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Upstate: Speaker Change
May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Upstate Meeting Tues, May 15 Change of speakers.
The Oconee Bell program by Dr. “Chick” Gaddy will be rescheduled, due to illness. Instead, come out and enjoy Upstate President Dan Whitten as he takes us on a visual tour of Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve and the the native plants at the Parks Mill Site, also on Stevens Creek. View photographs taken by Dan and by Bill Sharpton. The 15 rare plants in the Heritage Preserve include the Miccosukee gooseberry, lanceleaf trillium, faded trillium, and nodding trillium.
The Miccosukee gooseberry, Ribes echinellum, is a federally threatened shrub found only in two places hundreds of miles apart. How has it come to survive only in McCormick County and in northern Florida on Lake Miccosukee? One theory claims it is connected to the disappearance of the Mastodon which once inhabited South Carolina. Dan Whitten will tell us about this rare plant and the very special site where it lives.
The Parks Mills site was purchased in 2016 by the SC Native Plant Society and Naturaland Trust with the help of a grant from the SC Conservation Land Bank. It now protects South Carolina’s second largest population of the rare and beautiful Rocky Shoals Spider Lilly and is maintained and administered by the Native Plant Society. In addition to the Spider Lily, the site is rich in other native plants and an historic mill. For the past year, Dan and others have been making monthly visits to the site to catalogue all the native plants growing there. It is an impressive and growing list. Dan’s talk and photos will give you a preview of what you can see on the weekend of May 19-20 at the second open house at the Parks Mill Site. Go to http://scnps.org/news and look at the May 2018 upstate newsletter for details and find out how to register for the open house.
The meeting site is Southern Wesleyan University, in Founders Hall in Dining Commons, 215 Clayton Street, Central,SC. Turn into the campus onto Clayton St. and go left on Wesleyan, then right on Nicholson. Take first left on Simms School Road and then an immediate left into the parking area in front of Dining Commons. (see Campus map at: http://map.swu.edu/ We will be in a room on the lower level. The program starts at 7pm. Arrive at 6:30 for refreshments and socializing. The meeting is free and open to the public.