Upstate Work Day at Sharpton Prairie

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Join us for a short work day at a very special place North of Westminster, SC.  In the foothills of Oconee County, along US Hwy 76, lies a gem of native diversity. It is a long, narrow sliver of native plants, many found in native prairies. Come out for a couple hours of volunteer work and see for yourself what a special spot this is.  Our chapter keeps the site clear of trees and shrubs to maintain the prairie plant community.  In return, Duke energy refrains from spraying the site during their power line maintenance.  It is a win-win situation. In return for an afternoon of work we have the year round chance to view a great variety of native plants and collect seeds from a local source.
Participants should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and gloves, bring hand pruners and /or loppers.  The pull-off parking area across the road from the site is limited. Meet at Ingles parking lot at 1:15pm in Westminster to carpool to the site. Email Dan <[email protected]>for info.

Upstate Fall Plant Sale

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The Upstate FAll PLANT SALE will be held October 14 and 15, 9am to 2pm each day.  This year, the Fall Sale will help kick off the first ever statewide Native Plant Week!  We will have the Fall Sale at the greenhouse/nursery located at Kitty and Miller Putnam’s house over the 14-15 weekend, followed by Native Plant Week, Oct. 16 – 20.

Fall is the very best time to plant.  More plants put in in the fall reach their second year than do plants planted in the Spring.  The Greenhouse committee has been working hard all summer refilling our inventory for the Fall Sale.  To download a PDF listing the plant inventory that will be available, click here.

The greenhouse is at a private home where parking is limited.  Please carpool if possible.

There will be a wide selection of trees, shrubs, vines, native wildflowers and some ferns and grasses.  You may pay by check, cash, or credit card.

The greenhouse is at 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville 29607.  From I-85, get off at Mauldin Road, exit 46 (exit for So. Carolina 291/Pleasantburg Dr., Mauldin Rd.)  Mauldin is actually exit 46C.  Go south on Mauldin Rd. for 3.0 miles.   Once you pass Conestee park sport complex on the right (where we hold the spring plant sales) and Conestee Lake Road on the right, look for Lakewood Dr (small street only on right) Turn right on Lakewood.  (If you miss it, go to next street/stop light which is Conestee Rd. and turn right.  That will bring you back to Lakewood)  On Lakewood go 0.4 miles to 180 on the right.

The mail box numbering jumps a little and is not easy to see.  Putnams have dual mail boxes and a split driveway.  There is a sign for Native Plant Society Greenhouse attached to the mail box posts.  There is a pond visible from the road.  We usually go in the right hand drive around the pond and come out the opposite driveway.   Parking will be tight.  Look for a parking volunteer to help you find a spot.

IN ADDITION TO THE FALL SALE
In September we are repeating the “Online Pre-Sale” that was very popular after the Spring Sale, where we ran out of Azaleas the first hour!   In this special “pre-sale” you can order shrubs, mostly azaleas, pay for them on Pay Pal.  If you place a pre-sale order by October 6, we can guarantee that the plants you want will be waiting for you. Pre-ordered plants will be available for you to pick up at the Fall Sale  (14-15 October) and several subsequent pickup days.  If you would like a list of the pre-sale shrubs and trees available, email or call Miller Putnam at 864 325 9700 or [email protected]  Orders for the pre-sale must be placed by OCT. 6.

Upstate Fall plant sale at greenhouse

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The Upstate FAll PLANT SALE will be held October 14 and 15, 9am to 2pm each day.  This year, the Fall Sale will help kick off the first ever statewide Native Plant Week!  We will have the Fall Sale at the greenhouse/nursery located at Kitty and Miller Putnam’s house over the 14-15 weekend, followed by Native Plant Week, Oct. 16 – 20.

Fall is the very best time to plant.  More plants put in in the fall reach their second year than do plants planted in the Spring.  The Greenhouse committee has been working hard all summer refilling our inventory for the Fall Sale.  To download a PDF listing the plant inventory that will be available, click here.

