Statewide Events

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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.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Plant This (Natives), Not That with Lauri Lawson

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

Learn about native plant options for your landscape to replace non-native invasive plants and the benefits of choosing these native plants not only to beautify your property but also to work for wildlife. Lauri will review some commonly used non-native invasives and give suggestions as to natives that are good candidates to preserve the natural character of our Piedmont area as well as to preserve the complex interrelationships between natives plants and the butterflies, birds, and other creatures with which they have co-evolved.

(Recommended reading:  NATIVE ALTERNATIVES TO INVASIVE PLANTS, Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guides.)

Lauri is a naturalist and ecological garden designer in Chapel Hill, NC. As horticulturist with Niche Gardens, she spent 14 years growing, researching, and specializing in helping gardeners bring the beauty of nature into their own lives. She has been involved with the gardens at the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Chatham Marketplace Pollinator Garden, and Haw River Ballroom plantings. Lauri is one of the region’s most knowledgeable, inspiring, and beloved native plant ecologists and we hope you’ll join us for this extraordinary opportunity to hear from her in Greensboro.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Native Plant Habitat Certification Workshop Oct 8

(2-4:00 pm Reedy Creek Nature Center )
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

The October meeting will help NCNPS members and native plant enthusiasts in a HOW TO CERTIFY session for your NATIVE PLANT HABITAT property. Dr. Larry Mellichamp will lead NCNPS members interested in learning about the Native Plant Garden Certification application process. He will cover common Piedmont garden plants, assist with ID, and make suggestions to complete your application, which should be simple for native plant gardening enthusiasts.

Good-to-Know TIPS:

    Print out the certification form (click here to download the pdf application)) and begin your process for filling it out. Bring along to the October 8 meeting.

      Bring your questions on plant identification….photos, specimens (twigs with several leaves, flowers, fruits etc.) to the meeting.

        Looking to add to your native plantings? The upcoming UNCC Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale is October 13-14, 9A-3P

          Already Certified HABITAT Members: Please bring & share your garden photos! either printed or on a thumb drive.

          Meeting Location:
          Reedy Creek Nature Center
          2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215
          Date & Time:
          Sunday, October 8, 2-4PM
          Free. Open to the public.
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          Wednesday, October 11, 2017

          Grandfather Mountain: Beyond the Bridge

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

          The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to attend the October 11th meeting in Boone. Our program this month will be “Grandfather Mountain: Beyond the Bridge” presented by Sue McBean, Superintendent of Grandfather Mountain State Park, and Amy Renfranz, Director of Education and Natural Resources for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. When one thinks about Grandfather Mountain, the first image to come to mind is often the Mile-High Swinging Bridge. But there is so much more to explore. Come join us to discover what lies beyond the bridge!

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          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.

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          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

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          2017 Calendar

          Board Meeting dates:

          March 11, 2017 - Iredell Co. Library, Statesville
          June 24, 2017 - Duke Garden, Durham
          September 9, 2017 - Concord Public Library, Concord, NC
          December 9, 2017 - Iredell Co. Library, Statesville

          Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM - Meeting Places TBD

          Chapter Meetings and Events

          Find details on chapter homepages.

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