Upstate Nursery Fall 2020 Native Plant Sale

The South Carolina Native Plant Society is committed to our core mission of educating the public about the essential role of our heritage native plants in the restoration of the Upstate’s ecosystem. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten public health here in the Upstate; nevertheless, we remain determined to making SC native plants available to our membership and friends. We’re pleased to announce that our annual Fall Sale will be held at our Upstate Native Plant Nursery as it has in the past, with a few innovative twists.

Autumn is the best time of year to plant and this year we have a selection of over 4,000 native species, many of them difficult to find in commercial nurseries. This years collection includes shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, ferns, grasses and some trees. We have more native azaleas than we’ve ever offered in past Fall Sales as well as pollinator plants for butterflies and birds, and native plants that flower throughout the growing season.

 

WHY PLANT NATIVES?

If each of us restored even a portion of our property back to native plants, our combined efforts would improve water quality as well as increase habitat for wildlife. Native plants are increasingly desirable for the creation of ‘living landscapes’, making our residential and commercial properties part of a biological corridor by using native plants that evolved with local wildlife and which contribute meaningfully to the food webs that support them. These native plants are ideally adapted to our soils and climate and once established in an appropriate site, generally require less water and maintenance (e.g. fertilizer) than plants from other parts of the world.

 

TWO WAYS to shop and purchase plants this year:

  1. Shop online and pick-up your order at the Upstate Native Nursery.
    • ONLINE ORDERING PROCESS:
    • After browsing the ‘Native Plant Price List’ above, refer to the ‘CONTACT’  information below to place your order by e-mail.
    • Follow the instrutions on the ‘Native Plant Price List’ to prepare your order and we recommend you include the Scientific Name for certainty of species as in some cases we have several different variants in stock. The same for size and quantity.
    • Our Sales Team will receive your request, review available inventory, and respond by sending an estimate. Upon your response to the estimate, an invoice will be prepared using our SQUARE™ app with online payment instructions.
    • Once your payment is received, your order will be scheduled for collection and you’ll be notified as to when and where you can pick up your plants.
  2. Make an appointment to shop our native plant collection in person.
    • SHOPPING IN PERSON:
    • If you’d prefer, a limited number of appointments may be made to visit our Upstate Native Nursery in person. Simply refer to the ‘CONTACT ‘ information below and let us know when you’d like to visit (a range of days/times is helpful) and how many will be in your party.
    • We anticipate having multiple times each week during the sale period to accommodate visitors, and our Sales Team will respond with an appointment date/time within your specified time frame to the best of our ability.
    • Upon your acceptance, your appointment will be confirmed and directions provided. One of our all-volunteer Sales Team will be on-hand to assist you and to process your order at the conclusion of your visit. We’ll accept cash (although no coinage), personal checks, debit and credit cards.

CONTACT:

Kathy Harrington

[email protected]

 

PLANT LIST

Your first step is to familiarize yourself with the available plants by downloading our SCNPS-Upstate 2020 Fall Native Plant List below.

SCNPS 2020 – Fall Price List

If you need help cross-referencing a plant ‘common’ name over to a ‘scientific name’, you can use this handy cross-reference list.

SCNPS Fall 2020 – Cross-Reference List

Please note that the available quantities are not listed and will be subject to change as the sale period progresses, so we recommend acting early.

 

IMPORTANT SALE DATES:

Sunday, September 13th – Friday, September 25th the SCNPS-Upstate Native Nursery will be closed in preparation for the sale.

• Monday, September 21st begin processing electronic orders from the Website

• Saturday, September 26th begin curb-side pick-ups and shopping appointments

• Friday, October 31st cease accepting order via the Website

• Saturday, November 7th terminate the Fall Sale curb-side pick-up program

 

EARLY BIRD – MEMBERSHIP FEATURE:

As always, we are offering early plant sale access to our active members. If you are currently a paid-up member of the South Carolina Native Plant Society (any chapter) your order submitted via the website link will begin processing on Monday, September 21st.

Please indicate your membership status on your order.

All other other orders will begin processing on Wednesday, September 23rd in the order they are received.

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NOT A MEMBER?

You can RENEW your membership at: https://scnps.org/scnps-membership/renew-membership

You can JOIN online at: https://scnps.org/scnps-membership/join

 

SAFETY:

During visits to the Upstate Native Nursery, our all-volunteer Sales Team will be wearing masks and observing social distancing, and we’ll ask that you do as well. Carts will be made available for moving your plants and you’ll handle the loading yourself to minimize contact.

