SCDNR Native Gardening Webinar Resources

Sharleen Johnson (Lowcountry Chapter President) recently gave a webinar about native plant gardening for the SC Department of Natural Resources.  Here are some additional resources she has provided — including a link to the webinar in case you didn’t get to see it live!

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Upstate Native Plant Purchases Available by Appointment

Dear Native Plant Society Member and Friends,
As you know, the Upstate Chapter of the Native Plant Society had to cancel our spring plant sale in April.   Nearly all the beautiful native plants we had ready for the sale are still available, including Native Azaleas.  Making those often difficult to find native plants available to our community is a core value of the Society so we’ve worked out a way for you to shop safely during the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown.   It must be done by appointment.  Here are the details:

A small group of volunteers from the greenhouse committee is willing to work one on one with you and facilitate your plant purchase.  We ask your patience and flexibility in working with these volunteers.  Their priority will be ensuring a safe transaction for all concerned

First, please go to the following link to see the list of available plants and prices

Decide what you would like.  If possible make a list of what you want so a volunteer and call you, discuss your needs, and then have the plants pulled out and ready for pick-up.

Second, contact one of the people on the list below.  Once you have made contact, send them the list of what you want.

The contacts below will also have a copy of the price list and can e-mail it to you in PDF.SCNPS Greenhouse Steering Committee 2020 Member Name Telephone # E-Mail
Amy Henderson  914-649-6779   [email protected]
Susan Lochridge 864-380-3673   [email protected]
Doug Lockard     864-908-4461   [email protected]   (not gmail)
Kitty Putnam       864-313-8434   [email protected]
Miller Putnam     864-325-9700   [email protected]
Kay Stafford       703-350-8774    [email protected]

The greenhouse is on private property about a mile from Conestee Park where the big spring sale is normally held.  You will receive the address once your appointment is set.  We allow only one person or family group of visitors at a time.  If one volunteer on the list is not available, try another.  We will do our best to accommodate you and keep everyone safe.  We prefer checks but can take credit cards.

We appreciate your interest in native plants and in supporting the Upstate NPS Chapter.  May is a good time to plant.  Enjoy!

Upstate Plant Purchasing Update

The upstate greenhouse steering committee has worked out a temporary, limited way for members and friends to purchase plants from the greenhouse.  It must be done by appointment.

Link to plant list and prices:

Here is the newsletter article explaining the new process:

The all-volunteer Greenhouse Steering Committee has been working alongside the volunteers in the Greenhouse Gang and the Maintenance & Operations Team to prepare the nursery for sustained operations during the peak pandemic months during which we will be hosting an unusually high number of plants. Normally we would have sold 75% of our usual 4,000 plant inventory during the Spring Sale; however, this year due to the cancellation, we have a full house.We’ve installed several new beds and irrigation to help keep our plants healthy until the Fall sale which were hoping to have in late September or early October. In order to assure the health and safety of everyone  the Greenhouse is closed to all but a small maintenance crew for the near future.

During this time access to the property will be restricted to only those volunteers on the Maintenance & Operations Team and the Greenhouse Steering Committee.  We feel it is important to try and continue to provide plants to our membership and friends during these difficult times. Some of the Steering Committee members have volunteered to try and help facilitate sales on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to purchase a plant during the Spring planting season, you can reach-out to one of those listed below to make a request. We ask your patience and flexibility in working with these volunteers.  Their priority will be ensuring a safe transaction for all concerned. The link to the price list is above and also on the web-site calendar for April 18.  ( The contacts below will also have a copy of the price list and can e-mail it to you in PDF.