The greenhouse is at a private home where parking is limited.  Please carpool if possible.

There will be a wide selection of trees, shrubs, vines, native wildflowers and some ferns and grasses.  You may pay by check, cash, or credit card.

The greenhouse is at 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville 29607.  From I-85, get off at Mauldin Road, exit 46 (exit for So. Carolina 291/Pleasantburg Dr., Mauldin Rd.)  Mauldin is actually exit 46C.  Go south on Mauldin Rd. for 3.0 miles.   Once you pass Conestee park sport complex on the right (where we hold the spring plant sales) and Conestee Lake Road on the right, look for Lakewood Dr (small street only on right) Turn right on Lakewood.  (If you miss it, go to next street/stop light which is Conestee Rd. and turn right.  That will bring you back to Lakewood)  On Lakewood go 0.4 miles to 180 on the right.

The mail box numbering jumps a little and is not easy to see.  Putnams have dual mail boxes and a split driveway.  There is a sign for Native Plant Society Greenhouse attached to the mail box posts.  There is a pond visible from the road.  We usually go in the right hand drive around the pond and come out the opposite driveway.   Parking will be tight.  Look for a parking volunteer to help you find a spot.

IN ADDITION TO THE FALL SALE
In September we are repeating the “Online Pre- Sale” that was very popular after the Spring Sale, where we ran out of Azaleas the first hour!   In this special “pre-sale” you can order shrubs, mostly azaleas, pay for them on Pay Pal. If you place a pre-sale order by October 3, we can guarantee that the plants you want will be waiting for you. Pre-ordered plants will be available for you to pick up at the Fall Sale  (14-15 October) and several subsequent pickup days.  If you would like a list of the pre-sale shrubs and trees available, email or call Miller Putnam at 864 325 9700 or [email protected]  Orders for the pre-sale must be placed by OCT. 3.

Upstate Meeting: Wildflowers of Georgia

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The monthly meeting of the Upstate Chapter features Linda Chafin.  Like us, Linda has a passion for plants. She will present her knowledge of native flora which grows in the similar habitats found in Georgia and South Carolina.
Chafin is the Conservation Botanist with the Science and Conservation Program at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, in Athens. At the Garden, she teaches botany classes, conducts plant and natural community inventories, and writes articles and books about Georgia’s native plants. She also works with the Botanical Garden’s “Certificate in Native Plants” program where she teaches classes in tree and wildflower identification.
The program starts at 7pm with refreshments and socializing at 6:30 at Founders Hall in Dining Commons, Southern Wesleyan University, Central.

Upstate Field Trip: Time Travel the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Wednesday, April 26, Time Travel to the Blue Ridge Parkway • Black Balsam, 9:00 to 3pm
Leader: Rick Huffman
Itinerary: Field trip will depart from Holly Springs Grocery at the junction of SC 178 and Highway 11. We will carpool through Rosman and up to the Parkway. We will have lunch at Black Balsam, returning  around 3pm.  Bring your lunch and drink.
Hike: Short and Moderate. Dress for cooler weather.
Narrative: We are blessed to live so close to the timeless treasure called the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our
journey begins in Pickens county and climbs 4 thousand feet up and over the Blue Wall through Rosman, North Carolina. Our journey will carry us through 400 million years of geological time. We will go from temperate spring back to early spring alpine-like conditions. Mile by mile we will see a  procession of plants that reflect the geological past and changes in elevation.
To reserve space, email Virginia by April 23 at <[email protected]> and include a cell
phone number for last minute information

Upstate Native Plant Sale

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SCNPS_UpstateSpringPlantSale2017 The Upstate Spring Native Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9am to 1pm at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC.  The site is just a three minute drive south of I-85.

