Blue Ridge Chapter

Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke, and Avery Counties

Monthly Meetings

The Blue Ridge Chapter is based in Boone, NC.

Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Holiday Inn Express Boone, 1943 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607, adjacent to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. We have a program at each meeting, which could entail either a formal talk or workshops or anything in between. Meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend and we look forward to sharing our love for the native plants of North Carolina. The meeting room will open at 6:30 PM with the meeting running from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Upcoming meetings and programs:

January 8, 2020: 5th Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap (postponed from December)

If you have ideas for programs or would like to present to our group of native plant enthusiasts, please contact us!

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

5th Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap - postponed to January

(7 - 9 PM)

Our holiday/seed swap meeting has been postponed to January 8, 2020, in accordance with our winter weather policy. Watauga County schools are closed on Dec. 11 for wintry road conditions in some parts of the county.

The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to our 2019 Holiday Party and Seed Swap rescheduled for Wed., Jan. 8, at the Holiday Inn Express on Blowing Rock Road in Boone! This meeting will have a potluck dinner so please plan on bringing a dish to share. After dinner, we will conduct our annual Native Plant Seed Swap. Please watch the weather - if schools are closed on the day of our meeting due to wintry conditions, it will be postponed.

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Past Programs

Dec. 11, 2019: Meeting postponed to January due to adverse weather
Nov. 13, 2019: "Plant Conservation in NC" presented by Gary Walker
Oct. 9, 2019: "Plant Conservation Genetics in the Southern Appalachians" presented by Matt Estep
Sep. 11, 2019: Native shrubs for High Country landscapes presented by Shelby Jackson
Aug. 14, 2019: Ethnobotany of the "Little Brother of War", Plants of the Cherokee Stickball Game presented by David Cozzo
July 10, 2019: Daniel Boone Native Gardens Tour (outdoors at the Gardens)
June 12, 2019: "A Naturalist Buys a Farm" presented by Bill Dunson
May 8, 2019: "Boone in Bloom at the Appalachian State University Nature Preserve" wildflower walk with Annkatrin Rose (outdoors)
Apr. 10, 2019: "Trilliums: Keen Field Observation — 99% of Successful Trillium Culture" presented by Mark Rose
Mar. 13, 2019: "Transforming your Yard into a Wildlife Habitat" presented by Debbie Shetterly
Feb. 13, 2019: "Newt Kash Rock Shelter, Red River Gorge, Kentucky: The Role of Plants" presented by Cheryl Claassen
Jan. 9, 2019: 4th Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap (repeat from December)
Dec. 12, 2018: Meeting postponed to January due to adverse weather
Nov. 14, 2018: "Genetic Diversity and Conservatino of Geum radiatum (Spreading Avens)" presented by Matt Estep
Oct. 10, 2018: "Lichens: Biodiversity and Ecology in the Appalachian Mountains" presented by Coleman McCleneghan
Sep. 12, 2018: "Beneficial insects to control pests in Christmas trees" presented by Paige Patterson
Aug. 8, 2018: "Re-Flowering Along the Blue Ridge Parkway" presented by Bob Cherry
July 11, 2018: Daniel Boone Native Gardens Tour (outdoors at the Gardens)
June 13, 2018: "Fern Identification" presented by Tracie Jeffries
May 9, 2018: "Is there hope for NC's native hemlocks?" presented by Sara deFosset
April 11, 2018: "Favorite Native Plants at Elk Knob State Park" presented by Brandy Belville
March 14, 2018: Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather
Feb. 14, 2018: "The Fungimentals of Kingdom Fungi" presented by Julie Mullis
Jan. 10, 2018: 3rd Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap (repeat from December)
Dec. 13, 2017: Meeting postponed to January due to adverse weather
Nov. 8, 2017: "Introduction to our Native Bees" presented by Nancy Adamson
Oct. 11, 2017: "Grandfather Mountain: Beyond the Bridge" presented by Susan McBean and Amy Renfranz
Sep. 13, 2017: "Native Grasses, Sedges and Rushes in the Landscape" presented by Bob Oelberg and Katherine Shoffner
Aug. 9, 2017: "Gardening for Butterflies" presented by Annkatrin Rose
Jul. 12, 2017: "The Flora and Fauna of the Blue Ridge Parkway" presented by Bob Cantu
Jun. 14, 2017: Introduction to BRWIA and Seed Libraries by Judith Phoenix, Debbie Bauer, and Julia Showalter
May 10, 2017: "Bird-Friendly Gardening: Your Yard Matters!" presented by Kim Brand
Apr. 12, 2017: "Garden-worthy Native Perennials and Ferns" presentation and plant sale by John Neal
Mar. 8, 2017: "Saving the Earth One Plant at a Time" presented by Bill Jones
Feb. 8, 2017: "The Middle Fork Greenway" presented by Wendy Patoprsty
Jan. 11, 2017: Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather
Dec. 14, 2016: 2nd Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap
Nov. 9, 2016: "Bog Gardening with Native Carnivorous Plants" presented by Larry Mellichamp
Oct. 12, 2016: Introduction to Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA by Phyllis Stiles
Sep. 14, 2016: "The Natural History and Science of Fall Colors" presented by Howard Neufeld
Aug. 10, 2016: "Native Lilies of the Eastern US" presented by Mark Rose
Jul. 13, 2016: "Hands on plant identification for everyone" workshop with Andrew Jenkins
Jun. 8, 2016: "A History of the Early Botanical Explorations of the Southern Appalachians" presented by Gary Walker
May 11, 2016: "Plant-Pollinator Interactions in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Beyond" presented by Tim Spira
Apr. 13, 2016: "From Theory Street to Our Street: Bringing Native Landscapes into the Mainstream" presented by Bob Oelberg
Mar. 9, 2016: "Native Plants for Soggy Soils: Protecting our Mountain Water Resources" presented by Wendy Patoprsty
Feb. 10, 2016: Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather
Jan. 13, 2016: "The current "buzz" on bees: Declines, conservation efforts, and predicting their fates under climate change" presented by Jennifer Geib
Dec. 9, 2015: 1st Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap
Nov. 11, 2015: "Asters: Identification Tips for a Difficult Group of Plants" presented by Andrew Jenkins
Oct. 14, 2015: "The Bee Aware Campaign" presented by Kate Fitzgerald
Sep. 9, 2015: "Growing Native: Starting Wildflowers from Seeds" presented by Annkatrin Rose
Aug. 12, 2015: "Milkweeds of the Carolinas" presented by Mark Rose
Jul. 8, 2015: Repotting Milkweed Seedlings - hands-on workshop with Mark Rose
Jun. 10, 2015: "The Aliens Have Landed and They Keep Invading: High Country Invasive Plants" presented by Wendy Patoprsty
May 13, 2015: "Using Natives and Selections of Natives to Add Multi-Season Interest to the Landscape" presented by Paige Patterson
Apr. 8, 2015: "North Carolina Native Plants: Three Seasons of Blooms" presented by Mark Rose (inaugural meeting of the new Blue Ridge Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society)

