2016 SCNPS State Symposium


Join us for the 2016 South Carolina Native Plant Society Symposium!

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The last day to register is September 26th! For information about the symposium or registration questions contact: scnpsreginfo@gmail.com.


The 2016 SC Native Plant Society Symposium will be held at Clemson University on October 7 – 9, 2016.  This year the SCNPS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and the theme for the symposium is Native Plants Connect Communities.  In keeping with this theme, the SCNPS is very pleased to have the South Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of South Carolina cosponsor this event, connecting three of our state’s premier botanical and conservation organizations.

We have an exciting lineup of speakers, workshops, field trips and fun fellowship events planned.  Our keynote speakers will be Drs. Patrick McMillan and Drew Lanham.  Patrick is Director of the SC Botanical Garden, Bob Campbell Geology Museum & Clemson Experimental Forest and host of the Emmy Award-winning nature show Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. Drew is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson, a widely published author and popular speaker whose focus is translating conservation science to a broad spectrum of audiences.

Symposium programs will be held the South Carolina Botanical Garden and the Madren Conference Center, along with many workshops and field trips on the Clemson campus and at special sites in the Clemson area.


  • Water service will be available. Please be environmentally friendly and bring your own reusable bottle.
  • Box lunches will be provided for field trip participants.
  • All meals will be buffet style with vegetarian options available.
  • The weather at the Madren Center can be much different from the higher mountain elevations of some of the Saturday filed trips, so bring some layers of clothes and rain gear. All field trips generally will involve hiking on maintained trails or walkable terrain. However, these trails can be rustic, contain irregularities, and have their ups and downs. Wear appropriate foot gear for comfort and safety. Bring your walking stick if you use one; bring binoculars if you have them.


*Clemson University’s James F. Martin Inn
(864) 654-9020
240 Madren Center Drive
$115 through Sept. 7

*Comfort Inn Clemson
(864) 653-3600
1305 Tiger Boulevard
$84 as long as rooms are available

Courtyard Clemson
(864) 654-8833
201 Canoy Lane

*Days Inn Clemson
(864) 653-4411
1387 Tiger Boulevard
$75 through Sept. 14

Hampton Inn Clemson
(864) 653-7744
851 Tiger Boulevard

*Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clemson
(864) 654-9410
1381 Tiger Boulevard
$109 through Sept. 14

*Hotel Tillman
(864) 643-2070
1303 Tiger Boulevard
$95 through Sept. 14

* An asterisk indicates that this hotel is offering a special rate to Symposium attendees. To receive this rate, please advise them that you are participating in the Native Plant Society Symposium.