Upstate Program: Sustainable Landscape
June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Right Plant, Right Place
The Tuesday, June 18th, Upstate meeting features Dr. Ellen Vincent. She will speak on “Native Plants in the Sustainable Landscape,” with an emphasis on using the right plant in the right place. Sustainable landscapes, in general, are ecologically more stable than traditional landscapes and require less inputs such as water, fertilizers and pesticides. Because native plants offer ecosystem benefits that contribute to a healthy multi-layered environment, it would seem that native plants and sustainable landscapes would go hand in hand. They often do; however, just planting natives doesn’t automatically make a landscape sustainable.That’s where Ellen’s mantra, “Right plant, right place,” comes in.
Site and soil analysis, design, installation, and personal preferences all factor into making a successful sustainable landscape.Vincent will explore the topic from social, economic, and environmental perspectives. She will and tease things apart, looking at them in terms of what are the benefits of doing it this way or that way. “It’s complex and it’s messy,” she says, but the results are rewarding! Native ornamental plants will be featured in the presentation with particular emphasis on those that thrive in the sustainable landscape demonstration garden on the Clemson campus. In addition, she will discuss several guiding principles of a sustainable site.
The program will be held at Camperdown Academy at 65 Verdae Commons Dr, (not Verdae Blvd) Greenville. Verdae Commons Dr. is a fairly new road and may not show up on older map programs. If you are on Laurens Road, (276) heading north from I-85, cross E. Parkins Mill/ Verdae Blvd. The next intersection will be Henderson Rd.on left and Verdae Commons Dr. on the right. It is across Laurens Road from Bradshaw Mazda at 2512 Laurens Road. Turn right on Verdae Commons and go about 1/8 mile. Look for Camperdown Academy on the left. If you are heading south on Laurens Road from Pleasantburg Rd, pass Haywood Rd and Woodruff Rd on your left. Look for Bradshaw Mazda on the right. Immediately see Henderson Rd. on the right/Verdae Commons Dr. on the left. Turn left onto Verdae Commons Dr. There is a traffic light. Go about 1/8 mile and look for Camperdown Academy on the left. Look for the SCNPS event signs. You can also put Bradshaw Mazda 2512 Laurens Rd in your map program and that will take you very close to the correct intersection.
The meeting starts at 7pm. Come at 6:30 for socializing and refreshments.