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The Triad Treasures Natural Diversity!

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Organized in January 2004, members come from Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham, Stokes, and other counties. All welcome!

Photo: Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on New York iron weed, Vernonia noveboracensis, late summer 2014, by Judy Stierand. (click image for full-screen)

Monthly Meetings

Members receive announcements about Triad Chapter programs. All (members and non-members) are also welcome to join an informal Triad Yahoo! Group for sharing announcements about local and regional native plant events, resources, and photos: triadncwfps.

Please join us first Wednesdays of each month September through May for programs, plant sharing, and plant fun. Explore natural areas with us at any time of year (usually within a day’s drive). Meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923). All are welcome.


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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

POSTPONED (library events temporarily cancelled, new date TBD) Dr. Sally Koerner—Plants, Pollinators, & UNCG’s New Center Dedicated to Understanding Their Dynamic Relationships

(7:00 p.m.--Please come early, 6:30 p.m., to say hello before the program )


Dr. Sally Koerner in the greenhouse, by Jiyoung Park (UNCG)

Triad NCNPS members will get a peek at the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s new Plant and Pollinator Center when Dr. Sally Koerner, a co-director, presents the April 1 program. The university’s center is dedicated to understanding plants and pollinators and their dynamic relationship, according to Dr. Koerner, and this work will be the focus of her talk.

As a plant community ecologist and co-director of the UNCG Plant and Pollinator Center, Dr. Koerner studies biodiversity in all its facets in grasslands around the world. Here in NC she studies the imperiled longleaf pine savanna. Her research program is dedicated to preserving the native biodiversity we have left as well as restoring degraded lands for conservation purposes.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

(POSTPONED—new date TBD) UNC Botanical Garden Tour with Habitat Garden Curator Chris Liloia

(10:00 a.m.--plus there is a lunchbox talk at noon--sign up for that c/o NCBG)


Chris Liloia (photo by Johnny Randall of NCBG)


UNC Botanical Garden (photo by Chris Liloia)

Please note that although the garden is open, public programs are suspended until March 27th (not yet affecting this event—we will update the site if things change).

From Chris about the garden: 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.

Click on “Read More!” for the garden address and details about the Lunchbox Talk: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair (noon to 1 p.m.).

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Chapter Activities


We have an annual member photo sharing meeting in December, where we also share seeds (and sometimes plants). Members often bring plants or other items as door prizes to monthly meetings. We also exchange plants in spring. In prep for our chapter's spring plant exchange, many members also pot up plants for the annual picnic plant sale that is a fundraiser for the scholarships the society provides to students for research and to attend the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July. The opportunity to participate in Cullowhee can be a transformative event for students, where they come into contact with an extraordinary mix of educators, growers, designers, and planners celebrating and promoting our fabulous native flora.



Past Programs

Triad NCNPS Dec2017 Member Slides.pdf




Extra Stuff


Triad Flora Report



Lisa Gould compiles a wonderful monthly Triad Flora report highlighting her native plant observations and those contributed by anyone in the community. It is a tremendously valuable tool for learning about our native (and introduced) flora in the wild, for exploring flowering times (and making a trip to go see something special or new to you!), for providing a record of our plant community through time, and for utilizing the knowledge and observational skills of our members. We will periodically post reports at: Link to all the Flora Reports. Here is the link to the most recent Flora Report.

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Photos of Toad Trillium (Trillium cuneatum) and Virginia Heartleaf (Hexastyli virginica) are by Matthew Perry, included with the 31 March Flora Report.


To contribute to the Triad Flora report, send Lisa (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) your observations, including common name, scientific name (if possible), place observed (locale, town, county), date observed, stage (e.g., in bloom, in fruit, leaves only, etc.), and observer's name. Please report only for the following counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

Please include only plants that are in the wild (native or naturalized)—no garden plants. Species with an asterisk (*) are not native to our area but have naturalized here.

Nomenclature is from Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States, Working Draft of November 2012, by Alan S. Weakley, UNC Herbarium, Chapel Hill NC. Available as a free download (a searchable pdf) from: http://www.herbarium.unc.edu/flora.htm

Invasive species status [marked with an exclamation point and a number] is from the NC Native Plant Society's Invasive Exotic Plants in NC – 2010, which is available at http://www.ncwildflower.org/invasives/list.htm. The Society ranks invasive plants by the threat level: Rank 1 [!1] = Severe Threat, Rank 2 [!2] = Significant Threat, Rank 3 [!3] = Lesser Threat, Watch List A [!4] = naturalizing and may become a problem, Watch List B [!5] = known threat in other states but not yet a problem here. This list is a work-in-progress—if you have comments, go to the web link for information on how to provide feedback.

The reports are currently emailed to Triad members and posted on the plant society's members only pages, but more may be available here, as well, before long, so please stay tuned.... To join the Triad listserv, please visit triadncwfps or contact Nancy.

NC Friends of Plant Conservation
To support conservation of the wonderful flora of North Carolina, you can join or donate to NC Friends of Plant Conservation. The NC Plant Conservation Program's staff manages preserves across the state and contributions c/o the NC Friends of Plant Conservation are greatly appreciated for the program's work acquiring and managing these unique and tremendously special communities. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.ncplantfriends.org.

Comments, photos, or updates for this page can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Blog and Special Notes


Triad NCNPS Natives AWF 2017.pdf



Picture Albums


Tater Hill Trip Tater Hill Trip (August 02, 2008)
Green Swamp Green Swamp (May 21, 2005)

Chapter Contact(s)

Triad chapter contact information

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