LOWCOUNTRY: October 2014 Lecture and Field Trip

LECTURE Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 pm

Biology Auditorium, 101 Duckett Hall at The Citadel

From Seeds to Shoreline

Elizabeth Vernon Bell, Marine Education Specialist with the SC Sea Grant Consortium

From Seeds to Shoreline (S2S) is currently the only student-driven salt marsh restoration program in South Carolina, coordinated by the SC Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with Clemson University Extension and the SC Department of Natural Resources. This presentation will highlight how students and teachers become involved in the cultivation and transplantation of Spartina alterniflora, the dominant plant in southeastern salt marshes. http://www.scseagrant.org/


FIELD TRIP Saturday, October 25, 9:30 am – 1 pm     

Folly Beach County Park

Native Plants and Their Roles in Maritime Systems

Mary Conley, Southeast Marine Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy

Beach and marsh vegetation has an important role in maintaining our coastalsystems – securing sediments, filtering water, providing habitat and protecting upland communities. Come join Mary Conley from The Nature Conservancy as we look closely at an island system in flux. We will also see the effects of this past winter’s sea oat rescue and see how the beach renourishment is working out. Meet at the Folly Beach County Park parking lot, at the southwest end of Folly Beach. Contact Jeff Jackson (lowcountryroots@aol.com or 478-5827) for more info. http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=61

LOWCOUNTRY: Roots and Shoots Open House – Saturday, October 11

Greetings, Gardeners!
If you missed the Native Plant Society sale on Saturday, you can still catch our Fall Open House.  We have lots of wonderful native shrubs, perennial flowers, vines, and grasses as well as a handful of non-native plants we consider special. Check the website for the current offerings with color pictures. Now is the perfect planting time, so come on over!

Roots and Shoots Open House
8 am to 3 pm.
2196 Pierpont Ave

To get to our backyard nursery,  Roots and Shoots:
1. Take the Glenn McConnell exit from I-526.  You’ll land at a light with Home Depot/McDonalds.
2. Turn right at the light onto Magwood.  Go to the end to where it T’s with Ashley River Rd. (Highway 61)
3. Turn left at the light onto Ashley River Rd.
4. Go through one more light
5. Look for the landmarks for a right turn:  Jiffy Lube on the left and Timbo’s Peanuts and Fireworks/Vegetable stand on the right
6.  Turn right at that intersection onto Pierpont Ave (there’s no light)
7.  Beware! Pierpont turns right in a block or so.  Stay on it.  Follow the curves and look for a little sign on your left that says “The Bluff”
8. Turn left at that sign into our gravel driveway.  You cannot see the house from the road.  2196 Pierpont
*The numbers on the street are crazy.  Ignore them and look for the little sign on your left.
Coming from points north on Highway 61
1. Pass Bees Ferry Rd
2. Cross Church Creek
3. Pass the CVS on your left and begin to look for the landmarks above (#5),
4. Turn Left onto Pierpont then as above

Lynn Meffert and Jane Jabbour
Roots and Shoots Nursery
Perennial Favorites and Native Beauties
2196 Pierpont Ave.
Charleston, SC 29414
843-576-4543 (h)
843-814-4954 (c)

Lowcountry: September Lecture and Plant Sale

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 pm
Biology Auditorium, 101 Duckett Hall, The Citadel
Lecture: André Michaux in the Lowcountry
Jeff Kline, André Michaux Garden Committee

Jeff will discuss French botanist André Michaux (1746-1802) and his lowcountry connections, including the plants he categorized and introduced to SC. In 1786, Michaux established (and maintained for a decade) a botanical garden of 111 acres near what is now Aviation Avenue in N. Charleston. Jeff is a SCNPS member serves on the André Michaux Garden Committee of the Charleston Horticultural Society.

Fall Native Plant Sale!
Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon (Members can start shopping at 8:30)
Parking lot of Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston

Sale to include colorful perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, native grasses, and edibles. Cash, check, or credit card. Admission to the plant sale is free. If exploring CTL on your own, please pay entrance fee at the visitor center. Contact Colette DeGarady for more information: cdegarady@tnc.org, 843-937-8807 ext.15.  LowcountryPlantSaleListFall2014

Volunteers Needed: Sea Oat Rescue!

