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.
Propagation Workshop Set for April 29
Miller Putnam is offering his popular propagation workshop again on Saturday, April 29 from 9am to Noon. This is a hands-on workshop at Miller’s greenhouse, 180 Lakewood Dr., Greenville. You will learn the basics of propagation from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and other techniques. Learn how to propagate plants for your own landscape. You will go home with new skills and some new plants.
The a class limit is 12 and there is a $5 materials fee. Email [email protected] to sign up. Call Miller at 864 325-9700 with questions.
Join us for a program about Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve and and the newly protected Parks Mill site of the endangered Rocky Shoals Spider lily. The speakers are Dan Whitten and Bill Sharpton. (See the special video,“Spider Lilies Preservation Project,” on our website, www.scnps.org)
Stevens Creek HP is a unique relic plant community left over from the last ice age. With a north facing bluff and marble rock, the site includes 15 rare plants, such as bald cypress, lanceleaf trillium, faded trillium, and nodding trillium. Soil with high calcium content creates ideal conditions for these trillium.
The program is free and open to the public. Come at 6:30 pm for refreshments and socializing. The program will start at 7 pm at University Center, Greenville Technical College, 225 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville.
The speaker is Thomas King. Thomas King was hiking in the Upstate before established trails were common place. His book, Waterfall Hikes of the Upstate South Carolina, features 125 waterfall hikes in the mountains of our area.
We will meet in the lower level of Founders Hall Dining Commons on the Southern Wesleyan University Campus. Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.