youtube.com/user/MelittologyNancy.

Speaker Bio - Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD

Ecologist Nancy Adamson works with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Greensboro, NC.  She promotes habitat restoration that benefits pollinators and other beneficial insects on farm lands and in community and home landscapes. She loves sharing her passion for native plants and all the wildlife they support. She studied native bees, native plants, and native grasses for ecological restoration. To learn more about pollinator conservation through planting habitat, minimizing pesticide use, and sharing awareness of the importance of native bees, visit www.xerces.org, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 336-370-3443.

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Express on Blowing Rock Road in Boone and starts at 7 PM, but the room will be open around 6:30 if you would like to come early and chat with other native plant enthusiasts.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Welcome to the Piedmont: Creating a Garden of Roadside Wildflowers with Chris Liloia

(7 p.m. (welcome early to chat))
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


Chris Liloia at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, by Johnny Randall.



Piedmont habitat garden at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, by Chris Liloia.


We tend to think of the piedmont as a forested landscape, but historically, open glades and prairies were more common. These days, piedmont plants that need a lot of sun persist primarily along roadsides and right-of-ways. When the North Carolina Botanical Garden constructed our relatively new Education Center we had the opportunity to expand the garden’s collections around the new buildings and into the newly closed road that once divided the site. The corridor was converted into a series of beds that represent different aspects of piedmont flora. The open sunny tract presented the opportunity to highlight sun-loving plants of the piedmont.
Chris will talk about the creation of this new garden, from road bed to habitat, and hit on issues such as conservation and the benefits of creating a garden based on your local flora. She’ll also talk about the plants and the fun of experimenting with some familiar and many new perennials and grasses.
Chris Liloia is the Habitat Gardens Curator at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a conservation garden in Chapel Hill. She is responsible for the care of the habitat gardens and other plant collections at NCBG and helped design and create a new piedmont habitat there. The gardens she tends represent plant communities of the southeastern United States, and display rare and common species in a naturalistic setting. She carries out controlled burns in the habitats to simulate a natural fire regime.
Prior to joining the NCBG staff in 2000, she worked in ecological restoration in NJ and in south Florida. She earned her B.S. in Natural Resource Management, Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University.

Please join us Wednesday, November 1st 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!

Attendees 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 fundraisers at the spring and fall outings, or our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July.


Sumac and Silphium in the Piedmont habitat garden at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, by Chris Liloia.



Piedmont habitat garden at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, by Chris Liloia.


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