The Upstate Native Nursery




Photo courtesy of The Greenhouse Gang

Directions to the NPS Greenhouse at Kitty and Miller Putnam’s home.

Miller and Kitty Putnam’s home is at 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville 29607.  From I-85, get off at Mauldin Road, exit 46 (exit for Augusta Rd/ 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 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 left turn onto 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 with an “NPS Greenhouse” sign. There are two driveways on either side of a pond visible from the road.  Take the right hand paved lane around the pond and follow the signs.

Miller & Kitty Putnam


The SCNPS Upstate Chapter has conducted plant sales since the late 1980’s, and in 2011 established the Upstate Native Nursery on the estate of Miller & Kitty Putnam.  The UNN has since become a legacy here in the Upstate and plays a vital role within the Society and throughout our Upstate community.  We propagate and grow around 3,500 plants each year, many of which are The UNN is an all-volunteer organization and is organized into several sub-groups for coordination and communication.   We also purchase around 1,500 plants each year from area wholesale growers for resale.

The Greenhouse Gang at work


Meet the volunteers that make it all possible

UNN Steering Committee:  This group of a nine to twelve provide the annual planning, budgetary and operational oversight.

Greenhouse Gang:  This group of tireless volunteers is currently led by Cathy McCurdy  and they propagate seeds, nurture cuttings, divide and up-pot plants year-round, and maintain the plants have optimal growing conditions.  Contact Cathy McCurdy to volunteer at [email protected].

Jon Fritz & Dan Whitten

Sales Team: Twice a year Sales chair Kathy Harrington assembles these members to staff the Spring and Fall sales.  Formerly the sales were a massive 2-day production at Conestee Park, but more recently due to Covid have been held at the UNN.

Our Growers:  May of our members like Diane Creaton, Jon Fritz, Susan Lockridge, Judy Seeley and Tom Simpson grow plants hundred of plants for us at their own nurseries for us.  Occasionally we’ll organize a ‘dig’ at someone’s property, and sometimes they just drop them off at the UNN.

Seed Collection:  This group of folks share insights on when, where and how to collect true SC native seeds, how to clean and store them, and are building a storehouse of seeds and database of knowledge on how to propagate them.


Although anyone can call Sales Team year round to make an appointment to visit the nursery, we conduct two sales ‘events’ each year; one at the beginning of the Spring sowing season (April), and another at the beginning of the Fall sowing season (September-October).   Watch here for details on upcoming sales.