We will be removing approximately 1,000 plants from the footprint of the new nature trail on Sullivan’s Island and transplanting them to the newly re-engineered Folly Beach County Park.  We will begin at 9 am at Station 16 beach path on Sullivan’s Island and the first plants should arrive at Folly around 11am.  Bring shovels to both sites and pruners/scissors to Sullivan’s.  Come to either or both sites and take part in this great opportunity to help the SC Native Plant Society and our County Parks!


Lowcountry: September 17 meeting recap

A big thank you to Billy McCord for providing an informative and entertaining talk about coastal butterflies and native plants!  After the lecture, he was even kind enough to show us how he tags monarch butterflies each fall and how that information is used to help study the migration of these special creatures.

We had a wonderful turnout for the meeting: nearly 70 people in attendance in the Citadel’s Duckett Biology Auditorium.

Here’s a few pictures from the event:

Many members and new faces came out for the first meeting of our 2013-2014 lecture series

Many members and new faces came out for the first meeting of our 2013-2014 lecture series


Billy McCord demonstrating how he uses a tool to help hold the monarch butterflies as he records data and tags them

Billy McCord demonstrating how he uses a tool to help hold the monarch butterflies as he records data and tags them


The first tagged monarch butterfly of the fall migration season!

Billy shows off the first tagged monarch butterfly of the fall migration season!




Lowcountry: Fall Plant Sale Information!

The Lowcountry Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society is pleased to partner with Charles Towne Landing to host our annual fall plant sale on Saturday September 28, 2013.  For information about time, location, and payment methods please see: SCNPSplantsaleflyerFall2013

To help you plan ahead, here (PlantListFall2013) is the list of grasses, trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, palms and perennials we will have available for purchase.  We’re anticipating a great crowd, so come early to shop!




SC Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference on Sept 12th, please come! Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill

The SC Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference is rapidly approaching (Sept 12th). Tomorrow is the last day for EARLY REGISTRATION, so act now! There will be some great speakers as well as  Continuing Education Units Offered (CEUs): Continuing Forestry Credit, SC Pesticide License Re-certification Credit,Certified Arborist, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist.

The conference will be held at the beautiful Anne Springs Gateway in Fort Mill, SC, see the agenda below.  You can register online at Http://www.se-eppc.org/southcarolina/  Please bring your personal refillable water bottle and coffee mug to help reduce waste. We’ll see you there! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Anne Springs Close Greenway
841 Springfield Pkwy, Fort Mill, SC 29715
From 9 am to 330 pm


Registration Fee: $40 per person (includes lunch and all confer-ence activities). Deadline to register is September 4, 2013. Regis-tration received after Sept. 4, 2013 is $50.

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Refreshments
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ben Powell, SC-EPPC President
Current and Emerging Threats

9:45 – 10:15 Battling the Green Menace: An Attempt at Kudzu Removal and Replacement
Dr. Wade Worthen, Furman University

10:15 – 10:45 Restoring Giant Cane
Carrie Miller, USDA Forest Service
10:45 – 11:00 BREAK

10:30 – 11:00 Scrub Oak Removal and Native Vegetation Restoration in Hitchcock Woods, Aiken Co.
Gary Burger, SC Dept. of Natural Resources

11:30 – 12:00 Monitoring Wildlife Use of Invasive Plant Restoration Sites
Dan Hill, Kalmia Gardens at Coker College
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00- 1:45 EPPC business meeting, open forum, and field trip logistics

1:45 – 3:30 The Anne Springs Close Greenway Field Trip
Bill Steele, Leroy Springs & Co. Inc.
(Field trip will visit a restored Piedmont Prairie and sites in various stages of management for Kudzu, Privet, Silverthorn, Bush Honeysuckle, Chinaberry, Stilt Grass and several others)