Serving Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke, and Avery Counties.
The Blue Ridge Chapter is based in Boone, NC and was started in 2015.
Monthly Meetings – Resuming in October, 2022
The chapter has not held indoor meetings since early 2020, as the COVID pandemic forced cancellation of indoor group activities. Chapter members are looking forward to resuming their annual schedule of meetings and outings.
Indoor meetings, with a speaker, are held on the second Wednesday of the month, September through April each year. Doors open at 6:30pm, with refreshments, and meetings begin at 7:00pm. Attendees are welcome to participate in a free raffle for native plant door prizes, following the speaker’s presentation. Participants are encouraged to save native plant seeds from their gardens to exchange at the December meeting’s annual seed exchange. Outdoor activities are conducted in lieu of indoor meetings May through August.
Membership to the North Carolina Native Plant Society is not a requirement to attend the Blue Ridge Chapter meetings or events.
The October, 2022 speaker will be Mark Rose, founding president of the Blue Ridge Chapter. The topic will be “North Carolina’s Native Plants”. This program will show the progression of our native wildflowers starting in late winter with skunk cabbage and ending with the fall blooming gentians.
“Having started this Blue Ridge Chapter almost 7 years ago, and then having to cancel the last two years of meetings due to the Covid Pandemic, I am very pleased to announce we will resume our regular monthly meetings again on October 12th at the Holiday Inn. We hope to see all our previous supporters as well and many new contacts we have made during these trying times. We have continued to have contact via field trips and hikes and the two annual native plant sales at the Daniel Boone Gardens and we welcome all. There are no membership dues but we recommend joining the NC Native plants Society although it is not a necessity to attend our meetings. I look forward to rekindling all those wonderful friendships in the future, said Mark Rose.
If you have ideas for programs or would like to present to our group of native plant enthusiasts, please contact us!
Since December 2020, we now have a seed library box installed at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. The idea behind these seed libraries is that people can leave or take seeds so we can use it for a socially-distanced seed swap. We hope to hold our next seed swap in person again in December 2021. If you would like to participate or donate seeds for the seed box, start saving seeds for it!
The Blue Ridge Chapter occasionally organizes hikes, invasive weed removals, and plant rescues in the High Country. Follow us on Facebook or join our mailing list to receive updates on meetings, hikes, and workdays.
Tater Hill Hikes in 2018 (July 15, 2018)
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)
Contact the Blue Ridge Chapter