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Upstate: Major, time-sensitive, plant rescue opportunity

March 4 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm

Rhododendron periclymenoides

Michelin is building a major distribution center between Greenville and Spartanburg, and has generously and enthusiastically agreed to partner with the Native Plant Society in rescuing some very desirable native plants that will otherwise be lost.  Michelin is preserving and restoring many of the streams and wetlands on site, but some will be impacted by the new structures.

Specifically, there are 30 to 50 beautiful, old pinxter azaleas (Rhododendron periclymenoides/ Rhododendron nudiflorum) we want to rescue. There are also a number of Christmas and deciduous ferns and river cane.  Other plants may show up as the weather warms.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 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 4
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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