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Shannon Currey

Native Sedges Step into the Spotlight presented by Shannon Currey

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Sedges may be backup singers in the plant world, but they’re beginning to steal the show. These herbaceous perennials are diverse in textures and cultural adaptations. They shine in layered plantings and as alternatives to mulch and traditional lawn, especially in shady conditions. The Southeast has a wealth of native Carex that are well-adapted to our conditions and support pollinators, birds, and small mammals. Awaken your inner sedge head as we bring Carex out of the background and into the spotlight.
Carex plantaginea by Shannon Currey
Carex plantaginea (photo by Shannon Currey)

Shannon Currey is a horticultural educator and consultant with Izel Native Plants. She began her work life as a social scientist and changed careers to pursue horticulture at North Carolina State University. After school, she worked short stints at a landscape design firm and at Niche Gardens, a pioneering native plant nursery in North Carolina.

In 2007 Shannon joined Hoffman Nursery, a wholesale grower specializing in grasses, sedges, and other graminoids. This was the start of a 15-year journey during which she developed a deep understanding of these specialized plants. She has shared her advanced knowledge of graminoids in nationally published articles and has traveled throughout the country speaking to professional organizations, community groups, and at public gardens.

Shannon currently serves on the Perennial Plant Association’s Board of Directors and the North Carolina Plant Conservation Scientific Committee. She was honored in 2020 with the Libby Wilder Award from the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association. 

In 2022 she joined Izel Native Plants to expand their education and outreach efforts. Izel’s unique model within the industry consolidates the inventories of wholesale-only growers and makes their native plants available directly to the end consumer. 

REGISTRATION (for remote participation)

We will be meeting at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library Meeting Room (1420 Price Park Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410), but also will have a Zoom connection for those wishing to attend remotely. Please register in advance here to receive the link to the meeting. We hope we can set up the computer so sound is clearer for Zoom participants, but conducting a completely remote meeting is very different from sharing an in-person meeting. We so appreciate your interest in joining us and  patience as we figure out how best to do this. Suggestions welcome! Send questions or suggestions to Triadco@ncwildflower.org.

This program is free and open to the public, and all are welcome!

Most programs are also posted on the NC Native Plant Society YouTube Channel within a couple weeks (when all goes well). Click on “Playlists” to see programs from each chapter. We will see how the recording works, and likely post the audio and slides if they work well. Click here to visit the Triad Chapter’s webpage.

Thank you for joining the North Carolina Native Plant Society as a member or guest to learn more about the ecology of our region!!! We look forward to seeing you!!!

We hope you’ll consider becoming a member, volunteering, and/or helping to promote our education and outreach work by sharing with your friends and family. Thank you again!

NOTE: The Triad Chapter has an informal listserv for members and friends in the Triad area who have events, native plants, or questions to share. To join the listserv, please write to Triadco@ncwildflower.org with your name and a little bit about your interest in being on the listserv (so we know you’re a real person in our community). NCNPS members receive notices from NCNPS, but that is not set up for community exchange, as the informal listserv is. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mar 01 2023


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Kathleen Clay Edwards Library
1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410


Triad Chapter