LOWCOUNTRY: Roots and Shoots Open House – Saturday, October 11

Greetings, Gardeners!
If you missed the Native Plant Society sale on Saturday, you can still catch our Fall Open House.  We have lots of wonderful native shrubs, perennial flowers, vines, and grasses as well as a handful of non-native plants we consider special. Check the website for the current offerings with color pictures. Now is the perfect planting time, so come on over!

Roots and Shoots Open House
8 am to 3 pm.
2196 Pierpont Ave

To get to our backyard nursery,  Roots and Shoots:
1. Take the Glenn McConnell exit from I-526.  You’ll land at a light with Home Depot/McDonalds.
2. Turn right at the light onto Magwood.  Go to the end to where it T’s with Ashley River Rd. (Highway 61)
3. Turn left at the light onto Ashley River Rd.
4. Go through one more light
5. Look for the landmarks for a right turn:  Jiffy Lube on the left and Timbo’s Peanuts and Fireworks/Vegetable stand on the right
6.  Turn right at that intersection onto Pierpont Ave (there’s no light)
7.  Beware! Pierpont turns right in a block or so.  Stay on it.  Follow the curves and look for a little sign on your left that says “The Bluff”
8. Turn left at that sign into our gravel driveway.  You cannot see the house from the road.  2196 Pierpont
*The numbers on the street are crazy.  Ignore them and look for the little sign on your left.
Coming from points north on Highway 61
1. Pass Bees Ferry Rd
2. Cross Church Creek
3. Pass the CVS on your left and begin to look for the landmarks above (#5),
4. Turn Left onto Pierpont then as above

Lynn Meffert and Jane Jabbour
Roots and Shoots Nursery
Perennial Favorites and Native Beauties
2196 Pierpont Ave.
Charleston, SC 29414
843-576-4543 (h)
843-814-4954 (c)

Lowcountry: September Lecture and Plant Sale

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 pm
Biology Auditorium, 101 Duckett Hall, The Citadel
Lecture: André Michaux in the Lowcountry
Jeff Kline, André Michaux Garden Committee

Jeff will discuss French botanist André Michaux (1746-1802) and his lowcountry connections, including the plants he categorized and introduced to SC. In 1786, Michaux established (and maintained for a decade) a botanical garden of 111 acres near what is now Aviation Avenue in N. Charleston. Jeff is a SCNPS member serves on the André Michaux Garden Committee of the Charleston Horticultural Society.

Fall Native Plant Sale!
Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon (Members can start shopping at 8:30)
Parking lot of Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston

Sale to include colorful perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, native grasses, and edibles. Cash, check, or credit card. Admission to the plant sale is free. If exploring CTL on your own, please pay entrance fee at the visitor center. Contact Colette DeGarady for more information: [email protected], 843-937-8807 ext.15.  LowcountryPlantSaleListFall2014

Volunteers Needed: Sea Oat Rescue!

We will be removing approximately 1,000 plants from the footprint of the new nature trail on Sullivan’s Island and transplanting them to the newly re-engineered Folly Beach County Park.  We will begin at 9 am at Station 16 beach path on Sullivan’s Island and the first plants should arrive at Folly around 11am.  Bring shovels to both sites and pruners/scissors to Sullivan’s.  Come to either or both sites and take part in this great opportunity to help the SC Native Plant Society and our County Parks!


Lowcountry: September 17 meeting recap

A big thank you to Billy McCord for providing an informative and entertaining talk about coastal butterflies and native plants!  After the lecture, he was even kind enough to show us how he tags monarch butterflies each fall and how that information is used to help study the migration of these special creatures.

We had a wonderful turnout for the meeting: nearly 70 people in attendance in the Citadel’s Duckett Biology Auditorium.

Here’s a few pictures from the event:

Many members and new faces came out for the first meeting of our 2013-2014 lecture series

Many members and new faces came out for the first meeting of our 2013-2014 lecture series


Billy McCord demonstrating how he uses a tool to help hold the monarch butterflies as he records data and tags them

Billy McCord demonstrating how he uses a tool to help hold the monarch butterflies as he records data and tags them


The first tagged monarch butterfly of the fall migration season!

Billy shows off the first tagged monarch butterfly of the fall migration season!




Lowcountry: Fall Plant Sale Information!

The Lowcountry Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society is pleased to partner with Charles Towne Landing to host our annual fall plant sale on Saturday September 28, 2013.  For information about time, location, and payment methods please see: SCNPSplantsaleflyerFall2013

To help you plan ahead, here (PlantListFall2013) is the list of grasses, trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, palms and perennials we will have available for purchase.  We’re anticipating a great crowd, so come early to shop!




