From the Editor
Here’s a great slideshow of photos from several NCNPS members of their weekend botanizing and attending events at the annual spring hikes.
One of the benefits of being a member of the NC Native Plant Society is our annual spring hikes weekend. Last spring we had 12 different hikes to choose from in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest. They ranged from the mild to the more invigorating; they were all wild.
The multi-faceted event based in Bryson City and organized by Diane Laslie and Paula LaPoint included a lecture by registered herbalist CoreyPine Shane, who spoke on southeast medicinal plants. Shane’s book is reviewed by our incoming NCNPS president, Ken Bridle, in this newsletter, A Review of Southeast Medicinal Plants.
Rounding out the NCNPS spring hikes program were a plant auction, a Friday evening social, and a variety of leader-guided hikes on Saturday and Sunday. Hike leaders were all expert botanists and trail guides. The event attracted members from NCNPS chapters including Blue Ridge, Southern Piedmont, Triad, Triangle, and some members-at-large.
Juney Whank Falls along the Deep Creek Loop trail, Smoky Mountains near Bryson City, NC. Video by Susan Trabka
Slideshow photos courtesy Thanh Huynh, Susan Trabka, Shirley Walker, and Lisa Lofland Gould. More pictures and a story by Ann Walter-Fromson, Botanizing with Friends in the Smoky Mountains, are also in this Native Plant News.
Andrea Thunem is editor of the North Carolina Native Plant Society’s Native Plant News and a member of the NCNPS Southern Piedmont chapter.
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