Silent Auction donations needed for 2014 SCNPS Conference

Please help SCNPS by donating items for the SILENT AUCTION as part of the upcoming 2014 conference on the campus of The Historic Penn Conference Center Beaufort County (Dates: October 31-November 2, 2014). 

We are requesting that members consider donating and bringing items that can be sold in the silent auction at the conference in order to raise money towards conference expenses and to support activities of the Society; as well as for the fun of it!  If anyone has an item or can acquire a donated item, please contact me (Sudie) with the item details prior to the conference and plan to bring the item to the Penn Center for the auction (auction will be Saturday evening, but items can be on display starting Friday evening).  Please only bring items (or groups/baskets of items) with a value of over $25.  Item ideas include plants (as always!), artwork, books, gardening tools or materials, birding/hiking/outdoor adventure equipment or gadgets, gourmet/local/homemade food or drink (jams, relishes, honey, coffee, etc.), donated vacations/guided tours, hikes, paddle trips, etc., botany tools (plant press, hand lens?).  Items with values less than $25 can be grouped together for a higher value.

All I need ahead of time is the item name and/or short description, person donating, monetary value estimate, and then later for the item (s) to be brought to the conference.  Thanks!!!

Sudie Daves Thomas; Tel: 803-664-0806; [email protected]

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

Keep ’em Coming!

The unidentified plant images are coming in much more quickly because of the arrival of Spring!  I’ll try to keep up with identifying them all…

I hope you all will look at them and enjoy!

–Steve Hill

Plant identifications?


I just want to remind everyone that I am still available to attempt to identify any plants you may have from a digital image, here on this site. It has been slow this last year!  If you do not wish to put the image on our site, you can still send it to me privately at [email protected], and let me know if you want the answer to be private or not [you can also indicate that if you want to send it to the site].  I used to do all of them by email, and this current site was just a faster way to do it at times  – but I like to try to identify plants of most kinds on or off the site [not mushrooms, mosses, algae or other non-vascular plants, however] and you are welcome to send images to me.

I enjoy a challenge.

–Steve Hill [Ph.D Botanist]  SCNPS


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!