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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  NCWildflower.org 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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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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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










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