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April Upstate General Chapter Meeting

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Adam Begelow

Adam Bigelow: “Native Plants for the Vegetable Garden”

Adam Bigelow, a seasoned horticulturist and botanist based in Cullowhee, NC, has dedicated over two decades to the study of Southern Appalachia’s diverse plant and wildflower species. In his talk with us this month he will cover the importance and impacts of using Native Plants in our landscapes and gardens, and how most every role of a plant in a garden could be filled by a Native Plant that also helps benefit the ecosystem and surrounding environment.


Adam Bigelow is the passionate owner and operator of Bigelow’s Botanical Excursions. Adam leads eco-friendly guided plant walks throughout Western North Carolina, sharing his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for the region’s flora. An advocate for sustainable gardening, he founded the Cullowhee Community Garden, fostering a space for organic cultivation and environmental education.

Beyond his gardening endeavors, Adam plays a crucial role on the planning committee of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference. Esteemed as one of the oldest and largest conferences of its kind in the United States, it benefits from his long-standing involvement and expertise. Adam’s commitment to the conference underscores his dedication to the preservation and appreciation of native plants.

Residing at an elevation of 3,600 feet, Adam’s home is nestled among the native plants and wildflowers that fuel his passion. He shares this botanical haven with his dog, Magnolia fraseri, and two cats, Hazel Alder and Silky Willow, reflecting his deep connection to the natural world.


Meeting Information

April 16, 2024
In person social time starts at 6:30PM
ZOOM opens at 6:50 for announcements
Presentation at 7PM
Kroc Center Greenville
424 Westfield St, Greenville, SC 29601