Southern Piedmont Chapter

Charlotte and surrounding counties

Photo: Larry Mellichamp with Southern Piedmont Chapter at NC Gamelands, May 2016 pointing out pitcher plants.

Monthly Meetings

*In person meetings temporarily suspended*
Meetings held 2nd Sunday of each month
2:00 PM unless noted
No meetings in June or July

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Butterflies of the Carolinas

(2:00 – 3:30)

Using his field photographs of butterflies, Will Stuart will walk us through the art of butterfly observation. Will spends countless hours in the field photographing butterflies and many more insects foraging and feeding on our native plants. We only have about 200 species of butterfly in NC and only half of these are common. Will will introduce us to the basics of butterfly anatomy necessary to navigate field guides and to differentiate Monarchs from Viceroys, Painted Ladies from American Ladies, Clouded from Cloudless Sulfurs and one Fritillary from another.

Male Black Swallowtail
Diana Fritillary

Registration for this Zoom presentation is required. Click here to register.

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Chapter Activities

We need you! The Southern Piedmont Chapter has many active members, and we hope you will get involved and participate.

NOTICE: All Southern Piedmont Chapter in-person activities cancelled until further notice. We are monitoring the COVID-19 Situation and will resume in-person activities when CDC guidelines indicate it is safe to gather.

MEANWHILE: Post photos of your local wildflower finds and tag with #NCNPS and #SouthernPiedmontChapter so we can all enjoy a virtual spring this year!

Ways for chapter members to get involved:

We need you! The Southern Piedmont Chapter has many active members, and we hope you will get involved and participate. What do we do?

  • Speak to school, scout, HOA, faith, garden clubs and any other groups interested in learning about native plants. We can provide materials and powerpoint presentations.

  • Volunteer to propagate seeds for distribution at area events.

  • Volunteer to staff Earth Day, Hummingbird Festival, and other community events at an NCNPS booth. Materials will be provided.

  • Volunteer to tend local native plant garden. Often parks, school grounds and neighborhoods want to commit to growing more natives. But they need our helping hands to keep the project on track.

If you have any ideas for volunteer opportunities in the community or just want to share suggestions about our current events, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Roxanne Newton, at

Past Programs

Trails Less Traveled in the Charlotte Region, July 2020

The Southern Piedmont Chapter’s first virtual meeting was a big success. Sean Bloom and Vanessa Covington with Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail offered some local opportunities for hiking beyond the ever popular green ways. These recommended trails are within 1 to 1.5 hours drive of Charlotte and offer a variety of terrain, challenge and plant life. Sean organized the trails into Family Friendly, Way out of the Way and Work for It. Thanks to Sean and Vanessa for their great information.

Did you miss the meeting?
See Sean’s presentation at this link
Watch a recording of the meeting here

Extra Stuff

Great Gardens in the Piedmont!! Great books to read, and great groups for more information!

UNCC Botanical Gardens including Mellichamp Native Plant Terrace

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Nature Preserve
—The Mecklenburg County Herbarium located at the James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies housed at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
Certificate for Native Plant Studies at UNCC Botanical Gardens
Native Plants of the Southeast by Larry Mellichamp and photographs by Will Stuart available at Timber Press
CROWN-Charlotte chapter of the Wildlife Federation
HAWK-Habitat and Wildlife Keepers-Matthews area
Xerces Society–great place for pollinator information!
 Going Native –Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants–Super site operated by NCSU

The Southeast native Plant Primer by Larry Mellichamp, Paula Gross, and photographs by Will Stuart, available at Timber Press

Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden by Larry Mellichamp with photographs by Will Stuart, available at Timber Press

Picture Albums

Latta Prairie (October 09, 2016)

medicine wheel garden

The Medicine Wheel Garden (February 08, 2015)


The Herbarium at Reedy Creek Nature Center (January 11, 2015)


Mellichamp Native Terrace (October 12, 2014)

Pink Lady’s-slippers with the Davidson Lands Conservancy (May 04, 2014)

 McDowell Prairie Restoration Site (September 14, 2014)

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