Statewide Events

(See the Events by Other Groups page for even more events.)

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.

Read More!

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.

Read More!

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.

Read More!

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.

Read More!

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.

Read More!

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!

Read More!

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.

Read More!

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.

Read More!

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!

Read More!

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.

Read More!

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.”

Read More!

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

Read More!

2017 Calendar

Board Meeting dates:

March 11, 2017 - Iredell Co. Library, Statesville
June 24, 2017 - Duke Garden, Durham
August 26, 2017 - UNCC Greenhouse, Charlotte
November 11, 2017 - Emily Allen Preserve, Greensboro

    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.

back to top