Sunday Jan. 8, 2017 – The Butterfly Highway

NCNPS-Southern Piedmont Chapter January Meeting

Angel Hjarding will share the Butterfly Highway creation story, and explore how NCNPS members can become more involved in our local communities. Angel is in the process of completing her doctoral degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. As a part of her doctoral research, she conceptualized the Butterfly Highway as a way to bring beautification to underserved urban neighborhoods and create opportunities for residents to reconnect with nature. Since joining NCWF, the Butterfly Highway has grown from 50 residential gardens to over 1,300 gardens across NC. To learn more about the many projects Butterfly Highway has completed this year visit the Butterfly Highway page on the NCWF website or follow The Butterfly Highway on Facebook.


Angel will have Butterfly Highway custom seed mix packets for sale, $5.00 each. You can learn more about the seeds in these packets at the NC Wildlife Federation website.


Date: Sunday, January 8

Time: 2:00-4:00

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


News and Upcoming events:

If you are looking for any recent copies of the Bird Friendly Native Plant of the Month flyer, they are all listed in our blog to give you great ideas while you sit inside this winter dreaming of where to put your shovel in your garden next spring! It’s too early to plant, but not too early to plan!!

Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District Tree and Seedling Sale 2017

Leslie Vanden Herick and her team at MCSWCD always have a great selection of native trees and shrubs to offer at really affordable prices. And if you pre-order you can skip the line and pick them up Friday, Feb. 24. More details and order forms are on our new Southern Piedmont Chapter blog. Or you can go directly to the MCSWCD to find the form.

Volunteer Opportunties in 2017!

NCNPS-Southern Piedmont Chapter is enthusiastically making plans to engage with our communities in 2017 and we need you! Our biggest volunteer need is Earth Day, April 22, when our chapter participates in numerous festivals and events throughout the region. Please mark your calendars now and plan to help us out to staff a table or booth. Materials are provided, and our community loves to talk about NC native plants!

Our first local event is staffing a table at the MCSWCD Tree Seedling Distribution on Saturday, Feb. 25, 9-12 Noon  at the Hal Marshall Center in uptown Charlotte. We need 2-3 people to cover half shifts. If you have time to volunteer please email

UNCC Certificate in Native Plant Studies

Don’t miss this opportunity to enroll in Botany for Gardeners and Naturalists, Jan. 28-29, the introductory course and pre-requisite for many of the other courses throughout the year. Visit the UNCC Botanical Gardens website for more details and to sign up online. You may know the instructor….our very own NCNPS President, Dr. Larry Mellichamp!

SP Native Plant News: November 7, 2016

Upcoming events around the Piedmont include:

NC Native Plant Society Southern Piedmont Chapter Meeting, Sunday, November 13, 2:00 PM

People, natural areas and our communities–Carrie DeJaco will introduce the field of urban ecology, how people and nature affect each other in developed areas, and discuss why we should encourage and expand natural areas within our communities for their positive influences on both human health (mental and physical) and ecosystem services.
Location: Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215
Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
RSVP requested:
Admission free and open to the public
From our friends at UNCC Botanical Garden:

Healthy Houseplants

Thursday, November 10, 10 am-12 pm
Instructors: Paula Gross and Meredith Hebden, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

There is nothing quite like having the life-power of plants inside your home, yet growing indoors does have its challenges. Join us to learn the what, when, and how of happy houseplants.  We’ll share best bet choices for low, medium, and high light, discuss the indoor growing environment and how it differs from outdoors, and when it makes sense to move plants outdoors for the summer (and back indoors for winter).

We’ll touch on planting media (soil), watering and fertilizing needs and what to look for as far as plant health so that you may intervene before plants cross the point of no return. Improve your confidence to grow tropicals, moth orchids, and succulents under one roof!

Location: McMillan Greenhouse classroom, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Cost: Members $18, Non-members $25

Register here

Pressed Flower Art

Tuesday, November 15, 9:30 am-12 noon
Instructor: Karen Pritchett

This delightful workshop will focus on pressing flowers for artistic design with special emphasis on using the proper technique to retain color and form.

Karen will cover the dos and don’ts of flower pressing and participants will make a small press and create a mounted composition to take home. All materials will be provided to complete a handsome finished product suitable for a gift. Participants will also receive a reference handout to inspire future personal projects, such as cards or frameable art.

Location: McMillan Greenhouse classroom, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.
Cost:  $30 Members / $40 Non-members  (fee includes all materials)

For more information about our Adult Education Programs or to see an updated list of courses, please visit or email Esther at

 Volunteers needed at Latta Park on Saturday, Nov. 12

Dilworth Community Association  is looking for volunteers to help at Latta Park in Dilworth on Saturday, November 12th between 1:00 – 4:00 to help plant native trees and spread mulch.

Latta Park was neglected for a number of years with the budget cuts and a lot of invasive/non-natives took root and took over. They are working to get rid of them and to plant native plants and trees in their place.They will have equipment, but will be helpful if people have their own work gloves and shovel

Please sign in at the Pavillion – 601 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
RSVP: Nancy Nicholson
We love hearing from you and your community events. Keep in touch.

Beth Davis

NCNPS-Southern Piedmont Chapter Co Chair