The Upstate Native Nursery
Upstate Spring Native Plant Sale
April 2, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm Conestee Park
840 Mauldin Road, Greenville
The sale is a large, in-person style again this Spring at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road in Greenville. The date is Saturday, April 2nd, from 8:30am to 1pm. Early admission at 8:30am is for members only with the general public admitted at 9am. Knowledgeable advisors will be on the sale floor to assist customers with plant selection.
The sale includes a wide selection of native shrubs, trees, perennial wildflowers, ferns, vines, and grasses. Cash, credit, and checks accepted. Visit the website, www.scnps.org, in March for updated information and a list of plants available.
Guest plant vendors and educational exhibits will also be on site, including beekeepers, soil enhancements, books on Native plants and an exotic invasive species public service booth.
Many volunteers are needed to run the sale. We will train you on the various jobs from moving plants, assisting customers, writing up invoices, holding plants while customers continue to shop, and loading plants into vehicles. Click on the volunteer form below to see all the ways and times you can help make the sale a success.
To sign up to volunteer, click here!
To download a flyer to share with friends and neighbors, click here!
To download a list of the plants that will be for sale, click here!
To download a map of the plant sale site, click here!
DIRECTIONS TO THE UPSTATE NATIVE NURSERY:
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 lane around the pond and follow the signs.
ABOUT THE UPSTATE NATIVE NURSERY
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.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
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 Kay Stafford 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].
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). Watch here for details on upcoming sales.