October 7-9, 2016
SCNPS 2016 Symposium
South Carolina Native Plant Society, South Carolina Botanical Garden,
Garden Club of South Carolina
Our 2016 Symposium will be held at Clemson University on October 7 – 9. This year we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary, and the theme for the symposium is Native Plants Connect Communities. In keeping with this theme, we are very pleased to have the South Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of South Carolina cosponsor this event, connecting three of our state’s premier botanical and conservation organizations.
We have an exciting lineup of speakers, workshops, field trips and fun fellowship events planned. Our keynote speakers will be Drs. Patrick McMillan and Drew Lanham. Patrick is Director of the SC Botanical Garden, Bob Campbell Geology Museum & Clemson Experimental Forest and host of the Emmy Award-winning nature show Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. Drew is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson, a widely published author and popular speaker whose focus is translating conservation science to a broad spectrum of audiences.
Symposium programs will be held the South Carolina Botanical Garden and the Madren Conference Center, along with many workshops and field trips on the Clemson campus and at special sites in the Clemson area.
The South Carolina Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and protection of native plant communities in South Carolina. We work to make this happen by providing programs and activities including field trips, plant rescues, native plant sales, monthly educational lectures and educational journals designed to:
- Educate and inform members and the general public about the importance of native plants
- Support efforts by government agencies to protect habitats and endangered species
- Encourage the use of native plant materials in public and private landscaping
- Promote the commercial availability of native plant materials
Join us to enjoy and learn more about native plant and to help more people come to understand and appreciate the vital role native plant species play in the health and sustainability of our natural ecosystem!