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Upstate Plant Rescue: 70 azaleas and counting!

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

Rhododendron periclymenoides

Michelin has invited us back to their distribution center construction site on April 1st.

In the two previous workdays, we have rescued an incredible 70+  pinxter-flower azaleas (Rhododendron periclymenoides/ Rhododendron nudiflorum), a number of native orchids (Tipularia discolor and Goodyera pubescens), untold numbers of native ferns, rivercane, and who knows what else. As stated earlier, this is an interesting 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 to participate!

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

Meet at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 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: 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 1, 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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