Making seed bombs–the native plant way

Thank you to Dennis Testerman, Margaret Genkins, Carrie DeJaco, and Allison Pittman for teaching kids and family how to make seed bombs and sharing our “Favorite Plants of the Piedmont” list. It’s amazing how interested and engaged our neighbors can be once we start connecting the dots…plants are caterpillar food, birds eat caterpillars, you enjoy the birds in your backyard…so feed them native plants!20170415_124741.jpgNCNPS President Larry Mellichamp challenged members at the 2016 Annual Picnic  to share botany lore and native plants with our communities and most importantly with children. So how to make a seed bomb? Mix equal parts modeling clay and compost, and then roll it around in the seed mix. Let it dry at home, and then “bomb” a bare patch of soil. Try to keep the area moist for about 2 weeks to allow the seeds to germinate. Thank you also to Kelly Lojk for designing the bookmark to go with our Aquilegia canadensis seed packets.  Eastern Columbine is incredibly easy to grow from seed…come visit us and purchase your seed packet for only $1 and start your own native plant garden with seeds or a bomb right away!

NCNPS will also be appearing at the following locations in April:

  • March for Science, Marshall Park, Charlotte April 22
  • Earthfest, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on April 29
  • Statesville Earth Festival on April 29

There’s still time to volunteer if you want to get your hands dirty, and tell stories about plants. Email if you are interested.





Discoveries in the Darkness: A Look into the Local Diversity of Moths and the Connections to our Natural Communities and Native Flora

Lenny Lampel, Natural Resources Coordinator/Supervisor with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources will speak at the February 12 Southern Piedmont Chapter meeting about the nighttime world of moths. Many people are not aware that moths are just as important pollinators as butterflies and bees, and we may even find out that they are more important! Find out more about the plants moths love and need.

Date: Sunday, February 12
Time: 2:00-4:00

Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215


Join NCNPS Today!

At only $25 per year for individual memberships, NCNPS is one of the most affordable things you can do to support environmental programs. One of the benefits of membership is invitation to members only hikes and outings such as:

  • Southern Piedmont Chapter April 9 Trillium walk. Location to follow. Tentative meeting time 2:00 PM Open to members only.
  • State Society Spring Trip to Boone May 5-7. Friday, Saturday and Sunday hiking opportunities to see spring wildflowers at the peak of their bloom. Speakers, plant auction and social. Details to follow in next newsletter. Open to members only.
  • Southern Piedmont Chapter May 14 meeting…local Pink Lady Slipper site plus additional wildflower visit. Open to members only.
  • June 3-State picnic-ARC Building at Hagan Stone Park Pleasant Garden, NC—best native plant auction, plus many affordable plants on the $5 table. Best place to find rare and unusual native plants to expand your garden.

In addition you will receive the quarterly newsletter with excellent native plant articles written by NCNPS members. Join at

The Dr. Mellichamp Presidential challenge!

Last year, at the state picnic in June, our president, Dr. M challenged all of us to get involved…and the Southern Piedmont Chapter needs you! Spring is busy season for members as communities across the Piedmont host festivals and events and invite NCNPS to participate. Please help us staff these booths. To sign up email ncnpsspchapter@gmail.comto let us know when you help. Events include:

  • MCSWCD Tree seedling distribution, 9-12 Noon, Feb. 25, Charlotte, Hal Marshall Center
  • Reedy Creek NC Arbor Day celebration , March 18, 2-5:30 PM
  • Earth Day, numerous community events and festivals, April 22 and 29-Charlotte, Davidson, Kings Mountain, Matthews, Stowe Botanical Garden, Statesville, Monroe

    Bernice Turnipseed and friend at Earth Day Booth in Matthews 2016