Statewide Events

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Blue Ridge Chapter November Meeting

(7 - 9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to join us for our November meeting with Dr. Gary Walker. Gary is a cliff-face ecologist and has been leading hikes at the annual spring wildflower pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains for many years. He was just recently appointed to the state Plant Conservation Board after retiring from teaching at Appalachian State University. This month, he will give a presentation for us in his new role and talk about plant conservation, permit requirements, and in particular, how these apply to native plant society activities.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Triad Member Native Plant Photo & Seed Exchange

(7 p.m.--welcome early to visit and check out seeds in the seed exchange)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Members investigating the December 2018 seeds available, by Lynda Waldrep

Some of the offerings, by Robert Jones.

Join us to share photos, food, and stories of our native plant adventures and encounters. Members and anyone interested in native plants are welcome to all our meetings. Don’t worry if you haven’t been saving seeds—there are always plenty to share. If you have photos or food to share, please click on “Read More!”

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Winter Seed Share and Social

Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Winter Seed Share and Social

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2 PM
Reedy Creek Park, Shelter 3

Start saving your seeds now to share at our most popular meeting of the year!

Free and Open to the Public

The growing Southern Piedmont Chapter needs more space for our events so we’ve moved to Shelter 3 at Reedy Creek Park for our indoor meetings.  To find us, take the Reedy Creek Park main entrance road until it dead-ends.  Turn left and follow the park signs to Shelter 3.

Reedy Creek Park, Shelter 3, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte NC 28215

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Adam Webb—Starting a Native Garden

(7 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle, by Adam Webb)

Ever wonder how to start a native garden from scratch? Adam Webb,  Triad Chapter NCNPS member, did just that when he and his family moved into their Summerfield home.  Adam will share how he became interested in native plants and his eventual decision to move into the world of natives.  He will discuss techniques and methods tried, as well as resources and challenges involved in the process.

Adam and his family moved into their Summerfield home in the summer of 2015.  What started as a small butterfly garden soon turned into becoming a NWF Backyard habitat.  During that process he learned about the deep connection between native plants and wildlife.  After reading Larry Mellichamp’s book, NATIVE PLANTS OF THE SOUTHEAST, he discovered both the state and local NCNPS, becoming a member in 2016.

Note this is one week later than our usual meeting date since the library is closed on New Year’s Day.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Alan Weakley—North Carolina’s Diverse Flora – Discoveries, Conservation, and Identification

(7 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Gentiana autumnalis, Pinebarren Gentian, by Alan Weakley)

Understanding the natural diversity around us – our natural heritage – is more accessible than ever with new tools and technology.  But that natural diversity is also increasingly imperiled.  Learn about what makes North Carolina special, and new tools to appreciate and understand North Carolina’s plants and ecosystems.

Alan Weakley is a plant taxonomist, community ecologist, and conservationist specializing in the Southeastern United States.  He holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from Duke University.  He has worked as botanist and ecologist for the N.C. Natural Heritage Program, and as regional and chief ecologist for The Nature Conservancy and NatureServe.  He is currently Director of the UNC Herbarium, a department of the N.C. Botanical Garden, and teaches as adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill and at the Highlands Biological Station. 

Alan is author of the Flora of the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States, and co-author (with Chris Ludwig and Johnny Townsend) of the Flora of Virginia, which has received five awards, including the Thomas Jefferson Award for Conservation.  He is also co-author (along with Laura Cotterman and Damon Waitt) of Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

He has also released an app, FloraQuest, co-developed with Michael Lee and Rudy Nash, covering the Southeastern United States flora.  He has authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and is in high demand as a speaker on plant taxonomy, community classification and mapping, biogeography, and biodiversity conservation.  He is active with the Flora of North America project and the United States National Vegetation Classification, serves as an advisor to the N.C. Natural Heritage Program and N.C. Plant Conservation Program, and is a co-founder of the Carolina Vegetation Survey.  As a trustee and board member of public and private conservation granting agencies and foundations, he has helped oversee $400,000,000 of land conservation grants in the Southeastern United States.

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2019 Calendar

Board Meeting dates:

February 16 Library, Salisbury
May 18 Library, Asheboro
August 17 Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, Greensboro
November 16 Mooresville Public Library, Selma Burke Room, 304 S Main St. Mooresville, NC 28115 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM - Note Time Change for this meeting only.

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

Chapter Meetings and Events

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