Lowcountry 2019-2020 Grant Opportunities

The Lowcountry Chapter is pleased to offer two opportunities for grant funding during the 2019-2020 program year.  For the first time, we will be dividing project types into school projects (up to $500 maximum award) and community projects (up to $1,000 maximum award).  Please review the criteria below and contact Mary Conley with any questions or submissions.

Charleston Green Drinks Resources

Here are some helpful documents the Lowcountry Chapter of SCNPS provided at the Charleston Green Drinks event on June 18.  The link to download each document is below the preview window.

For guidance on what to plant in your yard in coastal SC:

For guidance about what NOT to plant:

For more information about exotic invasive plants, please contact the SC Exotic Pest Plant Council:

https://www.se-eppc.org/southcarolina/invasivePlants.cfm

Upstate Program: What Happened to the Bobwhite Quail?

Bobwhite Quail, an iconic favorite of both hunters and bird watchers are increasingly rare in South Carolina.  Michael Small, biologist, will discuss the decline of Quail at the July Native Plant Society meeting and offer suggestions to reverse the trend.  The meeting  is set for Tuesday, July 16 at 7pm at Landrum Depot, 211 Trade Avenue, Landrum, SC.

The dramatic decline in Quail populations is linked to changes in land use.  For much of the 20th century, the Southeast was a diverse mosaic of habitats.  These habitats included row crops, native grasslands, fallow fields and forest, ideal areas for Quail.  However, land use has changed.  Vacant land is being rapidly developed.  Farming practices have eliminated many of the “edge” areas that quail prefer.

Michael Small, a biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, will offer suggestions for landowners to increase the amount of ideal Quail habitat on their property.  Habitat edge, where a field meets a forest, pond or fence row is often better for quail than a uniform habitat.  To enhance the “edge effect”, large fields can be divided into several small fields.  This allows  more buffer areas between fields.  Good quality edge habitat includes gradual transition zones with diverse plant communities of different types and heights, including native grasses, legumes and shrubs.  Often, some fairly simple steps, like changing mowing schedules, can get things going in the right direction of Quail.

Green Drinks with SCNPS!

Presenters: Sharleen Johnson, Kim Morganello, Jeff Jackson

Free and open to the public.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  Please RSVP on our Eventbrite link below so we can get a head count!  A 20-minute presentation will begin at 6:15 pm, with networking, info table, and door prizes before and after.  Join us as we share information about South Carolina’s delightful diversity of native plants and help more people appreciate the vital role native plant species play in the health and sustainability of our natural ecosystems.  Charleston Green Drinks meets the 3rd week of the month at various locations, with a different environmental organization hosting each month.

Go Native: Garden for a Wild Life with the SC Native Plant Society

Sustainable Landscaping

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.

Come out to hear Dr. Vincent’s guidance and principles for using the right plant in the right place.

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.   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 program starts at 7pm.  Arrive at 6:30 for socializing and refreshments.

Stevens Creek HP field trip May 17

Upstate Field Trip: Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

May 17 @ 8:00 am3:00 pm

Friday, May 17, 8:00am to 3:00pm (+-).  Join Rick Huffman for a visit to Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve in McCormick County.

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve is a unique plant community with G1 ranked species such as Miccosukee gooseerry (Ribes echinellum).  Unusual mountain wildflowers also seek refuge on the SC site.  Imagine seeing trilliums (lance leaved, nodding and faded), False rue anemone, spring beauty, green violets, and Dutchman’s breeches growing just north of Augusta!

The field trip is a lead up to SCNPS May 18th Parks Mill celebration and viewing the Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies.  Field trip participants may want to camp or stay over the the 18th event.  (see calendar listing for May 18 to register for the Parks Mill Celebration)

Meet at 8am at the Ingles parking lot, Hyw 25 south in Moonville, (7616 Augusta Rd, Piedmont, SC 29673).  To register, contact Rick Huffman at <[email protected]> or call 864 901-7583.  Please include your phone number.  Bring water, lunch and snacks, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  A hiking stick is recommended.

