Upstate Native Plant Sale

The Upstate Fall Greenhouse Native Plant Sale is just around the corner!! Once you flip your calendar to October, the sale is right there, boom, on Friday, October 4, from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday, October 5, from 9am to 2pm.  Just now, the soil is cooling, the temperatures are falling.  October and November are the best times to plant the trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, ferns, vines and grasses that will be available at the sale.  Their roots can sink into the soil and develop without the stress of summer heat and drought.  The plants will be ready to come back strongly in the spring.  Look around your landscape and make a plan of what you want popping up to delight you next spring!  We have several thousand plants available.

For a list of plants available, after Sept. 20 go to www.scnps.org.  Under the activities heading, click on calendar.  Then click on the date of October 4 where there will be a link to the plant list.

The NPS greenhouse is at 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville, about 1 mile from Conestee Park. Look for the NPS Greenhouse sign on the mailbox.  This is a low-keyed, relaxed sale, so come and browse.  Cash, check and credit accepted.  The greenhouse is on private property with limited parking.  Please carpool if possible and bring along a friend. Call Miller Putnam at (864) 325-9700 if you have questions or would like to stop by the greenhouse between now and the sale.

Rudy Mancke at Upstate Annual Meeting

Rudy Mancke at Upstate Annual Meeting

September 17 @ 7:00 pm9:30 pm

Rudy Mancke highlights the Upstate Annual meeting on Tuesday, September 17.  He will share some of his favorite moments as a Naturalist. Mancke, known to generations of South Carolinians as the co-host of Nature Scene on South Carolina ETV,  will share his stories, memories, and wit at the annual meeting.  The event will be held in Greenville at Camperdown Academy. The address is 65 Verdae Commons Drive. (not Verdae Drive)  There will be refreshments after the program and a chance to speak with Mancke.

Mancke is the current host of Nature Notes on SC Public Radio and SCETV.  He teaches at the University of South Carolina at Columbia.  The event is free and open to the public.

Nature of Summer with Rudy Mancke

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.

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

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.

Upstate Fall Greenhouse Sale

The Upstate fall native plant sale is October 13 and 14 from 9am to 2pm each day.  There is a wide selection of native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, ferns and some grasses.  The sale is at the upstate NPS greenhouse at 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville, just off of Mauldin Road and one mile from Conestee Park.  Cash, checks and credit accepted.  The greenhouse is on private property with limited parking.  Carpooling suggested.

For a plant and price list, go to: https://scnps.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SCNPS_2018FallSalePlants_website.pdf

Fall is the best time to plant!  Your new plants will have little stress from the heat and can develop a good root system as the soil cools.  AND is it a lot more fun to dig holes in October and in June!