News and Notes from Southern Piedmont Chapter

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From: Beth Davis

Subject: News and Notes from Southern Piedmont Chapter

Date: March 15, 2018 12:25:24 PM EDT

NC Native Plant Society’s version of March Madness…we’re all familiar with the excitement of Spring!

I am sharing a project (pdf attached) from Will Pearson, a senior at Northwest School of the Arts that is native plant and butterfly friendly. If you can find time to support Will in his senior project by volunteering to help plant or to supply plants please contact Will directly (willpill202) This is so important for future generations of not only people but butterflies too.

NCNPS-SP Chapter has several volunteer opportunities coming up–more details to Follow:

  • Pollinator Garden installation on April 28, 11-2PM in Mt. Holly, newly designated a Bee City USA. Allison Pittman will be looking for materials and volunteers. Contact Allison at
  • Southern Piedmont Chapter is looking for 1-2 Volunteers to Co-Chair chapter events in the next year, Starting July 1. Lisa and I will transition the new leadership team over the next year. This is a wonderful opportunity to make friends and build relationships with fellow plant geeks and botanically oriented friends. Please contact Beth ncnpsspchapter if you are interested.

​Thank you to Betsy Coo​ke for the fabulous plants for the March meeting raffle including a big pot of Sweet Betsy trillium and a handmade bird feeder, and thank you to Lisa Tompkins of Carolina Heritage Nursery for donating several plants including some wild ginger.

The April meeting, April 8 will be a hike, location TBD…we need to watch the weather, but you can be sure we’ll find some delightful spring wildflowers to view.

Upcoming plant sales and plant events include:

  • Winghaven Spring Plant Sale April 5-7
  • UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden Plant Sale April 13-14
  • Tuesday, April 17th at 1:00pm, and Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00pm, Join environmental educator Carla Vitez for a unique tour in the Van Landingham Glen UNCC BG. Get to know eight of our most majestic native species through the words of naturalist Donald Peattie, as Carla‘s interpretation blends botany, history, and the human connection to these forest icons. Meet at the Greenhouse

Help Save The Monarchs at NWSA.pdf.pdf

Southern Piedmont Chapter Meeting, March 11

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From: Beth Davis

Subject: Southern Piedmont Chapter Meeting, March 11

Date: March 4, 2018 11:20:48 AM EST

The Importance of Threads & Fragments: Designing Urban Green Space

​Laurel Holtzapple, PLA, ASLA, Principal of Groundworks Studio, specializing in landscape architecture, urban design and public artwork will speak March 11 on design and inspiration for the neglected spaces, the spaces in between, and the environmentally degraded. We’ll view landscape projects starting with one of our favorites, Tuckaseegee 12. Many of the reclaimed spaces involve the integration of native plants, positioned among designs for humans in urban areas. Her imaginative landscapes of meaning are rooted in many nearby places including St, Martin’s, Freedom Walkway, Reid Park Art and other greenspaces.

​The Fellowship Courtyard at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on 7th Street in Elizabeth

Reedy Creek Nature Center–2:00-4:00 PM

2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215

Free and open to the public.
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Upcoming events for NCNPS-Southern Piedmont Chapter

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From: Beth Davis

Subject: Upcoming events for NCNPS-Southern Piedmont Chapter

Date: February 4, 2018 12:29:20 PM EST

Butterflies, Caterpillars and the Native Plants that support them.


Sunday, February 11. 2PM -4PM
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215

Free and open to the public.
Our speaker will be Don Seriff, who is a Natural Resources Coordinator with Mecklenburg County. He is one of the founding members of the Carolina Butterfly Society. He and his staff collected data on the butterflies of Mecklenburg County for a quarter of a century. In 2001, Don began the Southern Lake Norman Butterfly Count which is still conducted annually today. He is an award winning wildlife biologist, a state-certified Environmental Educator, and the author of the newly published book “Birds of the Central Carolinas”.

The following two hike opportunities are open to members of NCNPS only and cohosted by Mecklenburg Audubon (March 17) and Catawba Lands Conservancy (May 4). Number of slots are limited and pre-registration is required.

The Audubon Society has declared 2018 as the Year of the Bird, and March is Native Plant Month. To celebrate our native birds and the native plants that support them, the NCNPS-Southern Piedmont Chapter and Mecklenburg Audubon Society are offering a joint hike on March 17 at Latta Prairie. Led by Jim Guyton, President of Meck Audubon, and Dr. Larry Mellichamp.
Date/Time: march 17, 8:30 AM
Location: Latta Prairie, meet at Nature Center Parking Lot, Latta Plantation Preserve

Bring: Binoculars
Registration required (limit 10 members):

Friday, May 4 | 1-4 p​Hike ​
Redlair Preserve
144 Redlair Lane Gastonia, NC MAP
4+ miles | Moderate to strenuous hike | Ages 12+
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event.

During this afternoon hike we will be seeking out the spring blooms of the Big-Leaf Magnolia – a unique native tree whose leaves can reach up to 3 ft in length!​ For more details and to register use this
​link​. Limited attendance to 20.​

Seedling Sale and January Meeting for Southern Piedmont Chapter

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From: Beth Davis <ncnpsspchapter>

Subject: Seedling Sale and January Meeting for Southern Piedmont Chapter

Date: December 11, 2017 2:19:31 PM EST

Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District is planning their 47th Annual Tree Seedling Sale on February 17, 9-12 Noon. Deadline to pre-order is December 29. Follow this link for an interactive list of available seedlings and to find the pre-order form.
Tree Order Form

Seedlings range from $2 to $3. Rain Barrels are also available to purchase for $105 for 60 gallons, and $120 for 80 gallons.

A Day in the Life of a Botanist–
Have you ever wondered what does a professional botanist do, if all of the plants have already been discovered? Join the NCNPS-Southern Piedmont Chapter in January as we hear from David Campbell, of HARP. David will share with us– why botany is important, and highlight some of the rare plants found in Polk County NC as an example. When you have a passion for plants, there is always something new to discover.

Presumed new species of Yucca found in Polk County NC

Polk County is just west of Shelby and has a number of unusual habitats and has been minimally studied in recent years. David has found a number of interesting species heretofore unknown for that region. Polk County is in the Isothermal Belt of moderate summer and winter climate, and includes Pearson’s Falls Glen which has a very high number of species coming together due to the rich soils and moderate climate. Some plants will be familiar to Piedmont gardeners and some plants will be more from the mountainous regions.

Sunday, January 14. 2PM -4PM
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215

Free and open to the public.