LOWCOUNTRY: December 2014 Holiday Party and Ed Shed clean-up

South Carolina Native Plant Society

Tuesday, December 9, 10 am – 12 noon The Ed Shed, Clemson Coastal Research Center, Hwy 17 South
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – Pre-Holiday Party Ed Shed Spruce-Up
We will be doing some sprucing up before the holiday party. A little weeding, trimming, mulching and hedging. To volunteer, please contact Kim Counts at [email protected] or 722-5940 ext 128.

Tuesday, December 16, 6 – 9 pm, The Ed Shed, Clemson Coastal Research Center, Hwy 17 South
Lowcountry Chapter Holiday Party!
We will be taking our party to the great outdoors again! This year’s event will be hosted in West Ashley at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center’s “Ed Shed.” We will have a roof over our heads, a great fire pit with a roaring fire. It’s a potluck, so bring your favorite dish. We will provide some Lowcountry fare, so come prepared to eat. Bring the family! This facility is across the street from the USDA Vegetable Laboratory on Savannah Highway in West Ashley. If coming from downtown Charleston or 526, pass the USDA Veggie Laboratory on your right, then take your second left (note: the first left is just a simple median cut-through) into the farm entrance. If you hit a school speed zone you have gone too far. Once you have entered the farm, take a left and follow signs to the Ed Shed. For more info, contact Jeff Jackson at [email protected] or 478-5827.

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 ([email protected] 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: [email protected], 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!