Read the latest edition of Upstate Happenings, including information on the plant sale, upcoming events, field trips, and more!
The SCNPS Native Plant Nursery List features nurseries, garden centers, and seasonal non-profit plant sales that emphasize native plants, organized by region.
If you would like to bookmark this list for future reference, we recommend bookmarking this page instead (and scrolling down to the “Retail Nurseries in South Carolina” section at the bottom of the page) to ensure that you’re always viewing the most up-to-date version of this resource.
Upstate Annual Meeting: Doug Tallamy Special Speaker
September 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Upstate Annual Meeting: Nature’s Best Hope
Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must take to reverse declining biodiversity, why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one, and why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
Douglas Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. His sequel to Bringing Nature Home is Nature’s Best Hope.His presentation to the SCNPS on September 21, 2021 will be based on this book in which he outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Douglas Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He has taught courses in insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, humans and nature, and insect ecology.
By Doug Lockard 04Sept21
With 16% growth over the past 10 years, and a prediction of 150,000 additional people by 2040, Greenville County has some significant challenges facing it. That balance between economics and conservation that makes Greenville such a desirable place to live will only become more difficult to attain if action isn’t taken now. Our community needs leaders to step up and steer things in a positive direction, and we, the people, must speak up to prevent the irrevocable loss of natural land and assure conservation of our quality of life for generations to come.
In 2018, Greenville County enacted the Land and Development Regulation ‘Article 3.1’ which was well-intended to provide address the lack of rural conservation design standards in the then current land development regulations. Developers, landowners and Councilmembers have been fighting over it ever since.
The most recent version of a revised Article 3.1 passed in June with a 7-5 vote by the Greenville County Council weakened the regulation, allow developers to set aside even less than 30% of land in new subdivisions as was recommended by the county’s planning staff. It creates a sliding scale ranging from no open-space requirement for subdivisions with 2-acre lots to a 25% open-space requirement in new housing communities with half-acre lots. It also removed a requirement for developers to widen county roads near new subdivisions.
So why is this important to the SCNPS? Preventing the loss of native habitat that is critical to our wildlife, our rare and threatened native plants, and our own quality of life is part of the SCNPS mission statement.
The next step will be a public hearing at County Council on a date to be determined. What can you do? First, be aware of the issues and then communicate with your elected representatives to let them know what you think.
Voting in favor of the Article 3.1 changes: Ernest Fant, Willis Meadows, Mike Barnes, Chris Harrison, Xanthene Norris, Steve Shaw and Stan Tzouvelekas. Dissenting votes were cast by Lynn Ballard, Joe Dill, Dan Tripp, Butch Kirven and Liz Seman.
by Doug Lockard 04Sept21
In an effort to realize the goals of Greenville County’s recently updated Comprehensive Plan, the County Council voted unanimously in December 2020 to establish this new trust fund. This Trust is intended to help permanently protect Greenville’s natural and historic assets for residents, visitors, and future generations.
The Trust will be overseen by a Council-appointed board and has named Doug Harper a chair. Harper said “This Trust will bring critical additional resources to Greenville County from State and Federal Programs, individuals and non-profit organizations. Having a local public funding source is an important criterion when seeking outside grants and funding. This is an investment in our future that will pay big dividends. Besides protecting and enhancing our quality of life, it will help us recruit businesses and good jobs that seek areas with a strong conservation ethic and access to nature. The Council was wise to adopt this ordinance.”
In April 2021, a motion for $10 million seed money for the initial 2-year funding was put to the Board. Carlton Owen, the Trust’s vice chairman, said of the request “In this first two years, let’s show what we can do.” Unfortunately, when the budget was approved in June 2021, no funding was provided for the new Trust. Without funding, the Trust Board will be unable to fulfill the very mission it was created for – to conserve those natural areas most important to wildlife and people.
Then in July, the County Council approved $2 million seed money for the first 2 years. Disappointing, but at least it’s a start. As the pace of growth continues unabated, we’ll lose forever incremental opportunities to implement the kind of conservation programs that will ensure Greenville remains the great community it is today.
