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Upstate: Flora of the Green Swamp
March 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The first impression many people have of the Green Swamp is the sight they see while traveling north from Supply or south from Bolton along North Carolina Highway 211 in Brunswick County, North Carolina. It is a place of wild, natural beauty that provides the habitat for many rare plants including native orchids and carnivorous plants. This 2-lane highway cuts through the heart of the Green Swamp Preserve and is a beautiful drive through acres of towering, longleaf pine. Separating many of these pine tree savannahs is a thick, almost impenetrable woodland known as a pocosin or evergreen shrub bog.
In his presentation, Jim will tell us about the environmental structure of the preserve as well as share colorful images of some of the most interesting and beautiful flowers and plants that are found there. He will also tell us what it takes to make it survive.
Jim Fowler was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina. As a child, under the influence of his father and maternal great-grandmother, he developed an interest in nature in general and wildflowers in particular. An independent, self-taught botanist and a former software systems developer, Jim holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson University.
Jim’s writing has appeared in the North American Native Orchid Journal, American Orchid Society’s Orchid magazine, the Native Orchid Conference Journal, South Carolina Native Plant Society’s monthly Newsletter, and numerous other publications. He is the author of Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History, which was published in 2005 by the University of South Carolina Press. His photographic images have appeared in numerous magazines, newsletters, and websites in North America as well as overseas.
Jim’s most recent book is Orchids, Carnivorous Plants, and other Wild Flowers of the Green Swamp, North Carolina. It was published in 2015. His current website is www.jfowlerphotography.com, and he can be reached by email at jimstamp @ aol.com.