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 ncnpsspchapter@gmail.com if you are interested.

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Shared events with Catawba Lands Conservancy

From our friends at Catawba Lands Conservancy…opportunities for walks and volunteering open to NCNPS members only–please note space is limited in each event, so sign up early if you are interested. The Catawba Wildflower Glen is a special place! We are pleased to be able to support CLC. These events are limited to members of NCNPS. If you are not a member, but see something you would like to do, you can easily join at ncwildflower.org.

Catawba Lands Conservancy is thrilled to invite members of the NC Native Plant Society to take part in some upcoming programs. 

Pollinator Garden Installation

Friday, March 17 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm OR 1:00—4:00pm
Seven Oaks Nature Preserve
Belmont, NC
6900 South New Hope Road
Volunteer Workday | Planting | REGISTER

Catawba Lands Conservancy is hosting a volunteer workday to plant a native pollinator garden at the trailhead for our Seven Oaks Nature Preserve Trail.  NCNPS is invited to join us for this planting for either shift. The first shift will help spread mulch and start planting native wildflowers and the second shift will finish planting native wildflowers and top-dress the beds with more mulch.  No experience needed.  Project direction, tools, water, and snacks will be provided. This workday will be hosted on St. Patrick’s Day so wear your green and bring your green thumbs! Please REGISTER to let us know you are coming.

Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy Members: Catawba Wildflower Glen Clean-Up

Friday, March 24 | 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Catawba Wildflower Glen
12001 Riverhaven Drive
Charlotte, NC 28214
Volunteer Workday  | Exotic Plant Removal | Ages 12+ | No Dogs Please

Come clean-up the Catawba Wildflower Glen!  Members of Thread Trail, CLC and the NC Native Plant Society are invited to help remove exotic and invasive plants from the glen in order to promote the growth of beautiful native wildflowers.  After a brief introduction, we will enjoy a short, but lovely nature walk through the Catawba Wildflower Glen to our work sites.  We may see some spring wildflowers as we work. We will be pulling invasive Japanese honeysuckle and treat privet that are both encroaching into the glen. We need your help to keep these from spreading! Some people will work with tools and herbicide, but others will be doing old fashioned pulling of invasive plants.  Come help to keep Charlotte beautiful! Please email Mary Ann Harrison to let us know that you are coming.

Catawba Lands Conservancy and NCNPS Members: Native Wildflower Walk April 8

Saturday, April 8 | 9:30 am-11:30 am
Catawba Wildflower Glen
Charlotte, NC
Address and directions will be emailed in advance of the event
1 mile | Easy Nature Walk | Ages 10+ | REGISTER

Join us for a guided walking tour of one of this area’s most outstanding natural areas. The Catawba Wildflower Glen is a classic climax or old-growth forest with dramatic topography and a remarkably rich diversity of herbaceous and woody plant species. Mary Stauble, a Catawba Lands Conservancy volunteer and botanist, will lead a 1.5-hour walk through the constructed trails of this area’s richest woodland wildflower habitat. We will notice spring blooming flowers and native plants. The 20-acre preserve, owned by the Catawba Lands Conservancy, is located near Mountain Island Lake in northwestern Mecklenburg County. Please REGISTER to let us know that you are coming. This walk is limited 20 participants.

Catawba Lands Conservancy and NCNPS Members: Native Wildflower Walk May 6

Saturday, May 6 | 9:30 am-11:30 am
Catawba Wildflower Glen
Charlotte, NC
Address and directions will be emailed in advance of the event
1 mile | Easy Nature Walk | Ages 10+ | REGISTER

Join us for a guided walking tour of one of this area’s most outstanding natural areas. The Catawba Wildflower Glen is a classic climax or old-growth forest with dramatic topography and a remarkably rich diversity of herbaceous and woody plant species. Mary Stauble, a Catawba Lands Conservancy volunteer and botanist, will lead a 1.5-hour walk through the constructed trails of this area’s richest woodland wildflower habitat. We will notice late-blooming, spring flowers and native plants. The 20-acre preserve, owned by the Catawba Lands Conservancy, is located near Mountain Island Lake in northwestern Mecklenburg County. The site is open only by permission of CLC.  Please REGISTER to let us know that you are coming.  This walk is limited to 20 participants.

Volunteers Matter

 Mary Ann Harrison, of Catawba Lands Conservancy granted us permission to share her words of thanks to NCNPS volunteers after a morning workday at Catawba Wildflower Glen last week. Thank you also to Jean Wilson for sharing her photos. As a matter of fact I hear the group had so much fun, they are begging to come back and work some more…stay tuned for invasive plant removal day part 2! Volunteers really matter….and  are so very much appreciated. NCNPS Southern Piedmont Chapter needs lots of helping hands in April for Earth Day events April 22 and April 29. Please raise your hand and say yes!

Dear Dedicated Invasive Weed Warriors!

Thank you sincerely for donating your time and your sweat-equity to preserving plant biodiversity for our community.  It was wonderful to meet such a great group of dedicated and hard-working people.  Mary Stauble mentioned to me after the workday, “It was a good feeling to see invasives being removed from such a special spot.  Working together you really see a difference even in a few hours”.  I couldn’t agree more.  Thank you!  Also, a big thank you to Mary Stauble for being such a dedicated steward of the Wildflower Glen and initiating a clean-up like this. 2017-3-3 Catawba Glen clean up (31)

Here is the link that Mary mentioned for the “Green Invaders” video.  It really is an interesting watch!

As promised you all are now famous.  Follow this link to see photos of your smiling faces on our Carolina Thread Trail Facebook page.  Feel free to send me any photos that you would like to add to the album.  You do not need a Facebook account to view these photos.  If you do have a Facebook, feel free to follow us to learn about more outdoor opportunities like this one. 2017-3-3 Catawba Glen clean up (38)

All in all, thank you for preserving plant biodiversity.  Please continue to enjoy land preserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy and consider joining us for future workdays and programs.  This program was organized by Catawba Lands Conservancy to introduce you to the properties that we conserve.  We can’t conserve these places without you.  If you haven’t already, please consider supporting Catawba Lands Conservancy  by becoming a member so that we can continue to protect beautiful places that you love.

I am sincerely happy to have met you all.

Mary Ann Harrison
Program Coordinator
Catawba Lands Conservancy

Leading the Carolina Thread Trail 

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.

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

Location:
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 ncwildflower.org.

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

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    Bernice Turnipseed and friend at Earth Day Booth in Matthews 2016