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Latta Prairie

Sponsored by the Southern Piedmont Sunday, October 09, 2016


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The Medicine Wheel Garden

Sponsored by the Southern Piedmont Sunday, February 08, 2015

The Southern Piedmont Chapter had another great turnout for our February meeting at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. The native plant Medicine Wheel Garden at Reedy Creek will be an ongoing project for our chapter, as we work together with staff at the preserve to create what we hope will be a beautiful and educational public space. The meeting was an opportunity to learn more about the medicine wheel concept and to find out ways to help get the garden underway.


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The Herbarium at Reedy Creek Nature Center

Sponsored by the Southern Piedmont Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Southern Piedmont Chapter’s January 2015 meeting was in the herbarium at the Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies in the Reedy Creek Nature Center. The group was so large that we barely fit in the room! Herbarium curator Catherine Luckenbaugh talked to us about the way plants are collected and curated, how specimens are prepared for inclusion in the herbarium, and why herbariums are important. We heard about some of the collectors who have been contributors to the herbarium’s 48,000 specimen collection—several are currently NCNPS members! A special thank you to Catherine for such an interesting and informative meeting!


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Mellichamp Native Terrace

Sponsored by the Southern Piedmont Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Southern Piedmont Chapter got a preview of the new Mellichamp Native Terrace at UNC Charlotte on Sunday. Fortunately the weather decided to cooperate! Ed Davis, landscape architect for the project, gave the tour. The garden’s grand opening will be in Spring 2015.


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Pink Lady’s-slippers with the Davidson Lands Conservancy

Sponsored by the Southern Piedmont Sunday, May 04, 2014

Wildflower fans from the Southern Piedmont Chapter gathered to see the incredible display of Pink Lady’s-slipper orchids at a Conservancy property in the Piedmont. There were hundreds of orchids and some other cool finds, besides.


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McDowell Prairie Restoration Site

Sponsored by the Southern Piedmont Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nature walk through the McDowell Nature Preserve Praire Restoration site, led by Carrie DeJaco.


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Haw River - Southwest of US 64 Bridge

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Monday, November 05, 2012


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Flower Hill Nature Preserve - 2013

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, May 05, 2013

In 2013 we finally made it to Triangle Land Conservancy’s Flower Hill Nature Preserve when the Rhododendron catawbiense were in full bloom!  This 10 acre site in Johnston County is a disjunct mountain community,with a cool, sheltering environment friendly to Catawba rhododendron, galax and other flora more commonly found 200 miles west in the southern Appalachians. After B.W. Wells called it a ‘freak of nature’ it was listed in Mobil’s Travel Guide, and on May 4, 1937, more than 4,760 visitors descended on Flower Hill from throughout the state and as far away as New England. Luckily for us the crowds have dwindled since then, and the Rhodies are still putting on quite a show in early May at the top of the bluff above Moccasin Creek.


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Allen DeHart Botanical Garden

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, November 03, 2013

Dr. Allen DeHart generously guided our tour of the DeHart Botanical Garden off Route 410 near Louisburg.  Dr. DeHart created the garden and in his early nineties continues to direct its care and improvement. The garden is best known for its spring displays of azaleas, exotic and native, and other spring flowers, but it was perhaps more interesting to our group of native plants enthusiasts on a lovely fall day.  No bright magentas or pinks to distract us.


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Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Monday, February 03, 2014

February 2014 Field Trip led by Lena Gallitano of Wake Audubon


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Shaken Creek walk

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, June 03, 2012

Robert Thornhill led a field trip to the savanna at Shaken Creek.  The NC Natural Heritage Program calls it “the most biologically diverse savanna community site” on the east coast.  Robert is a master’s student in plant biology at NC State and 2011 winner of a NC Native Plant Society Shinn Grant Award for his work on the plants and soils of Shaken Creek Preserve.  Our dues and gifts go to support critical research such as this!


Many thanks to Robert for sharing his expertise and enthusiasm for this beautiful preserve.  Thanks also to The Nature Conservancy for arranging the walk and for their critical role in preserving North Carolina’s best habitats.

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Ev-Henwood walk

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Southeast Coast Chapter returned to Ev-Henwood Preserve to see the Stewartias in bloom.


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Holly Shelter butterfly/host plant walk with Jeff Pippen

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jeff Pippen of Duke University lead an outing to Holly Shelter Game Land, focusing on butterflies and their host plants.  Species seen included the Palamedes Swallowtail, Pearl Crescents, Frosted Elfin, Northern and Southern Cloudywings, Clouded and Dusted Skippers, and Reversed Roadside-Skippers.


Our thanks to Jeff, extraordinary naturalist and teacher, who drew people from up and down the coast and as far west as the triangle to find rare butterflies among the rich native plants of Holly Shelter.  It was a strong reminder that our butterflies depend on healthy and viable native plant habitat.