SCNPS Greenhouse Steering Committee 2020 Member Name Telephone # E-Mail
Amy Henderson  914-649-6779   [email protected]
Susan Lochridge 864-380-3673   [email protected]
Doug Lockard     864-908-4461   [email protected]   (not gmail)
Kitty Putnam       864-313-8434   [email protected]
Miller Putnam     864-325-9700   [email protected]
Kay Stafford       703-350-8774    [email protected]

Parks Mill Open House Cancelled. See alternative below

We recently announced the annual Open House at the Parks Mill Rocky Shoals Spiderlily Preservation site near Plum Branch on Stevens Creek, to be held on Saturday, May 16. Regretfully, considering COVID-19 travel restrictions issued by Governor McMaster, we must cancel this event. If you have signed up via e-mail to attend, you will receive a return e-mail confirming the cancellation.

What we will do instead, is put together a Virtual Open House for presentation on the Internet. A couple of us will travel down to Parks Mill just before May 16 and shoot photos and videos of the Site and the Spiderlilies for assembling into a webpage to be posted on the SC Native Plant and Naturaland Trust websites. We will make the URLs for these webpages widely available to interested groups.

So, you will be able to continue “sheltering in place” and still experience the wonder of this Site and the Lilies at their peak. You will be able to see the majesty of the creek valley, hear the babble of the Creek, see some wildlife, and experience the Mill itself, while avoiding contact with those little pesky wildlife, the ticks!

So watch for the release of the webpage link, stay in, wear your masks and gloves, and be safe!


SC Native Plant Society and Naturaland Trus

The Battle Continues

Spring is here! and Fig Buttercup is back. Actually it never left; it was just hiding.

Greenville’s original infestation was discovered in Reedy River floodplain in Lake Conestee Nature Park in 2013. Since then, three source populations have been identified, each on tributary creeks, each about five miles upstream.

Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna) is not “just another invasive plant”. It is so aggressively invasive – and has such a limited period of vulnerability – that it has actually been outlawed in numerous states, including South Carolina.

The Clemson University Dept of Plant Industry continues to reach out to people throughout the state requesting that they recognize and report it. Fig Buttercup is blooming now, and its bright yellow flowers make it easy to spot.

Now is also the optimum time to treat it. This year a varied coalition of agencies and organizations, led by SCNPS, has joined forces to fund a massive effort toward controlling Fig Buttercup in Greenville’s Reedy River corridor.

These sponsors include the South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council, Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District, ReWa, Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association, and Friends of the Reedy River.

Moist soils along waterways support diverse native plant communities, which in turn support native songbirds, butterflies and other pollinator wildlife species. Invasion of these areas by Fig Buttercup rapidly converts them into monocultures that suppress native plants and wildlife.

Fig Buttercup  threatens to blanket moist sites and streamside land throughout the Southeast. Its early emergence, dense growth, and floating propagules, combined with our common high-rainfall events, facilitate its ability to colonize new territory downstream — as illustrated in the sequence of pictures that accompany this article.

Invasive Plant Control, Inc, a nationally recognized invasive plant control firm out of Nashville (, has been contracted to treat Fig Buttercup along Greenville’s centerpiece Reedy River and its tributaries, including Lake Conestee Nature Park. Several years of treatment will be necessary.

Learn more at

If you suspect that you have or have found
Fig Buttercup, please contact
the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry
at 864.646.2140 or
or contact your local Clemson University Extension Service office.

In addition, please email [email protected]

NPS volunteers needed for table at Bell Fest

The annual Bell Fest is coming up on Saturday, March 14 at Devil’s Fork State Park in Oconee County.  Our Upstate SCNPS chapter will have an outreach table at the Fest and we need volunteers to work at the table.  This is a great event with lots of folks coming out to see the beautiful mountain wildflower, the Oconee Bell (a.k.a. Shortia glalacifolia).

Volunteers for the NPS table will talk to visitors about NPS activities and projects, answer questions, tell them about the spring plant sale, and sell a few native plants from our greenhouse.  We need at least two people for each shift.  Is easy and fun!
The shifts are:
   9am to 11 (includes set-up of the canopy, tables and display) Needed: two volunteers or more
   11 am to 1pm   Needed: one more volunteer
   1pm to 3:30 pm (includes take down of canopy, displays, and tables.)  Needed: two volunteers or more

This is a great opportunity to introduce new people to our organization.   The Fest runs from 10am to 3pm.To volunteer or for more information, email coordinator Judy Seeley at < [email protected]> or call 864-855-6396.

