Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Nothing is Forever: A Look at Native Annuals, Biennials, and Short Lived Perennials with Lynda Waldrep(7:00 p.m.--welcome early to say hello!!)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter
Lynda by George Waldrep
Purple Coneflower by Lynda Waldrep
Ever wonder why some of your lovely natives don’t last very long? Maybe they really aren’t supposed to. Herbaceous plants exist in all categories, annuals, biennials, and perennials, and native plant lovers should consider these characteristics when planning to use native plants in the landscape.
Did your nursery vendor tell you about short lived perennials? Probably not, but such knowledge can spare you the concerns over losses in certain plants in your garden. NCNPS member Lynda Waldrep shares her experiences, backed up by available research, on the longevity of some of our favorite native plants, with tips that perhaps will extend the life of those short lived perennials.
A retired teacher, Lynda’s interest in plants started in 2000 when a friend encouraged her to take the Master Gardener course, and she volunteered for 10 years in that program.. A love and respect for natives led her to the NC Botanical Garden’s Certificate of Native Plant Studies classes, receiving her certificate in 2018. Lynda’s current focus is growing natives from seeds.
Lynda is a former NCNPS board member and an active Triad chapter participant. She and her husband, George, live and plant natives on seven wild acres in Summerfield. “I am not a gardener,” she maintains. “I just like plants.”
Lynda by Judy West
Attendees often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do thanks to our wonderfully generous members. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for fundraisers at the spring and fall outings, or our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants, scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July, and native plantings in community gardens in the region.
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