Native Plant Demonstration Garden at the NC State Fair

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NCNPS Demonstration Garden- 2021 State FAir; Diane Laslie, photographer
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Six volunteers from the Margaret Reid Chapter held several workdays last spring to spruce up the garden. We found that Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), and River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) had been too happy and all required our editing.

We also pruned and dug up quite a bit of suckers from the shrubs Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) and Common Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). During the almost forty hours of prep over a period of three days before the Fair, we planted a good number of purchased and donated perennials  and ferns.

We added some rope fencing to encourage folks to stay on the path. We also beautified the empty stall next door by disguising some unsightly views with materials and posters about our native flora.

The Fair garden was manned by 17 volunteers who generously donated seventy hours of their time to answer questions and educate the public about the Society and native plants.

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Display of materials and posters about our native flora at the Fair; Margaret Partridge, photographer

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