The Lowcountry Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society has published its Fall 2021 Newsletter!
Is your school, community, or organization interested in promoting conservation and native plants? Want to do more to help local wildlife and pollinators? The Lowcountry chapter is excited to announce our 2021 Fall Community Grants Program! This season we are teaming up with the Lowcountry Biodiversity Foundation to provide even more funding for schools and organizations throughout coastal South Carolina. For more information, please review these application forms. Be sure to submit your application no later than September 6th!SCNPS_Lowcountry_CommGrants_Fall2021
South Carolina will become only the second state in the United States to ban the sale of Bradford pear trees and any other pear trees grown on the commonly used Pyrus calleryana rootstock.
The ban on sales of Pyrus calleryana — or Callery pear — and three species of Elaeagnus will begin Oct. 1, 2024.
Bradford pears were once touted as sterile, but it turns out that if pollen from any other Pyrus species gets into Bradford pear flowers, the trees can make viable seeds. Those seeds are then eaten by birds and other animals and spread across the Southeastern landscape, contributing directly to one of the worst invasive plant species in the region — the Callery pear.
Does this mean that homeowners have to cut down a Bradford pear tree or remove the Elaeagnus shrub growing on their property? No, but they are encouraged to do so. In fact, Clemson University runs an annual program where residents can obtain a free, native replacement tree in exchange for cutting down their Bradford pear tree. For more details, see the Clemson Bradford Pear Bounty program.
Not only do Callery pears have nasty thorns that can damage everything from tractor tires to livestock, but they also damage the ecosystem by crowding out native plants while providing little to no food for insects.
The ban on these plants will make them illegal to sell or trade within South Carolina. “There are several ways to attack the problem, and one of those ways is to just stop it from being sold,” Coyle said. “As part of Clemson Extension’s Bradford Pear Bounty program, we’re trying to teach consumers that there are better things to plant and, essentially, teach them not to buy those non-native species. But you can’t reach everyone that way, so we’re trying to come at it from another way and just make it illegal to sell them.”
Noxious weeds are weeds that have been designated by an agricultural or other governing authorities as a plant that is injurious to crops, ecosystems, humans or livestock. To read the full news release, visit Clemson News: Invasive Bradford pear, 3 other species to be banned for sale in SC.
To learn about South Carolina’s other listed species, browse the State Plant Pest List.
If you are unable to view the plant list in this window, click here: https://scnps.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2021-Spring-Plant-Price-List.pdf2021 Spring Plant Price List
Here is the plant list and pricing from the five venders that are participating in the Plant Market on Saturday October 17. Come support our local businesses!Fall-2020-Vendor-Plant-Lists-SCNPS-Native-Plant-Market
Please join us for some excellent lectures and a native plant market!Fall-2020-Newsletter-Part_II
Members will be able to pre-order plants between Tuesday February 23 and Sunday February 28. If you are not a current member, you will need to join on or before Monday February 22 to participate in this pre-order. You can do so online at https://scnps.org/scnps-membership
Here is the list of available plants for members only to pre-order for the Spring 2021 plant sale. Place your order by emailing Sydney Taylor at [email protected] Please put “Spring Native Plant Order” in the subject line, and include your full name and phone number in the message. If someone else will be picking up your order, please include that information too.
For each plant ordered be sure to include:
There is a minimum of 10 plants per order, and a maximum of 25 plants per order. A maximum of 20 orders will be taken. Within two weeks of placing your order, you will receive an email from Sydney Taylor confirming the order and stating the total cost. Note: quantities are not guaranteed. Orders will be filled on a first come, first-served basis. If we reach a maximum capacity, we will stop taking new pre-orders.
You will be able to pickup your pre-ordered plants at Roots and Shoots Nursery (1108 Wappoo Road, Charleston SC, 843-633-1429) from Saturday, March 27 to Friday, April 2 during open hours which is 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Cash or checks made out to “Roots and Shoots Nursery” will be the only payment methods taken.
If you are not able to pick up your order between these dates and times and make payment by cash or check please do not place an order! To pay for your plants at pick-up please bring cash or a check made out to “Roots and Shoots Nursery” for the total cost stated in Sydney’s confirmation email.2021-Spring-Plant-Sale-PRE-ORDER-List-Final
As we finalize plans for the Fall 2020 season, check back for an updated listing of lectures and field trips!Fall-2020-Newsletter-Part_I