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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fall Wildflower Hike at Laurel Hill Preserve, Gaston County

(2-4:30pm )
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

A Fall wildflower hike at the Laurel Hill, Catawba Lands Conservancy site with opportunities to see Bigleaf Magnolia in fruit (Magnolia macrophylla), Schweinitz’s sunflower (Helianthus schweinitzii), Hearts-a-bustin’ or Strawberry Bush in fruit (Euonymus americanus). ​Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, hat. Bring water and bug spray.

This is a NCNPS MEMBERS only  event.
Advance RSVP is required: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Date: Sept. 10, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:30
Location: Laurel HIll Preserve, Gaston County, Catawba Lands Conservancy Site

Parking and GPS details will follow.

Interested in learning about native plants and wildflowers? Follow our adventures Southern Piedmont NCNP on facebook and blog site Southern Piedmont NCNP

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Come see us at the Hummingbird Festival at Reedy Creek Park

(9:00 am - 3:00 )
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

We’ll be here - look for our NCNP tent, at one of our favorite events at Reedy Creek’s Hummingbird Festival this Saturday. We are bringing a variety of native plants for purchase. We love Coral Honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens and hummingbirds do too! This native honeysuckle, is a reliable, no-mess, no refills needed, eco-beneficial way to attract and feed Hummingbirds in your garden.

Stop by, bring your native plant questions, and say hello! Interested in native plants? find more info on native plants for our region: Southern Piedmont NCNP

Reedy Creek Park, Nature Center and Preserve
2900 Reedy Creek Road, Charlotte NC 28215

Celebrate the 10th anniversary Hummingbird Festival! Experience hummingbird banding from 9-11 am, hear speakers, play games, participate in cool science experiments, take part in nature hikes.
All Ages

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Who’s Attracted to Native Plants? Pollinator Diversity in a Suburban Yard presented by Ann Walter-Fromson

(7 p.m. (please come early to say hello))
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Ann Walter-Fromson by Paul Fromson)

(Bumble bee on purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, by Ann Walter-Fromson)
As someone who has gardened with native plants to benefit birds for the past decade, Ann Walter-Fromson recently turned her attention to the small creatures that visit the flowers of native plants in her yard. In spring and summer 2016 she completed a 16-week study of floral visitors and pollinators attracted to native plants. In this program Ann will describe the diversity of pollinators and other floral visitors that she observed on native plants. You will learn which native plants attracted the greatest variety of floral visitors and hear stories about some of the more colorful and intriguing pollinators and how they interact with native plants.

Please join us Wednesday, September 6th 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 fundraiser 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.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The NCNPS Fall Outing, Weekend of September 16th

(Saturday 9AM-4PM; Sunday Hikes 9AM and 1PM)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

For our Fall 2017 outing, the statewide society is pleased to partner with the Southeast Coast Chapter. On Saturday, September 16th, the 3rd Annual Native Plant Festival, sponsored by the Native Plant Alliance, will be held at New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington. On Sunday, September 17th, the North Carolina Native Plant Society has organized half-day hikes to nearby EV-Henwood Nature Preserve and the Green Swamp Preserve. All Saturday events are free and open to the general public and no registration is required. Sunday hikes will require registration via registration  (must log in or register as a guest) and a fee of $10.00 will entitle registrants to participate in both the morning and afternoon hikes.

The Native Plant Festival, 9 am until 4 pm, Saturday, September 16th.

All Saturday events will be held at the New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC. Festival events include native plant vendors, live music, games for children, Master Gardener consultations, a seed exchange, food vendors, and speakers on a variety of native plant topics. Saturday afternoon will feature a campus walk at nearby UNC Wilmington led by UNCW's Darin Penneys.

The NCNPS Fall Outing, Sunday, September 17th.

Sunday half-day hikes are scheduled for 9 am and 1:00 pm. Both the morning and afternoon hikes will originate and depart from the Walmart Supercenter, 1112 New Point Blvd, Leland. Hike participants will be encouraged to carpool from this location and hikes will return to this same location. There are several nearby options for lunch including McDonalds, Arbys, and Applebees.

        Ev-Henwood (pronounced "Heavenwood") is a 175-acre coastal forest preserve owned and managed by UNC Wilmington. The preserve has 7 miles of maintained trails through a diverse variety of hardwood and pine forest habitats. The site is located at 6150 Rock Creek Rd., Leland, NC.

        The Green Swamp Preserve, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, is a North Carolina botanical treasure and a prime example of a fire-managed Longleaf Pine savanna. The Green Swamp Preserve is accessed from Highway 211 and is about 30 miles from Leland.

        Two hotels in Leland have offered rates for this outing. Both are very close to the Walmart Supercenter:

        —the Holiday Inn Express, 1020 Grandiflora Drive, Leland, is offering king rooms for $99 plus tax through September 9th. Their phone number is 910-383-3300. 

        —The Best Western Plus, 1120 Towne Lake Drive, Leland is offering king rooms for $129 or king mini-suites or rooms with 2 queen beds for $139. Their phone number is 910-371-2858.

        For additional information of the Native Plant Festival and location and time details on the UNCW walk you may contact Charley Winterbauer, NPS Southeast Chapter Co-chair at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Will Stuart, Matthews, NC


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. 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



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