The Lowcountry Chapter of SCNPS is proud to announce the next round of Community Grant Program. There are two separate funding opportunities: one for School Projects (individual award not to exceed $500) and one for Community Projects (individual awards not to exceed $1,000). If you have any questions, please contact Matt Johnson (email address provided in below documents).
SPRING 2022 NATIVE PLANT SALE PRE-ORDER ANNOUNCEMENT
Members will be able to pre-order plants between Tuesday, February 8 – Sunday, February 13. A plant list will be posted on the SCNPS website. If you are not a current member, you will need to join on or before Monday, February 7 or renew membership online at https://scnps.org/scnps-membership on or before Monday, February 7 to participate in this pre-order.
After reviewing the available plant list, you can place your order by emailing Eddie Bernard at [email protected]. Write “Spring Native Plant Order” in the subject line, include your full name and phone number in the message and if not you, who will be picking up your order. Please also include which day you anticipate picking your plants up, either Friday or Saturday. For each plant ordered, please include:
Common and Botanical Name of plant (variety if applicable)
Size of pot
There is a minimum of 10 plants and a maximum of 25 plants per order and a maximum of 20 orders taken. You will receive an email confirming the order and stating the total cost by the end of February. Note: Quantities are not guaranteed. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and if we reach a maximum capacity we will stop taking new pre-orders.
You will be able to pickup your pre-ordered plants at Charles Towne Landing on Friday, March 18 from 12:00pm-1:00pm or Saturday March 19 from 9am to 11am.
Cash or checks made out to “SC Native Plant Society” will be the only payment methods taken on Friday. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted on Saturday.
If you are not able to pick up your order within these dates and times and make payment by noted methods, please do not place an order! Final cost will be provided with confirmation email for order.
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!
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.
Callery pears are an aggressive invasive species with stems and branches possessing large thorns. They can spread by seed or root sprouts and can quickly take over a roadside, old field, pasture, vacant lot, or forest understory.
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.
The noxious weed shrub Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) has sadly been promoted for “wildlife plantings”.
One of the South’s most overplanted trees, per The Southern Living Garden Book.
“I think the impacts of it as it gets out into the natural landscape are pretty evident,” said David Coyle, assistant professor of Forest Health and Invasive Species at Clemson. “Frankly, there are a lot better things that people could put in their yards; there are a lot of good natives they should probably plant instead.”
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.”
Please review the attached documents if you are planning to apply for either a Community Project Grant (up to $1,000) or a School Project Grant (up to $500). Reminder, the deadline for spring 2021 is Friday, February 12!