Before or after your shift, you can go down the trail to see the Bells and participate in the many other activities of the day.
Bell Fest is sponsored by Friends of  Jocassee.  For more information go to:

photo:  Judy Seeley

Upstate Program: Flower Color and Pollinators

February 18 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Did you ever wonder how so much variation in flower color is maintained within species? Have your heard of ultraviolet ‘nectar guides’ on flowers?  On Tuesday, February 18, at Tri-County Technical College 7600 US 76, Pendleton in, Matt Koski, Assistant Professor at Clemson University, will discuss his research on flower color evolution. He will offer some explanations of the forces affecting floral evolution.

Koski grew up in Michigan and became fascinated with flowering plant diversity during field courses as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. Later, he worked as a botany intern for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the high desert and Sierra Nevada, and then conducted field work on tropical forest community dynamics in Puerto Rico.  He discovered that flower color variations are due not only to pollinators, but to environmental factors as well.

As you enter the campus at the traffic light (the south entrance), the driveway you want is to the left.  HOWEVER, you cannot turn left as you enter.  Please drive ahead to the first place you can make a u-turn and head back toward the traffic light.  Just before the light, turn right onto the one-way access road in front of the buildings.  You will pass Miller Hall, Anderson Hall  and Pickens Hall before coming to Oconee Hall on the right.  You may park in any of the student/faculty spots along the one-way drive.  There are also two  parking lots just past Oconee Hall.  Lot H-1 and Lot H-2 are available for us in the evening.   Please go to and print a map of the campus.  There will be signs  marking the meeting entrance.

The program starts at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.  Arrive at 6:30 for socializing and refreshments.

Wild Orchids Forever Stamp

US Postal Service to Issue
Wild Orchids Forever Stamp

To create a collection of stamps that celebrate the beauty of native orchids, the US Postal Service called upon the talents of SCNPS member Jim Fowler, a talented photographer and knowledgeable botanist, author of Wild Orchids of South Carolina, a Popular Natural History, Orchids, Carnivorous Plants, and Other Wildflowers of the Green Swamp, NC, and a fascinating blog.

Each stamp features a photograph of one of these nine species: Cypripedium californicum, Hexalectris spicata, Cypripedium reginae, Spiranthes odorata, Triphora trianthophoros, Platanthera grandiflora, Cyrtopodium polyphyllum, Calopogon tuberosus, and Platanthera leucophaea. Within the booklet, each stamp design is featured twice. The Wild Orchids stamps will be issued with 10 stamp designs in booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtags #OrchidStamps and #FlowerStamps.

Orchids are beloved by plant experts and casual flower lovers alike for their gorgeous colors, unusual look and delicate features.

Part of the largest family of plants on Earth, orchids grow in many climates and thrive under a variety of conditions. There are more than 30,000 species of wild orchids in the world, with more than 100 species native to North America.

Many orchids native to North America are endangered or threatened, making sightings in their natural environment increasingly rare. These striking flowers are native to damp woodlands and numerous organizations across the country are working to preserve their habitats. Orchids also thrive in cultivated gardens or as houseplants.

Jim will speak briefly at a dedication ceremony in Coral Gables, FL, on Feb 21, 2020, and the stamps are scheduled to be released that day. Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.



Upstate Jan 18 work morning cancelled

Sorry to announce, but the the Saturday work morning at Blackwell HP is cancelled, again, due to cold and wet weather predicted for Saturday. We will reschedule at a later date when the weather forecast is good. Thank you to all who responded for this project. Please keep your eye out for a future Tiny Letter with the new date. This is important work and we want to give the Bunched Arrowhead a fighting chance against the Privet and other invasive plants.

Lowcountry: Spring 2020 newsletter

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