The Upstate Native Nursery


We know from all of the inquiries you’ve sent that interest is running very high for a Fall Native Plant Sale. So (drum roll!), without further ado, we’re announcing the SCNPS Fall Plant sale!

These are the important dates to remember:

  • September 17th: Volunteer Appreciation Day. Volunteers working the sale get to shop first!
  • September 18, 20-23rd: SCNPS members only. Orders open online on the 17th (to be pulled on or after the 18th) and members will be notified when orders can be picked up.
  • September 24th-October 16th: Open to all. Orders open online on the 23rd (to be pulled on or after the 24th) and customers will be notified when orders can be picked up.

As you can see, the first day, when all the plants are at their best with the deepest inventory, is set aside for the plant sale volunteers only. This is a new incentive to tempt members to come out and volunteer to work two or more shifts at the sale. Shifts are 4 hours long and training is provided. All you need is a smart phone and a desire to save the Earth one plant at a time.

The benefits of fall planting are many:

  • Roots, roots, roots! When it comes to a plant’s health, it’s all about the roots. Fall planting gives a plant, tree or shrub plenty of time to develop their root system before the first frost.
  • Free watering! One of the best benefits of fall planting is the cool, rainy days for your newly planted beauties.
  • Less stress for both you and your new plants. Fall’s cool air provides a nice buffer from the summer heat and it’s easier to plant in cooler air.
  • Warm soil. The soil will be warmer in the fall than in the spring. The tops may be getting ready to snooze but the roots will get set up to go through the winter and will come up in the spring ready to go.

So, please mark your calendars and join us for another wonderful Native Plant Society sale at the Upstate Native Nursery (UNN). Appointments will be available for on site visits. This will still be a virtual sale with contact-less pickup as in the last two sales. You must be a member by September 11th, 2021 in order to qualify for the members only period. Questions? Contact Kathy Harrington at [email protected] or send us an email from the SCNPS website  or send to [email protected].

We hope to see orders from all of you. The volunteers have worked very hard all summer to keep the plants in tiptop shape for the Fall sale. Many hours of propagation, germination, potting, pruning, weeding, mowing, maintaining and brainstorming have gone on to make this the best sale ever!


  • We will continue to practice Covid safety during the 2021 Fall Sale and all orders must made in advance and/or by appointment to visit the nursery.   Please follow the following process:
  • View the Plant Price List online and then send an e-mail to the Contact Us address ([email protected]) with the plant name, size and quantity you wish to purchase



  1. In the Plant Sales section, you’ll see “Contact Us.” This is where you enter your order, and it will be sent directly to the Upstate SCNPS plant sale team. You will also see a link to the most current list of available plants and their prices. Please make your order up from this list. You can also place your order by emailing Kathy Harrington at [email protected] Email is preferred so no mistakes are made while entering your order.
  2. Your order will be entered into the Square system that is used by NPS. Availability will be checked. Any apparent issues will be emailed back to you for a decision. An “Estimate” will then be emailed to you for more adjustments or final approval.
  3. ” Approve” the estimate! Then the order will be pulled in the order received. When the volunteer is done, they will send you an “Invoice.” You can then pay the invoice (preferably by credit card), and the order will be ready for a contactless pick up any time after that at your convenience. Remember…when you get the Invoice, the order has already been pulled. Pay and pick up!
  4. Pickup is at the UNN (Upstate Native Nursery) at 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. If you would like to browse when you come to pick up your order, you must make an appointment. Contact Kathy via email to schedule. No appointment is needed to pick up an order that is ready…just drive up to the staging area, find your order and take it home. Masks and social distancing are mandatory, both for volunteers and customers. Safety is our number one concern!

At any point in the process, you are encouraged to email or call Kathy Harrington at 864-310-1144 with questions or comments.



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 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 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].

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).   Watch here for details on upcoming sales.

Contact Us:  [email protected]