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Statewide Events

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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.”

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Native Grasses and Sedges: From Roadsides and Woodlands to Home

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Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Grasses. With over 280 species native to the Carolinas and over 12,000 worldwide, grasses are due a closer look, and one that doesn’t focus on the ubiquitous lawn. Throw in the native sedges and you’ve just added 140 more species (from different habitats) to explore.  I’ll turn my lens on a dozen native species as I review what makes a grass a grass, what exactly IS a sedge, where we are likely to experience them outside our gardens, how to plant them in your gardens, and how they contribute to the web-of-life here in the Piedmont. It may be cold outside, but let’s transport ourselves into a world of texture, contrast, light-play, sound, and movement as we dive into the world of grasses and sedges. 

Bio: Paula Gross holds a Master’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia and is the former Associate Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens. During her 20 years at UNC Charlotte, Paula taught university courses on botany, plant identification, and economic botany, as well as lead the creation of both children’s and adult education programs and worked zealously with Larry Mellichamp to guide development of the greenhouse and gardens. Her deep belief that the connection between plants and people is vital for the health of both individual and planet is what inspires her to write and teach. She is co-author of the book Bizarre Botanicals and has written articles for Fine Gardening magazine.

All photos courtesy of Paula Gross.

Please Join Us. Open to the public. Free.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte NC 28215

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Friday, May 10, 2019

2019 NCNPS Spring Outing - May 10-12

(May 10, 2019 - May 12, 2019)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Photograph by Kelly Clampitt

Mark your calendars now!!
The annual NCNPS Spring Outing for 2019 is May 10, 11 and 12 in the West Jefferson area.  Please join us for some remarkable botanizing in a truly exquisite area of North Carolina.  Although a final agenda is still being developed, information about the Outing is below.

Hikes – The Nature Conservancy has been gracious to allow guided hikes on Bluff Mountain.  The Conservancy’s $15 hiking fee will help protect these 3800 acres preserve. Details on additional hikes are forthcoming
Silent Plant Auction – Bids for the plants can be made Friday and Saturday evening in the New River State Park Community Building.  The auction will close Saturday evening.  Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details and also to let them know what you plan to bring.  Donations of unusual and hard to find plants are requested.  Proceeds will support NCNPS operations.
Lodging – A block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn Express at a rate of $149 + 13% tax/night until April 10 for May 10 & 11.  The “Accommodations” page on the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce lists other accommodations.  Spring Outing participants are responsible for making their own accommodations. 
Meals—Spring Outing participants are responsible for obtaining their own meals.

Details on the entire Spring Outing will be announced once they are finalized.  Questions can be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We look forward to seeing as many of you as we can!


Saturday, June 01, 2019

2019 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. Full details closer to the date.


2019 Calendar

Board Meeting dates:
February Board Meeting will be held in Salisbury NC. Further details will be provided at a later date.

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