We wish all the best to Harper, Owen and the team!
To all members…the time is drawing near for the upcoming Fall Plant Sale starting September 17th. Please consider donating a couple of shifts of your time to make this sale a resounding success. There are many plants that will need your efforts to get them out into the community. All it takes is a smartphone and the determination to save the Upstate, one plant at a time! Please contact Kathy Harrington at either [email protected] or at her cell 864-310-1144. You’ll get lots of good feelings and a guaranteed endorphin rush from helping your Society during the sale. Thank you so much!
Pickens Native Plant Garden Special Work Morning
These Native Plant Garden Volunteers NEED YOUR HELP!
Special Saturday Work Day at Native Plant Garden in Downtown Pickens
Volunteer for a one-time rescue work day at the Native plant garden at the Pickens County Museum at 307 Johnson St, Pickens, SC 29671. Rain cancelled recent regular work days but the plants (including weeds) loved it and are now “out of hand”!. This garden is a long-term project of the South Carolina Native Plant Society, Master Gardeners of the Foothills, and the Upstate Master Naturalists Association, but our little band of regular volunteers is currently overwhelmed.
Join us on Saturday, September 11, 8:30 to 11:30am, with Sept. 18 as the rain date. Bring gloves, hat, water, shovels (narrow blade best), pruners, weeders, and lots of energy to help whip the garden back into shape. With the Covid virus re-surging, please wear a mask and keep a social distance. This beautiful garden is worth your rescue efforts. As a bonus, there may be excess native plants for you to rescue and take home. Contact Carol Asalon at [email protected] for more information or to volunteer.
HELP MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THIS AGAIN!
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
Upstate Fall Native Plant Sale 2021
September 18 @ 8:00 am – October 16 @ 5:00 pm
We know from all of the inquiries you’ve sent that interest is running very high for a Fall Native Plant Sale. So (drum roll!), without further ado, we’re announcing the SCNPS Fall Plant sale! These are the important dates to remember:
· September 17th: Volunteer Appreciation Day. Volunteers working the sale get to shop first!
· September 18, 20-23rd: SCNPS members only. Orders open online on the 17th (to be pulled on or after the 18th) and members will be notified when orders can be picked up.
· September 24th-October 16th: Open to all. Orders open online on the 23rd (to bepulled on or after the 24th) and customers will be notified when orders can be picked up.
As you can see, the first day, when all the plants are at their best with the deepest inventory, is set aside for the plant sale volunteers only. This is a new incentive to tempt members to come out and volunteer to work two or more shifts at the sale. Shifts are 4 hours long and training is provided. All you need is a smart phone and a desire to save the Earth one plant at a time.
The benefits of fall planting are many:
· Roots, roots, roots! When it comes to a plant’s health, it’s all about the roots. Fall planting gives a plant, tree or shrub plenty of time to develop their root system before the first frost.
· Free watering! One of the best benefits of fall planting is the cool, rainy days for your newly planted beauties.
· Less stress for both you and your new plants. Fall’s cool air provides a nice buffer from the summer heat and it’s easier to plant in cooler air.
· Warm soil. The soil will be warmer in the fall than in the spring. The tops may be getting ready to snooze but the roots will get set up to go through the winter and will come up in the spring ready to go.
So, please mark your calendars and join us for another wonderful Native Plant Society sale at the Upstate Native Nursery. Appointments will be available for on site visits. This will still be a virtual sale with contactless pickup as in the last two sales. You must be a member by September 11th, 2021 in order to qualify for the members only period. Questions? Contact Kathy Harrington at [email protected] or send us an email from the SCNPS website (go to the dropdown menu The Plants) or send to [email protected]
We hope to see orders from all of you. The volunteers have worked very hard all summer to keep the plants in tiptop shape for the Fall sale. Many hours of propagation, germination, potting, pruning, weeding, mowing, maintaining and brainstorming have gone on to make this the best sale ever!