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Upstate: Another rescue opportunity @ Michelin site

March 18 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm

Rhododendron periclymenoides

We had a good turnout on March 4th! We rescued a number of native orchids (Tipularia discolor and Goodyera pubescens) and native ferns, and about 40 large pinxter-flower azaleas — approximately a third of the number of azaleas at the site — and Michelin has invited us back…

Most of the rescued azaleas (Rhododendron periclymenoides/ Rhododendron nudiflorum) have been pruned back and “heeled in” on the property, where they will be nursed for a year or so before being replanted at the site, a major distribution center between Greenville and Spartanburg. What a great showcase for native plants this could be!

Meet at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, at the QT Station at Exit 60 (Highway 101) on I-85 between Greenville and Spartanburg.  We will leave as a group and travel about 5 miles south on Highway 101 to the Michelin construction site.  If you have a truck, please bring it.

Wear leather shoes or boots, and bring gloves and digging tools.  And 3-gallon pots if you have some.  It’s always good to wear long pants and sleeves.  We didn’t see any poison ivy, but there’s always a chance that it may be present in upstate woods.  We plan to finish at the site by noon and then transport the plants either to a location on the Michelin site where they will be taken care of, or to a location nearer to Greenville where we will care for them before transplanting.

Note — This is an active construction site: We must enter together as a group (no stragglers!); we must wear leather shoes or boots; and it is important that we have a list of those coming, so don’t forget to register!

Email Bill Sharpton to let us know you are coming:  [email protected]

Invite your friends!


March 18
8:45 am - 1:00 pm
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QT Station at Exit 60 (Hwy 101) on I-85
1840 Hwy 101 south
Greer, SC 29651 United States
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