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Upstate Plant Rescue: again!

April 8, 2017 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm

Rhododendron periclymenoides

Last week was supposed to be the last rescue, but apparently people keep finding more plants —
and Michelin has invited us back!

We continued to rescue  pinxter-flower azaleas (Rhododendron periclymenoides/ Rhododendron nudiflorum), and now yellow violets (Viola sp.) and bellworts (Uvularia sp.) are popping up, among other things. This is a very nice little woodland creek with a treasure-trove of native azaleas, and it would be a shame to leave these beautiful plants behind.

So if you missed the earlier opportunities, you have another chance!

Email Frank Holleman to let us know you are coming: <[email protected]>.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the QT Station at Exit 60 (Highway 101) on I-85 between Greenville and Spartanburg (1840 Hwy 101 south, Greer).  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.

Note — This is an active construction site for Michelin’s new distribution center: 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!

Bring gloves and digging tools and 3-gallon pots if you have some.  Leather shoes or boots are required at ths site. 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.

These amazing azaleas are so large that they must be pruned back severely and nursed for a year or so before being replanted. Most that were rescued so far have been “heeled in” on the property, to be later replanted at the site. A few have gone to member’s homes and some have gone to the Society for ongoing restoration projects. What a great showcase of native plants these are!

Please come help, and invite your friends —


April 8, 2017
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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