Annual Seed Swap and Photo Share with Triad Chapter Members
The Triad seed swap and photo share is set for December 7 in-person at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library Meeting Room (1420 Price Park Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410) and, for photo share, via Zoom. Many members are tremendously knowledgeable about saving and planting native seeds, so it’s a great opportunity to learn! We are big on winter sowing, and the photo below from Diane Laslie shows the results of a previous year. We hope everyone will grow more native plants! Members also share their photos at our December meeting–see details below.
Seeds should be cleaned and brought in small sizes, such as envelopes, and labeled with common and botanical names, as well as any special planting instructions, as best you can. Please participate even if you don’t have any seeds to offer, as there are always plenty to share.
Featured photo: Triad NCNPS members sharing and choosing seeds shared at a past December meeting (photo by Lynda Waldrep).
Growing from seed keeps our plant populations healthy through diversity, not to mention having plenty of new plants to use on your own property or to share with others. Seed distribution takes place after the program, ending when all seeds are taken. Please join us!
If you are interested in collecting seed to share but are not sure how to do that, especially if you want to involve your children in collecting and packaging some seeds, Nancy Adamson would be happy to meet at Dunleath Community Garden to show you which plants are available for seed collecting in the front flower beds and help you collect. Please write to Triadco@ncwildflower.org if interested. You can save envelopes from your junk mail for seed saving (just the ones that have straight openings across the back–the v-shaped openings tend to leak the seeds). Click here to see a list of seeds that are available. The right hand column has the seed plants (though not all available at this time of year).
MEMBER PHOTO SHARE
To share your favorite native plant photos taken over the past year, please send up to 10 photos by Friday, December 2nd to Triadco@ncwildflower.org. We may post the photo share on YouTube, so having the photos in one slide set may help the program go more smoothly, but we should also be able to share screens if you can’t make the December 2nd deadline.
- Native plant photos taken since last year’s event (aim for about 5 minutes per person, up to 10 photos).
- Photo size. If you want to reduce the size before emailing, 1920 pixel width for landscape oriented photos is about the maximum size needed for online viewing and as little as 800 pixels may be adequate at 72 dpi. For vertical shots, estimate how wide compared to your typical horizontal image and reduce pixels accordingly. It’s fine to send full size to Nancy if you’re not sure how to reduce.
- Layout. Send individual photos with all the caption information or a PowerPoint or Keynote set already formatted as you’d like (if you do not include your name on all the photos, Nancy will likely make an intro slide with your name). If you make your own set, people really appreciate having both the scientific name and at least one common name on the slide (especially those who view later).
- Example caption. I tend to list the scientific name first and separate by commas, but here’s an example caption sent that I love because it includes the location and date. I generally keep the format folks send me. Notice it’s numbered, which helps because the photos attached don’t always stay in order. Longer captions are welcome.
- 1. Pinxter Flower (Rhododendron periclymenoides) in bud on Laurel Bluff Trail, April 14, 2021
- If making your own PowerPoint or Keynote set, it’s best to reduce photo size before inserting. In PowerPoint, you can reduce photo size after inserting by right-clicking on the photo, then choosing to reduce (you’ll get an option to reduce just that one photo or all photos in your PP).
REGISTRATION (for remote participation)
We will be meeting at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library Meeting Room and via Zoom. Please register in advance here to receive the Zoom 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!
Keep in touch! All NCNPS members receive emails via their chapter affiliation, but the Triad Chapter also has a groups.io listserv that we use for sharing events, extra plants, and other native plant news. If you would like to be part of this informal listserv, please contact Triadco@ncwildflower.org. Include a little information about where you live and your interest in the group so we know you’re in the community (vs spam).