Lowcountry – Spring Native Plant Sale List

Grasses and sedges
Chasmanthium latifolia        River Oats
Dichromena colorata            White topped sedge
Muhlenbergii capilaris          (purple) Sweetgrass

Asimina triloba                         Paw Paw
Callicarpa americana            American Beauty Berry
Calycanthus floridus              Sweetshrub
Chionanthus virginicus        White Fringetree
Conradina canescens            Wild Rosemary
Cornus florida                           Flowering Dogwood
Euonymus americana           Hearts a Bustin
Hydrangea quercifolia         Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hypericum frondosum         Cedarglade St. Johns Wort
Hypericum hypercoides     St Andrews Cross, St Johns Wort
Ilex cassine                               Dahoon Holly
Ilex glabra                                 Inkberry
Illicium parviflorum             Florida Anise, yellow
Itea virginica                           Virginia Willow
Leucothoe axillaris               Coastal Doghobble
Leucothoe racemosa            Fetterbush
Magnolia asheii                       Ashe Magnolia
Morella cerifera                      Wax myrtle
Rhododendron                        Atlanticum Coastal Azalea
Sambucus canadensis          Elderberry
Vaccinium corymbosum     Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium elliottii                 Elliott’s Blueberry
Viburnum obovatum            Walters Viburnum

Bignonia capreolata              Crossvine
Decumaria barabara            Climbing Hydrangea
Gelsemium sempervirens    Carolina Jessamine
Lonicera sempervirens        Coral Honeysuckle
Passiflora incarnata             Passionvine
Wisteria frutescens               American Wisteria

Aquilegia canadensis           Columbine
Asclepias incarnata              Swamp milkweed
Baptisia alba                            White Wild Indigo
Baptisia australis                   False Indigo
Borrichia frutescens              Sea Ox-eye Daisy
Chrysogonum virginia         Green and Gold
Clinopodium georgianum  Georgia Savory
Coreopsis auriculata            Dwarf coreopsis
Coreopsis lanceolata            Tickseed
Crinum americanum             Southern Swamp Lily
Echinacea purpurea              Purple Coneflower
Erythrina herbacea               Coral Bean
Eupatorium purpurea           Joe Pye Weed
Eurybia divaricata                 Wood Aster
Gaillardia pulchella               Gaillardia
Goodyera pubescens             Rattlesnake Plantain

Helianthus angustifolia                      Swamp sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides                      Smooth oxeye
Helianthus microcephalus                Small woodland sunflower
Hibiscus coccineus                               (red and white) Swamp Hibiscus
Hibiscus moschuetos                           Swamp Rose Mallow
Hymenocallis caroliniana                 Spider Lily
Iris crestata                                             Dwarf crested iris
Iris virginiana                                        Blue Flag Iris
Kosteletskya virginica                        Saltmarsh Mallow
Lobelia cardinalis                                 Cardinal Flower
Malvaviscus arboreus                        Turk’s cap mallow
Monarda didyma                                  Bergamot
Monarda punctata                               Horsemint
Oenethera fruticosa                             Narrowleaf Evening Primrose
Penstemon digitalis                              Beard’s Tongue
Phemeranthus calcaricus                  Limestone Fameflower
Phlox stolonifera                                    Creeping Phlox
Physostegia virginiana                       Obedient Plant
Pityopsis graminifolia                         Silver-Leafed Grass
Rhexia virginica                                    Meadow Beauty
Rudbeckia goldsturm                          Brown-eyed susan
Rudbeckia heliopsidis                         Sun Facing Conflower
Rudbeckia maxima                              Great coneflower
Rudbeckia subtomentosa                 Sweet Coneflower ‘Henry Iler’s’
Rudbeckia triloba                                Three-leaved coneflower
Ruellia humilis                                     Wild Petunia (low)
Salvia lyrata                                          Lyre leaf sage
Saururus cernuus                                Lizard’s Tail
Sisyrinchium angustifolium           Blue-eyed grass
Solidago rugosa                                  Fireworks goldenrod
Stokesia laevis                                     Stokes Aster
Symphyotrichum georgianum     Georgia Aster
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii        New York Aster
Tradescantia virginica                    Spiderwort
Viola sororia                                        Violet, common blue
Zephranthese atamasco                  Atamasco lily
Osmunda cinnamomea                      Cinnamon Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides            Christmas Fern
Thelypteris kunthii Southern          ShieldFern
Palms and Yucca
Sabal minor                                             Dwarf palmetto
Yucca aloifolia                                       Spanish Bayonet

*Species subject to change.

Lowcountry Spring Native Plant Sale

The Lowcountry Chapter will be having a plant sale on Saturday March 16th at Charles Towne Landing. 
9 am – 12 noon   (SCNPS members can shop at 8:30 !)
Get your spring planting started! Great selection of native plants and hard-to-find species. Cash or checks only. Admission to the plant sale is free. If you wish to explore Charles Towne Landing on your own, please pay admission in the visitors center.