Certificate in Native Plant Studies – pandemic update

Certificate in Native Plant Studies
PANDEMIC UPDATE:

The South Carolina Native Plant Society and SC Botanical Garden provide a valuable service to our SCNPS mission by providing a SC Native Plant Certification curriculum each year, which many of our membership have taken advantage of in years past.  In addition to the 8 required courses, the program includes over 20 additional elective courses which are taught at the SCBG and across the state throughout year in a combination of classroom lecture and field walks.

Due to the pandemic, the field walks are suspended for the time being; however, we are considering adjusting the format to provide the classroom sessions this fall and then the field portion in the Spring of next year.  Anyone interested in the course is encouraged to reach out to Sue Watts, the program administrator at   watts9 @ clemson.edu  to express interest.

Stay tuned at   https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html

For more information, visit  https://scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies

Upstate Zoom Meeting: Native Ferns

Tuesday 7-21 General Meeting via Zoom

Join us for the Upstate Chapter of the SCNPS program/meeting on July 21, 2020 at 7:00pm. Log in at 6:30 for some socializing. A Zoom invitation will be sent out via Tiny Letter a few days prior to the event. We plan to record this program for later viewing as well. Our presenter will be Rosemarie Knoll of HighFallsPublishing.com. See below for details.

 

Bio for Rosemarie Knoll

Rosemarie Knoll is the author of 2 local wildflower books. The first book covers wildflowers in DuPont State Forest. The second book covers wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Pisgah National Forest.

Last year, Rosemarie decided to take on a new challenge – learning about our native ferns. As she was going through the learning process, she felt that it may be helpful to others to put together a workshop covering fern basics and the identification of our most common native ferns.

Rosemarie will share some of the fun and interesting facts about our native ferns and fern allies and will discuss the basics of fern identification.

Join us for the Upstate Chapter of the SCNPS program/meeting on July 21, 2020 at 7:00pm. Log in at 6:30 for some socializing. A Zoom invitation will be sent out via Tiny Letter a few days prior to the event. We plan to record this program for later viewing as well. Our presenter will be Rosemarie Knoll of HighFallsPublishing.com. See below for details.

Bio for Rosemarie Knoll

Rosemarie Knoll is the author of 2 local wildflower books. The first book covers wildflowers in DuPont State Forest. The second book covers wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Pisgah National Forest.

Last year, Rosemarie decided to take on a new challenge – learning about our native ferns. As she was going through the learning process, she felt that it may be helpful to others to put together a workshop covering fern basics and the identification of our most common native ferns.

Rosemarie will share some of the fun and interesting facts about our native ferns and fern allies and will discuss the basics of fern identification.

Upstate Meeting via Zoom June 16

The Upstate Chapter program on June 16 at 7pm will be online via Zoom.  Bill Stringer offers a presentation on Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna), a highly invasive plant that has been found in the Greenville and Rock Hill areas.  Dan Whitten will co-host with Bill.   Enjoy the meeting from the comfort of your own home!

Preparation for the Zoom Meeting

To prepare for the meeting,  download the Zoom application to your computer, laptop, or smartphone.  Please use only Zoom.us as your source to download.  We suggest you download the app well ahead so you won’t be scrambling at the last minute.  Mark the date on your calendar and plan to join in the live Zoom meeting.

How to Join the Meeting

The exact information on how to join the meeting will be sent out in a Tiny Letter on Monday, June 16.  No clue what a Tiny Letter is??  Go to the website at www.scnps.org.  On the home page, on the far right side see the “Receive Our E-mail Updates”.  Enter your email address in the box.  You will begin to receive the updates, which are called Tiny Letters.  They may go to your spam, so be sure to check there.  Tiny Letters arrive from all the five state chapters about their upcoming events, cancellations, plant rescues, etc.  They keep you up to date on the latest news.

If you have not tried out Zoom before, embrace a new experience!  Join in to find out how the Upstate Chapter of SCNPS and local partners have been battling Fig Buttercup, a menace to our streams, rivers, and wetlands.

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!

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:
https://scnps.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SCNPS_upstatePlantList_051620.pdf

Here is the newsletter article explaining the new process:

PLANT SALES FOR APRIL & MAY 2020
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.  (www.scnps.org) 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!

Thanks,

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 (www.invasiveplantcontrol.com), 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 https://scnps.org/citizen-science-invasive-fig-buttercup

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 www.clemson.edu/regulatory/contact/
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:  https://www.friendsofjocassee.org/bellfest.html

photo:  Judy Seeley