Midlands Fall Native Plant Sale October 29 & 30

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We are very excited to host the Midlands’ first fall native plant sale, and honored to partner with Historic Columbia Foundation during their fall sale.
Historic Columbia is actively working to replant many of its gardens with native species, and generously sharing their space at the Robert Mills House with us, so shoppers can select from both groups’ plant offerings.

Location: Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St., Columbia (Enter parking lot on Henderson Street between Blanding and Taylor or park on nearby streets)

Friday, October 29:
9:00-9:30   volunteers only
9:30 – 10:00   members and volunteers
10:00 am – 4:00 pm   general public

Saturday, October 30: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Note: Thursday, October 28 is reserved for Historic Columbia Foundation members only. To join, visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/support/membership

Please plan to pay by credit card and mask up when you can’t stay 6 feet apart. Bring a cart or wagon if you think you might be tempted to get more than two hands can hold.
For questions or if you’re interested in volunteering (and getting an early opportunity to shop) please contact [email protected].

Midlands 2021 Fall Sale Plant list

Midlands Fall Native Plant Sale, Oct 29 & 30

The Midlands Chapter is excited to host its first native plant sale, and honored to partner with Historic Columbia Foundation during their fall sale.
Historic Columbia is actively working to replant many of its gardens with native species. They are generously sharing space at the Robert Mills House with SCNPS for this sale, so shoppers can select from both groups’ plant offerings.

See a list of plants available for sale.

Location: Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St., Columbia (Enter parking lot on Henderson Street between Blanding and Taylor or park on nearby streets)

Friday, October 29:
9:00-9:30   volunteers only
9:30 – 10:00   members and volunteers
10:00 am – 4:00 pm   general public

Saturday, October 30: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Note: Thursday, October 28 is reserved for Historic Columbia Foundation members only. To join, visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/support/membership

Please plan to pay by credit card and mask up when you can’t stay 6 feet apart. Bring a cart or wagon if you think you might be tempted to get more than two hands can hold.
For questions or if you’re interested in volunteering (and getting an early opportunity to shop) please contact [email protected].

Upstate Fall Native Plant Sale 2021 – Open to the Public

SCNPS Fall Plant Sale at the UNN!

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 24th-October 16th: Open to all. Orders open online on the 23rd (to be pulled on or after the 24th) and customers will be notified when orders can be picked up.

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!

Upstate Annual Meeting: Doug Tallamy Special Speaker

September 21st, 6:30 pm
Upstate Annual Meeting: 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 in September 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.

Please note: Our Zoom account has a maximum of 100 attendees.  In order to share Doug Tallamy’s talk with a wider audience, we will begin live broadcasting this meeting to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SCNPS/) at 7:00 pm.  We also plan to record this talk for those who would like to watch it later.  If you are NOT a member of the Upstate chapter of the SCNPS, please plan to participate in this event via Facebook.  Thank you!

                                 Join the meeting at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86538607784?pwd=QVcxSGQ4UzlQUFlrbTNvanFrQ0k5Zz09

Meeting ID: 865 3860 7784
Passcode: 114231

The zoom meeting will open at 6:30 for socializing.  At 7pm there will be a short business meeting followed by Dr. Tallamy’s talk.

Pickens Native Plant Garden Special Work Morning

Pickens County Museum Native Plant Garden Volunteers  WE 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.

Special Work Day at Native Plant Garden

Pickens Native Plant Garden Special Work Morning

September 11 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

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!

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Upstate Meeting via zoom: Helen Mohr, speaker

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Helen Mohr (and friend)

SCNPS November 17, 2020 Upstate general meeting

Our speaker for November’s meeting is Helen Mohr, M.S., and she will present, “Fire in the South Carolina Mountains, Past, Present and Future”. She is a Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station at Clemson, and the Director of the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists. Helen and her student-led fire crew were recently featured in Clemson World in the article “Fire Tiger”. She has many years of experience working with fire as a firefighter, researcher, communicator and mentor.

She just returned from a 3-week stint fighting fires out in Colorado while spending nights in a tent! Here in South Carolina, she is an expert on using fire to benefit forests with controlled burns. During her talk, Helen will discuss fire ecology with an overview of prescribed fire in the SC mountains.

How to attend the meeting

The meeting will be held via Zoom.  To receive the link to the meeting, go to the website home page, www.scnps.org, and sign up for the E-Mail updates which are called Tiny Letters.  Also look for the E-News, an new weekly feature coming to your email.  If you are not seeing the E-News, please check your spam folder or promotions file.

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

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.

DETAILED DIRECTIONS TO OCONEE HALL/ PARKER AUDITORIUM:
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 https://www.tctc.edu/media/2966/pendleton-campus-map.pdf 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.

Upstate Privet Pull at Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Blackwell Heritage Preserve Work Morning Scheduled

NPS along with and Naturaland Trust is holding a work morning to remove invasive plants (Privet mostly) for a newly acquired addition to Blackwell Heritage Preserve near Travelers Rest.  The new property contains two federally protected plant species. It was saved from development through cumulative collaborative efforts by Upstate Forever, the Southern Environmental Law Center, SC Native Plant Society, Greenville County, Naturaland Trust, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Heritage Trust Program of the SC Department of Natural Resources.  (Details at https://www.upstateforever.org/news/ultrarare-plant-habitat-protected-in-travelers-rest)

The work morning will be Saturday, November 9, 9am to no later than Noon.  Wear long sleeves and long pants.  There is poison ivy on the site.  Wear gloves, bring shovels or mattocks as we will be pulling up and digging up privet.  Some of the ground is damp, so wear shoes or boots that you can get muddy.

There may be follow-up work days later in November.

Directions:  From Greenville and points south:  Head up Poinsett Highway towards Travelers Rest; take Highway 25 north;, right as you leave the Travelers Rest business district, turn right on Blue Ridge Drive. Continue up Blue Ridge Drive.  The parking area will be on the left in the pasture on the Heritage Trust property, marked with blue paint on the trees on the left side of the road.

 

From north of Travelers Rest:  take Highway 25 south and turn left on Blue Ridge Drive, before entering the Travelers Rest business district.  Then follow directions above.

 

To sign-up for the work party and receive any last-minute information, please contact Virginia Meador at [email protected]