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Triad NCNPS December seed swap (photo by Lynda Waldrep)

Annual Seed Swap and Photo Share with Triad Chapter Members [NOTE for zoom participants: if you registered before 4 Oct, please RE-REGISTER]

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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. We’ll be gathering a little earlier, at 6:30 p.m. (vs our usual 7 p.m.).
We will have refreshments, please bring a store bought food or drink to the library to share.
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).

Winter sowing by Diane Leslie
Winter sowing (plantings and photo by Diane Laslie)

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!

Turtlehead, Chelone glabra, seed head (photo by Lynda Waldrep)
Turtlehead, Chelone glabra, seedhead (photo by Lynda Waldrep). While most seeds should be allowed to dry and are best stored in paper bags in the refrigerator, some, like turtlehead, are best planted immediately so they don’t dry out. Turtlehead is also a bit unusual because unlike most seeds that tend to come out in one big flush, turtlehead seeds will continue germinating through the growing season if you keep the seed flat watered.

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 from Dunleath (many others will be available from members). The right hand column has the seed plants at Dunleath (though not all available every year).

Seed containers (photo by Lynda Waldrep)
Seed containers (photo by Lynda Waldrep)

To share your favorite native plant photos taken over the past year, please send up to 5 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.
It is always a treat to see and hear from members. If you do not have any photos to share, but would like to share a native plant story, stories are welcome, too!

Past Shows

View past Triad slideshows at this link.

Photo Guidelines/Tips
  • Native plant photos taken since last year’s event (aim for about 5 minutes per person, up to 5 photos–time may vary depending on how many participate).
  • 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) [NOTE for zoom participants: If you registered before 7 p.m. on 4 Oct 2022, you must re-register. We apologize. The original meeting registration was inadvertently removed and we just learned of the problem 4 Oct.]

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!

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Red-banded hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops, on wingstem, Verbesina alternifolia (photo by Nancy Lee Adamson)

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).

The event is finished.



Dec 07 2022


6:30 pm - 9:00 pm




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


Triad Chapter