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Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve Outing with Paul Somers

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, March 25, 2012

Retired botanist Paul Somers led an outing to Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve and the surrounding area.
Thanks to Lara for her photographs!


Our thanks to Paul for sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of plants (and he is new to the Southeast coast!) both as a leader for this walk and as a participant on other walks this past year.  We are so glad to have him as part of the chapter.

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Green Swamp Field Trip with Roger Shew: a Geology Lesson

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, February 26, 2012

Roger Shew of UNCW led a field trip to Green Swamp focusing on the relationship between the underlying geology, plant distributions and the influence of human activity based on natural resources extraction.


Our thanks to Roger for his superb program.  We have visited Green Swamp at different times of year and to see various species but his larger focus on geology “grounded” our thoughts about this unique place in a significantly new way!

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Abbey Nature Preserve winter identification walk

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, January 15, 2012

Charlotte Glen, Pender Co. Agriculture Agent in Horticulture, led a winter identification walk to Abbey Nature Preserve, one of the few examples of Coastal Fringe Forest habitat open to the public.  To learn more about the habitat types on the coast, Charlotte recommended The Nature of North Carolina’s Southern Coast by Dirk Frankenberg.  For more in-depth information, she suggested googling Classifications of Natural Communities in North Carolina. which can be read online.


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Holly Shelter Greentree Impoundment walk

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, November 20, 2011

Alistair Glen of Growing Wild Nursery led a field trip at the Greentree Impoundment of Holly Shelter Game Lands.  Beginning with the Shrub Oak Sandhill habitat along Shaw Hwy, we traversed Wet Pine Flatwoods/Pond Pine Woodland, Bottomland Forest and Levee Forest for a superb lesson in the dependence of native plants on specific habitats.


Thanks to Alistair for his teaching skills and knowledge of native plants!  We learned from him why native plants are well worth seeking out in the late fall.

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Shelton Herb Farm Trip

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, October 09, 2011

Margaret Shelton led a walk through land that has been in her family for generations and is the site of her nursery, Shelton Herb Farm, where she sells herbs and native plants.


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Carolina Beach State Park

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dr. Paul Hosier, Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at UNC-Wilmington, led a walk through the maritime forest, salt shrub habitat and the salt and freshwater marshes of Carolina Beach State Park.  Our thanks for his superb teaching abilities!


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2011 Conservation Garden Tour

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Saturday, May 14, 2011

The 2011 Conservation Garden Tour sponsored by the NCNPS Reid/Triangle Chapter and Triangle Land Conservancy featured gardens in Durham.


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Wake Forest Wildflower Walk

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hugh Nourse led this field trip to a powerline corridor near the Wake Forest reservoir where he has found a wide variety of unusual wildflowers.


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Propagation Workshop with Alistair Glen

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, June 05, 2011

Alistair Glen, owner of Growing Wild Nursery, demonstrates how to propagate native plants from seeds, cuttings and divisions.  Photos are by Valerie Robertson, publisher of Cape Fear’s Going Green.


Many thanks to Alistair for sharing his techniques.

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Green Swamp and Boiling Spring Lakes

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Saturday, May 21, 2011

David McAdoo led this field trip for our chapter and the Triangle Orchid Society.


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Shaken Creek Preserve

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Monday, April 11, 2011

A highly diverse natural community in the Onslow Bight, managed by the Nature Conservancy; here you will find 4 of the 5 types of pine savanna, blackwater creeks and pocosins.


Thanks to Sara Babin and Angie Carl of The Nature Conservancy for guiding us through this unique habitat!
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Southeastern Community College and Lake Waccamaw

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, March 27, 2011

What a day! First we started off on the campus of SCC in Whiteville to tour the micro-propagation facility headed by Rebecca Westbrooks (what a treat!), then it was off to Lake Waccamaw for a lecture on invasive species given by Randy Westbrooks, and then a walk along the boardwalk at Lake Waccamaw with Ranger Chris Helms.


Thanks to everyone who made this trip possible—Special thanks to Rebecca and Randy Westbrooks for sharing their contributions to the Whiteville area and beyond and informing us about the management of invasive species! For more info see Southeast Exotic Pest-Plant Council.
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Airlie Gardens

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, February 20, 2011

Enter the curious world of insects and plants with Matt Collogan, environmental educator program manager for Airlie Gardens


Thanks Matt!  for sharing your wealth of knowledge about living networks—from the network of mycelial mats below our feet to the ecological network of goldenrods.
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Holly Shelter Game Land

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, November 07, 2010

A walk (and drive) through the Longleaf Pine Savanna and pocosin habitat of Holly Shelter with Andy Wood of Audubon NC


A special thank you goes to Andy Wood for finding the blue gentians in a sea of wiregrass and sharing with us the natural beauty that is Holly Shelter.

