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Statewide Events

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

POSTPONED (library events temporarily cancelled, new date TBD) Dr. Sally Koerner—Plants, Pollinators, & UNCG’s New Center Dedicated to Understanding Their Dynamic Relationships

(7:00 p.m.--Please come early, 6:30 p.m., to say hello before the program )
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


Dr. Sally Koerner in the greenhouse, by Jiyoung Park (UNCG)

Triad NCNPS members will get a peek at the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s new Plant and Pollinator Center when Dr. Sally Koerner, a co-director, presents the April 1 program. The university’s center is dedicated to understanding plants and pollinators and their dynamic relationship, according to Dr. Koerner, and this work will be the focus of her talk.

As a plant community ecologist and co-director of the UNCG Plant and Pollinator Center, Dr. Koerner studies biodiversity in all its facets in grasslands around the world. Here in NC she studies the imperiled longleaf pine savanna. Her research program is dedicated to preserving the native biodiversity we have left as well as restoring degraded lands for conservation purposes.

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Friday, April 03, 2020

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Phenology Walk - April 3

(8 - 11 AM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter


Join the Blue Ridge Chapter for an early morning hike to see what’s blooming along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail!

Important update on the phenology walks: If you still want to come out for a hike, you’re welcome to do so but due to the “social distancing” guidelines currently in place, we will not provide any shuttle service. Please come prepared to walk out and back to your car. We also ask that people keep the recommended safe distance (at least 6 feet) from others while on the trail. You can still participate in the project online through iNaturalist if you prefer to stay at home but want to get involved. We will post tutorials over the coming weeks to help you get started and stay in touch with what’s blooming.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Phenology Walk - April 10

(8 - 11 AM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter


Join the Blue Ridge Chapter for an early morning hike to see what’s blooming along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail!

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Phenology Walk - April 17

(8 - 11 AM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter


Join the Blue Ridge Chapter for an early morning hike to see what’s blooming along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail!

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

CANCELED - The “Grand Canyon” of Mecklenburg County: Fisher Farm Wild Flower Hike

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Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

CANCELED - Members Only Hike at Fisher Farm.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

(POSTPONED—new date TBD) UNC Botanical Garden Tour with Habitat Garden Curator Chris Liloia

(10:00 a.m.--plus there is a lunchbox talk at noon--sign up for that c/o NCBG)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


Chris Liloia (photo by Johnny Randall of NCBG)


UNC Botanical Garden (photo by Chris Liloia)

Please note that although the garden is open, public programs are suspended until March 27th (not yet affecting this event—we will update the site if things change).

From Chris about the garden: We tend to think of the piedmont as a forested landscape, but historically, open glades and prairies were more common. These days, piedmont plants that need a lot of sun persist primarily along roadsides and right-of-ways. When the North Carolina Botanical Garden constructed our relatively new Education Center we had the opportunity to expand the garden’s collections around the new buildings and into the newly closed road that once divided the site. The corridor was converted into a series of beds that represent different aspects of piedmont flora. The open sunny tract presented the opportunity to highlight sun-loving plants of the piedmont.

Chris will talk about the creation of this new garden, from road bed to habitat, and hit on issues such as conservation and the benefits of creating a garden based on your local flora. She’ll also talk about the plants and the fun of experimenting with some familiar and many new perennials and grasses.

Chris Liloia is the Habitat Gardens Curator at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a conservation garden in Chapel Hill. She is responsible for the care of the habitat gardens and other plant collections at NCBG and helped design and create a new piedmont habitat there. The gardens she tends represent plant communities of the southeastern United States, and display rare and common species in a naturalistic setting. She carries out controlled burns in the habitats to simulate a natural fire regime.

Prior to joining the NCBG staff in 2000, she worked in ecological restoration in NJ and in south Florida. She earned her B.S. in Natural Resource Management, Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University.

Click on “Read More!” for the garden address and details about the Lunchbox Talk: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair (noon to 1 p.m.).

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Phenology Walk - April 24

(8 - 11 AM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter


Join the Blue Ridge Chapter for an early morning hike to see what’s blooming along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Boone in Bloom at the Appalachian State University Nature Preserve

(6:30 - 9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

Join the Blue Ridge Chapter for a wildflower walk at the Appalachian State University Nature Preserve! For our monthly meeting on May 13 in Boone, we will be doing an outdoors program. Dr. Annkatrin Rose, botany instructor in the Biology department and founder of the Boone in Bloom Facebook page, will take us on a tour of the preserve to see what’s blooming in the woods and learn how this area is used for classes and research. We aim for meeting at 6:30 PM so we can get on the trail by 7. We will meet in the parking lot at the top of Bodenheimer Drive near the wind turbine. Bring your walking shoes and dress for the weather.

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Saturday, June 06, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting and Picnic

(10:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

We will meet at Hagan Stone Park near Greensboro for our Annual Meeting and Picnic.  We will also have a native plant sale and auction.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Daniel Boone Native Gardens Tour 2020

(7-8 PM for garden tour, come early or stay late to stroll around on your own)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter


Come join the Blue Ridge Chapter for a summer tour of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and lots of good info on growing native plants in your own home landscape! This outdoors program will take place on July 8 at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens at 651 Horn in the West Drive. Bring your walking shoes and dress for the weather!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference 2020

(July 22-25, 2020)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Join fellow NC Native Plant Society members in Cullowhee next summer for hikes, lectures and connecting with a wide variety of fellow native plant geeks!

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Field Trip: Longleaf Pine Communities of the Sandhills

Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Join us for a field trip to hike in the Sandhills Gamelands in Hoffman, NC. The hike will be led by experts Bruce Sorrie and Will Stuart.

Open to members only.

Check back later for details and registration.

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2020 Calendar

Board Meeting dates:

Feb 8 - Iredell County Library in Statesville
May 2 - TBD
August 8 TBD
November 14 TBD

June 6 - Annual Members Picnic

Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM -










Chapter Meetings and Events

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