On Monday, May 14, from Noon to 3pm members of the Upstate Native Plant Society and Friends of Jocassee are having a joint work day to plant native plants and remove invasive plants in the pollinator and rain gardens at Keowee Toxaway State Park. Come out to see a pollinator and a rain garden and lend your energy to enhancing them. This is part of Spring Water ‘N Wildlife day at the park on Highway 11 near its intersection with hwy 133 in Pickens County. Contact Cathy Reas Foster with questions and to register. <[email protected]>
On Tuesday, May 1, from 10am to Noon, Upstate NPS members and Upstate Master Naturalist Association members will join forces to plant native plants and put beaver cages around existing planted species at a Saluda River site north of Marietta in Greenville County. The project is being done in conjunction with Save Our Saluda and Naturaland Trust.
This eco-agricultural project is to be a model for farming practices near a stream to protect our water resources. Come out to lend a hand and learn how and what to plant along a stream. It will be interesting and rewarding.
Contact Dan Whitten to sign up and for directions. <[email protected]>
David Campbell has worked for Habitat Assessment and Restoration Professionals(HARP), based in Charlotte, since 2003,and he has over 25 years of experience as an Ecologist and Botanist studying the biota of North America, the United Kingdom, and areas of the Neotropics. David has particular expertise in conducting surveys for rare and threatened species throughout the southeastern United States.
Grab your holiday hat and mark you calendar for the Upstate Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 12. Also, grab your map program because we are meeting at a DIFFERENT PLACE in December. We will meet at the Clarion Inn and Suites at 50 Orchard Park Drive, Greenville, SC 29615. It is off Haywood Road where it runs between 385 and Pelham Roads.
This will be an evening of socializing with your current NPS friends and making some new ones. Bring your favorite party finger food to share. NPS will provide the drinks. The book table will be one hand with lots of good selections for your holiday shopping. There are some excellent books for grandchildren!
Judy Seeley, an NPS member and professional storyteller, will offer several stories, one of them a reprise of “The Recipe” in its special edition just for the Native Plant Society. You are challenged to note all the native plants mentioned in the story. A tasty prize hangs in the balance for whoever can remember the most natives. Organize a table to take on the challenge and win a prize. Watch out, Judy can be tricky!
You may also bring native plant seeds from your property to swap with each other or to share with Miller Putman for use in the greenhouse.
Come join the party along with your spouse, significant other, or a friend you want to introduce to the Native Plant Society. Let’s celebrate!
Join trip leader Virginia Meador for a visit to the butterfly garden at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville on Saturday, September 9 at 10:30 am.
Butterfly larva are picky eaters of our native plants. For instance, Monarch Butterfly larva require the undersides of the milkweed family. Come to see the native plants (pawpaw, passion flower and pipevine) installed by the Roper Mountain staff that are needed by larva of specific species of butterflies found in our area. Also, a part of the garden are plants that make an excellent nectar supply for adult butterflies. Bring a sun hat, insect repellent, your field guide, lunch, and plan to enjoy the dining gazebo in the garden after we finish. Recommended is: Peterson First Guides Caterpillars. It is a simple but effective field guide that shows the larva/butterfly and discusses the connection of the larval food plant or plants specific for each butterfly species. Meet in the parking lot on the right just past the Roper Mountain’s gate at 10:30.
This field trip is coordinated to the Upstate NPS annual meeting on Tuesday, September 19. Dr. Sarah Ross will present new research on the Monarch Butterfly and the reasons it is in trouble. Please see more information by clicking on Sept. 19, 2017.
Saturday, August 12, Field Trip to Durant Ashmore’s Native Plants Nursery
The Board of the Lowcountry Chapter of SCNPS is pleased to offer up to $1,000 in grant funds for projects involving protection, preservation, restoration and/or education related to native plants. Please see the attached description for application requirements and deadlines.
The July meeting of the Upstate NPS chapter features Keith Bradley who will give us a look at the rare and unusual native plants of the other end of the state, the Low Country. Bradley was recently asked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to survey and map the rare plants of the national wildlife refuges in the low country, including the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve in Horry County, South Carolina.
The meeting is at Landrum Depot, 211 North Trade, Landrum, SC, starting at 7pm. Arrive at 6:30 for refreshments and socializing before the meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public.