Chapter Activities

The Blue Ridge Chapter occasionally organizes hikes and plant rescues in the High Country. In 2017, we hosted the Annual Spring Outing in Boone. Follow us on Facebook or join our YahooGroup to receive updates on meetings, hikes and rescues. To be placed on our email list, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or sign up online.

We currently have several active projects for those interested in volunteering. Contact us if you would like to help!

Hardin Park Elementary School Native Plant Garden
We received a grant from the B. W. Wells Stewardship Fund to match funds provided by the National Audubon Society's Coleman and Susan Burke Center for Native Plants to assist with the creation of a pilot native plant garden at Hardin Park Elementary School in Boone. The goals of this collaborative project are to educate the next generation about the importance of native landscaping and provide habitat for birds and pollinators. The school is planning a curriculum centered around native plants. The garden is in the process of being installed. Help is needed for caring for the plants through the summer until a garden club is established to take over permanent care.

Hardin Road Plant Rescues & Daniel Boone Native Gardens
We have permission to rescue plants ahead of the Hardin Road paving work being done. Help is needed for digging plants along designated sections of Hardin Road, and then planting them at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. You are welcome to take plants home - we ask that for every 2 plants you dig, you give one to the Gardens. There are a lot of spring ephemerals to be rescued in that area. Please join our mailing list or get in touch with us if you would like to help out.

Blog and Special Notes

We have had a change of leadership at the beginning of 2018. Mark Rose, who started the Blue Ridge Chapter in 2015, stepped down as chair, and Annkatrin Rose (no relation - just happen to have the same last name) took over. Mark will stay involved as our door prize coordinator. We would all like to thank him for bringing us together and getting the ball rolling in the Boone area! As a memento and expression of our appreciation, we presented him with a picture of a Painted Trillium taken by Annkatrin at the last Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend. Thanks Mark!

Mark and Annkatrin(Image credit: Debbie Shetterly)

Picture Albums

Greenway Trail Invasive Plant Removal (October 12, 2017)
Profile Trail Plant Rescue (March 17, 2016)
Cold Prong Pond Hike (April 16, 2016)
Boone United Trail Hike (February 18, 2017)

Chapter Contact(s)

Blue Ridge chapter contact information

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