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, October 02, 2019

Steve Windham—What is your gardening why?

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

Rhododendron periclymenoides, pinxterbloom azalea, by Steve Windham

Steve Windham, local landscape designer and nature lover discusses the inspirations for his landscape designs, using native plantings, and natural settings for friends, family, and wildlife to enjoy. What inspires you to toil in the garden?  Why?  Is it memories of a special person, place or time?  Fascination with birds, bees, butterflies?

Join Steve in an informal talk about his experience and how he is transitioning his gardens to include a great deal of diversity and more native plantings that are successful here in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

Root and Branch Gardens

Steve is a North Carolina native with 40 years of Landscape Design experience. He obtained a degree in Horticulture from Central Piedmont Community College; has studied Biology, Botany and Environmental studies at Guilford College; and is a Certified NC Plantsman. Steve has volunteered with Greensboro Beautiful, formerly serving as the Chairman and Chair of Public Gardens.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Mark Garland—D**n Yellow Composites!

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

Mark Garland with Monster, by Yvette Garland

Hypochaeris radicata, hairy cat’s ear, by Mark Garland

In North Carolina, one in eight species of wild flowering plants is a member of the aster, daisy, or sunflower family—the Compositae or Asteraceae. From a possible origin in the southern hemisphere, the family has spread explosively all over the world and is now found on every continent (except Antarctica) and on most oceanic islands.  Worldwide, it includes over 24,000 species—about 10% of all species of flowering plants. The family includes some weeds like dandelion, ragweed, and thistles, but also plants with beautiful flowers, like sunflowers, asters, and coreopsis.  Learn a bit about where this family might have come from, the biology of the flower heads, how to tell whether or not a plant is a “comp,” and recognize some of the major groups within the family. And no, they’re not all yellow.

Mark Garland is a botanist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Plant Data Team in Greensboro.  He helps maintain the PLANTS database (, which assembles basic information about 30,000 native and naturalized species of vascular plants, mosses and liverworts, and lichens in North America north of Mexico, Hawaii, and U.S. possessions in the Caribbean and Pacific.  Mark has a degree in botany from the University of Georgia and did graduate work at Florida State University on the hawkweeds of eastern North America. He worked for the state of Florida for fifteen years, first at the Department of Environmental Protection and then as the state botanist for the state Department of Agriculture. He lives outside Greensboro with his wife Yvette and too many cats.

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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. Here is the link to the most recent Flora Report.

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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