The Triad Treasures Natural Diversity!


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). For further information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 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, September 04, 2019

Marie Poteat: Home Place Habitat—Restoring the Farm with Native Plants

(7 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)

Marie Poteat in one of her beautiful and wildlife filled plantings (by Nancy Lee Adamson)

Fifty nine acres of land along the Deep River in Jamestown could be a prime site for a housing development here in the Triad, but when Marie Poteat retired in 2009 and returned to the largely untended family farm, she vowed to change the fate of the property.  “I always knew I would live on the property and create a wildlife preserve, “she told an interviewer for Wildlife Magazine (see page 3 for an article about her by NCWRC wildlife biologist John Isenhour).

With a foundation of hard work, love of the land, appreciation of nature, and her background in the sciences, Marie began to create such a wildlife preserve, returning the fields to their original grasses, the grasses that the indigenous peoples found in these lands of the Piedmont, as well as restoring the land with native plants.  Using the resources of environmental groups and government agencies and armed with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the sciences from UNCG years earlier, Marie continued to expand her knowledge and skills. She attended numerous classes and training sessions, for example, in effective herbicide application, prescribed burning, and pollinator habitat enhancement. 

Marie now has a conservation easement on the property and works with the Piedmont Land Conservancy, in addition to a Wildlife Habitat Conservation Agreement with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  She is currently serving a second term on the Guilford County Parks and Recreation Commission aster serving on the Guilford County Open Space Committee for a number of years.  She is a spokesperson for Audubon and serves on the board of their local chapter.  She is also a member of the NC Native Plant Society and other groups promoting the use of native plants and as a member of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad (LWVPT) sits on the Environmental Roundtable.

Marie Poteat used her knowledge of sciences in the chemical and automotive industries in her career, and these jobs took her all over the world. While exciting and life-changing, these travels also gave her a greater appreciation of the North Carolina she loves and the land she values.  Marie will share her story with the Triad Chapter of NCNPS Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Environmental Library in Greensboro.  The meeting, as always, is open to the public.  Join us for a review of her journeys back to the family farm.

Upland Gazette Article

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Past Programs

Triad NCNPS Dec2017 Member Slides.pdf

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.

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 here Link to all the Flora Reports

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:

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 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

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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