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Forty Acre Rock

Sponsored by the Saturday, March 27, 2010

The NC Native Plant Society, SC Native Plant Society and The Museum of York County teamed up for this trip to this 2000+ acre nature preserve just south of Charlotte which features several unique and/or unusual plant communities.  The most notable of these are those that occur on the vast granite flatrock known as 40 Acre Rock.  Located in an area where the sandhills meet the piedmont, the surrounding woodlands contain plants from both regions as well as those most often seen in the mountain region.  Dr. George Sawyer who has visited the site every year since 1964 gave us some geological, botanical and biker history of the preserve.  Dr. Sawyer and Dr. Larry Mellichamp (UNCC Botanical Gardens) shepherded us through the many botanical treasures that occur there.


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Latta Prairie Seed Collecting Trip

Sponsored by the Monday, October 11, 2010

Seed collecting time on the prairie.  Gary Marshall from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation led us through the process of collecting seed for the county’s prairie restoration program.


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Bald Head Island

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dr. Paul Hosier leads the group at Bald Head Island


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The Green Swamp and Boiling Spring Lakes

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Saturday, August 14, 2010

a walk through the longleaf pine savanna and pocosin of the Green Swamp followed by a walk around Boiling Spring Lakes


on that note I’ll leave you until next time…THANK YOU to David McAdoo for being our fearless leader through the Green Swamp and Boiling Spring Lakes and introducing us to the beautiful native orchids of Brunswick County!

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Fort Fisher

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, July 11, 2010


Thanks to Melanie for sharing with us yet another treasure of the North Carolina coast!

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Poplar Grove

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, June 13, 2010


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Ev-Henwood Preserve

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, May 16, 2010

UNCW’s Ev-Henwood Preserve


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Carolina Beach State Park

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, April 25, 2010

A spring walk through a pine savanna/pocosin ecotone along the Venus Fly Trap Trail at Carolina Beach State Park


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Halyburton Park walk March 2010

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast Sunday, March 28, 2010

First meeting and walk of the SE Coast Chapter


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Local Lichens

Sponsored by the NC Native Plant Society

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A collection of representative lichens from the Triangle area.


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Trip to Catsburg Bluffs (Willie Duke Bluffs)

Sponsored by the NC Native Plant Society

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Alice Zawadzki, Ulana Stuart and Terry Leigh Britton revisited Catsburg Bluffs *(Willie P. Duke Bluff) off Hamlin Rd. by the Eno River and found some spectacular flowers for early April. There was an abundance of trout lilies of the americanum variety, along with pussy-toes, bluets, and many others!


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Lake Waccamaw & Myrtle Head Savannah

Sponsored by the NC Native Plant Society

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The annual fall trip this year was to Lake Waccamaw & Myrtle Head Savannah in Columbus County, NC


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Tater Hill Trip

Sponsored by the Triad Saturday, August 02, 2008


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Prairie Ridge

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chapter members were treated to a tour of the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Prairie Ridge site in Raleigh.  Kim Smart and Jesse Perry showed us the “green” outdoor classroom, the developing display garden with two rain garden features, the loop through the tall grasses and the new NC Native Tree Arboretum.


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Harrelson Tract Workday

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, September 07, 2008

Margaret Reid Chapter members went out with Rob Evans of the Plant Conservation Program and cleared undesirables along the roadside at the Harrelson Tract which is across the road from Penny’s Bend in Durham county.


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Walk in Regency Park Area, Cary

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Margaret Reid Chapter took a walk in the Regency Park area of Cary that is adjacent to Hwy #1 and the Cary Amphitheater. The area is slated for residential and office development but is currently used by walkers and mountain bikers. It is in the western end of the bluffs area that runs along Swift Creek and is home to a wide variety of wildflowers.

We saw the first Dog Tooth Lily bloom (looked like Erythronium umbilicatum), 4.2 bazillion Christmas ferns (Polystichum acrostichoides), 3.1 bazillion Hexastalis aerifolia, Heuchera americana, and others.


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Winter Walk to Mason’s Farm

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, January 16, 2005

Mason Farm Biological Reserve is a 367-acre natural area that is under the care of the NC Botanical Garden. It features old fields and old forests.


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Juniper Springs

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, November 06, 2005

27 native plant enthusiasts attended our November 6, 2005 field trip to Juniper Springs.


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Penny’s Bend and Harrelson Tract

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Sunday, October 02, 2005


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Green Swamp

Sponsored by the Triad Saturday, May 21, 2005

The Triad Chapter sponsored a trip to the Green Swamp in Southeast NC. The weather was cool for this time of year but spirits were undaunted. Several folks from the Native Orchid Society joined us for the walk.


Thanks to Tom Harville and David McAdoo for the photos!

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Hemlock Bluffs

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid Monday, March 21, 2005

Members of the Margaret Reid Chapter made their Spring trip to Hemlock Bluffs in Cary.


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