A  variety of native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, ferns, and grasses will be available, including some hard to find species.  Native Azaleas will be featured at the sale.  Cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

The sale also includes guest vendors Natives, By George, Carnivorous Plants, Carolina Wild, Earthen Organics, Natives Plus Nursery, Natures Organics, and Wildside Garden.  In addition, Dr. Jan Haldeman will be on hand to give information on and show samples of non-native invasive plants.  A fine selection of books on native plants will be available for purchase.

Landscaping with native plants supports insects, including pollinators, and the birds who feed on them.  Go native this year to add beauty and  variety to your landscape.

 

map to site of Upstate Plant Sale at Conestee ParkTo volunteer to help with the Sale, click here!

To download a flyer (with a map) to share with others, click here!

To download a list of plants that the Society will have for sale, click here!
(This doesn’t include what the vendors will be bringing!)

Upstate Field Trip to Nine Times Preserve

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Thursday, June 2, Field Trip to Nine
Times Preserve, Pickens County
Leader: Rick Huffman
Nine Times Preserve is located just off Cherokee Scenic Highway 11 and minutes west of Table Rock SP. With approximately three miles of trails, this preserve offers a great opportunity to take winding hikes along rushing creeks, through hardwood forests, as headwater streams course down nearby ravines and across mountain glades.
Meet at Holly Springs store upper parking lot, Hwys 11 & 178, at 10:30.  We’ll organize and make our way to the site. Lunch and water/drinks are recommended along with regular hiking gear. To register, email <[email protected]>. Include cell number if you wish to carpool. Questions? Email or call (864) 468-4160.
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Upstate Field trip: Stevens Creek HP

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Saturday, Apr 2, Field Trip to Stevens Creek HP, McCormick County
Meet at 8:30am at Home Depot, 1339 S.Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville,
OR 11:00am at the trailhead, 1355 Garrett Road,Clarks Hill, SC 29821.
Leader: Bill Bostwick, DNR

Spring in the Stevens Creek Preserve is a time of spectacular floral displays, including species of trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, hepatica, trout lily, bloodroot, saxifrage, false rue anemone, and spiny gooseberry, just to name a few. We will hike about two miles on a loop trail generally not difficult except for a new portion with a few, short steep areas. If it has rained recently, boots are recommended. Bring water and your lunch.

To register, email <[email protected]> as soon as possible. Include cell number and if you wish to carpool.
Questions? Call (864) 468-4160
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Upstate field trip: Station Cove Falls and Oconee bells

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Join trip leader Dan Whitten on Saturday, March 26, for a trip to Devils Fork State Park to view  oconee bells in bloom and then to Station Creek Cove Falls for other early wildflowers.  We will meet at Devils Fork, 161 Holcombe Cr | Salem, SC 29676 at the Oconee Bell Loop Trailhead on the south side of the park.  We meet at 9:30 am.  There is a state park fee of $2.00 adults, $1.25 South Carolina seniors.   The loop trail is 1 miles long.  Next we car pool to Station Cove and Creek botanical area.  The falls areDanWhitten_895 a spectacular 60 feet high. This hike through a beautiful cove forest is .75miles to the falls, making it 1.75miles total distance.  Difficulty rating for both hikes is easy. Plan to bring a lunch water/drink, and a camera.  Estimated time duration for the hike is 9:30-2:30.  This is a pair of hikes you do not want to miss!

Upstate: Field trip to Pearson’s Falls

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Wednesday, Mar 23, Field trip to Pearson Falls, 2748 Pearson Falls Rd., Saluda, NC 28773.  Meet there at 10:00am.  Cost is $5.00 per person.  There is an annual pass available.  Leader: Virginia Meador

There is a gentle .25 mile climb along the trail’s whole length, though it is never steep. Watch for occasional loose rocks, roots, and wet areas.  Walking Fern, ( Asplenium rhizophyllum) is one of the rarities due to the neutral soil in this glen.  We will also explore looking for interesting plants that can also be found outside the gate and along the public road.

Please email me at [email protected] to sign up.  Questions: 864-468-4160, I’ll return your call.