Charlotte and surrounding counties
At right: Larry Mellichamp with Southern Piedmont Chapter at NC Gamelands, May 2016 pointing out pitcher plants.
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Meetings held 2nd Sunday each month, 2:00 PM Unless noted
No meeting in July 2017
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Swamp Oak trees at the 9/11 Memorial NYC.
If you are wondering what’s eating our native trees and plants, please join us at our January 13, 2019 presentation with Dr. Don Booth, Entomologist, formerly of Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory, Charlotte NC. Here in the Southeast, we enjoy a high species richness which includes a diverse tree canopy covering the forest floor of native plant communities. Don will discuss the risks and impact of invasive diseases and insects that are affecting current environmental stability, and the changes we may anticipate. And provide an update on hotspots of the Southern Pine Beetle (SPB), Hemlock Wooley Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer.
Treaty Oak tree, Austin TX Our speaker Dr. Don Booth, works include managing the reforestation of the 9/11 Memorial urban trees at ground zero and saving the Treaty Oak Tree in Austin Tx., which is now producing acorns. Don authors scientific journals, books and speaks at national conferences. With author/wife Maggie Barker Booth, Don assisted with the book Treasure in the City all about the National Registry Trees in Charlotte.
Don is an active outdoorsman enjoying fishing (catch and release only), monitoring forest lands and wildlife, and providing expert advice on Charlotte’s urban trees.
Stay for the SEED SHARE!
We exchange native plant seeds, (moved from the stormed-out Dec meeting) and ALL are invited to partake-whether you bring or not, everyone adds to their native communities at the SEED SHARE.
Please Join Us. Open to the public. Free.
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte NC 28215
Past ProgramsEarth Day 2017 Celebrations with NCNPS volunteers at several locations in the Charlotte area are the perfect place to share native plant information with visitors. It was a great day to make seed bombs with our youngest environmentalists.
We need you! The Southern Piedmont Chapter has many active members, and we hope you will get involved and participate. What do we do?
- Speak to school, scout, HOA, faith, garden clubs and any other groups interested in learning about native plants. We can provide materials and powerpoint presentations.
- Volunteer to propagate seeds for distribution at area events.
- Volunteer to staff Earth Day, Hummingbird Festival, and other community events at an NCNPS booth. Materials will be provided, but we need members to answer questions and share their knowledge.
- Volunteer to tend local native plant garden. Often parks, school grounds and neighborhoods want to commit to growing more natives. But they need our helping hands to keep the project on track.
Great Gardens in the Piedmont!! Great books to read, and great groups for more information!
—UNCC Botanical Gardens including Mellichamp Native Plant Terrace
—Reedy Creek Nature Center and Nature Preserve
—The Mecklenburg County Herbarium located at the James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies housed at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
—Certificate for Native Plant Studies at UNCC Botanical Gardens
—Native Plants of the Southeast by Larry Mellichamp and photographs by Will Stuart available at Timber Press
—CROWN-Charlotte chapter of the Wildlife Federation
—HAWK-Habitat and Wildlife Keepers-Matthews area
—Xerces Society--great place for pollinator information!
— Going Native --Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants--Super site operated by NCSU
- Latta Prairie (October 09, 2016)
- The Medicine Wheel Garden (February 08, 2015)
- The Herbarium at Reedy Creek Nature Center (January 11, 2015)
- Mellichamp Native Terrace (October 12, 2014)
- Pink Lady’s-slippers with the Davidson Lands Conservancy (May 04, 2014)
- McDowell Prairie Restoration Site (September 14, 2014)
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