Parks Mill Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Celebration May 18

Rocky Shoals Spider Lilly site permanently preserved

The SC Native Plant Society was able to acquire and protect the last of the land fronting on Stevens Creek at Park’s Mill, where a magnificent population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lily resides. This purchase completes the protection of this wonderful site. To see and appreciate what we are celebrating, go to https://scnps.org/activities/rocky-shoals-spider-lily-preservation-project. We’re sure that you will see why we are in such a jubilant mood.

On Saturday, May 18th, 2019 we will hold an open house and celebration at the Parks Mill site. The lilies will be at peak bloom on that date. We hope that SC Native Plant Society members and guests from all over South Carolina will join us on that day. We will be open from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm. Walking tours of the Site, including the newly acquired acreage, will be available during the morning and afternoon hours, with a break for lunch. There will be catered South Carolina barbecue available on site from 12:00 til 1:00.

The Park’s Mill site is located about 1.8 miles east of Plum Branch, SC, where SC Hwy 283 crosses Stevens Creek. Plum Branch is located about 5 miles south of McCormick on SC Hwy 28. There is limited parking on the Park’s Mill site, so there will be a shuttle running back and forth to downtown Plum Branch from the Mill site.

If you would like to participate, you can come for the morning period or the afternoon period, but plan to be there at noon for the barbecue, and I understand there is fine BBQ to be had in that area. We will be selecting the best catered barbecue for lunch.

Register at:  https://scnps.org/event/open-house

Field Trip to Station Cove Falls

Saturday, March 23  8am to 2pm     Leaders:  Rick Huffman and Dan Whitten

Join Rick and Dan on this 3/4 mile easy trek into Sumpter National Forest.  Station Cove Falls is the premier cove forest habitat in the Upstate to see Spring ephemerals. such at Trilliums, Mayapples, and much more.  A grand reward at the trail’s end is Station Cove Falls!

Rick Huffman says,

“Station Cove Falls (also called Oconee Station Falls) is an ancient, timeless place where geology and plate tectonics have shaped and formed this land into what we see today.  Each year the pilgrimage begins early in February and March to see the promise of a rich bounty of botanical treasures.

Few realize how botanically old this place is or understand the role of amphibolite (Mineral) plays in making this a botanical wonderland. Some have said it’s the best Cove Forest habitat on the Eastern Seaboard, some in authority have claimed this place to be the most ancient place for plants on the planet.  From Blood Root, Trilliums, Mayapple, Violets, Rue Anemone, Hepatica and wood betony, we find ourselves in reverence of this place. We find salvation from our urban hectic lives and we feel at home. I have called this place ‘The Church’. It’s where I go to find that peace, that serenity, the sense of promise and renewal.  The SCNPS has long held this place sacred and we go there on March 23rd to experience the wonders of creation and of time and place. Joins us as we make the journey back in time to find our peace today.”

You don’t want to miss this trip!!  The outing will also include a excursion along the Estatoe at Nine Times Nature Preserve to view many more spring wildflowers.

Meet at 8am at Holly Springs Store, 6491 SC-11, Pickens, SC 29671, at the intersection of Hwy. 11 and SC 178.   Bring water, lunch/snacks and dress in field clothing and hiking or sturdy walking shoes.  A hiking stick is optional.

To sign up contact Rick Huffman at : <[email protected]>or call (864) 901-7583.  Please include a cell phone number for last minute information.  Please include the number in your party, whether or not you are willing to be a driver for carpooling, and how many riders you could accommodate.

Upstate Lecture: Native Perennials for Form and Function

Join the Upstate Native Plant Society on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00 pm as landscaper Jon Fritz shares his expertise in a talk called, “Beyond the Bloom, Native Perennials for Form and Function”

The event is free and open to the public.  Arrive at 6:30pm for socializing and refreshments.

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.   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.

Lowcountry: Spring 2019 Plant Sale list

Saturday, March 16, 9 am – 12 noon

(SCNPS Members can start shopping at 8:30; volunteers can shop at 8:15.)

Charles Towne Landing parking lot, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston 29407

We have a great selection of native plants with many hard-to-find species — colorful perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns and edibles. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Admission to the plant sale is free. If you wish to explore Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, please pay admission in the Visitor Center.

Exact quantities and species may change prior to the plant sale; we will do our best to keep this list accurate.  If you have other questions, please contact Eddie Bernard ([email protected] or 843-270-1112)