Midlands Spring Native Plant Sale

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The Midlands Chapter will host its spring plant sale March 25 & 26, 2022, at the Historic Robert Mills
House in Columbia.

Saturday, March 26, 2022:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm open to general public

PLANT SELECTION LIST

We are once again partnering with the Historic Columbia Foundation, which will offer tours of the grounds. You’ll get to see some of the same natives offered at the sale growing at Robert Mills House gardens. Tours begin at 4:00 pm on Friday and 11:00 am on Saturday.
In addition, SC Native Plant Society members will stage educational demonstrations during the sale.

New this sale: Sal’s Old Timey Feed and Seed will join us to offer great native plants for sale.

Interested in volunteering and getting an early look at the plant selection? Please contact [email protected].

Questions about the sale? Contact [email protected].

Please plan to pay by credit card. Bring a cart or wagon if you think you might be tempted to get more than two hands can hold.

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

Friday, March 25, 2022:
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. open to volunteers and members of SCNPS and Historic Columbia Foundation
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.  open to general public

Saturday, March 26, 2022:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm open to general public

Click to join or renew your SCNPS membership.

Click to join the Historic Columbia Foundation.

Midlands Spring Native Plant Sale March 25-26, 2022

The Midlands Chapter will host its spring plant sale March 25 & 26, 2022, at the Historic Robert Mills House in Columbia.

PLANT SELECTION LIST

We are once again partnering with the Historic Columbia Foundation, which will offer tours of the grounds. You’ll get to see some of the same natives offered at the sale growing at Robert Mills House gardens. Tours begin at 4:00 pm on Friday and 11:00 am on Saturday.
In addition, SC Native Plant Society members will stage educational demonstrations during the sale.

New this sale: Sal’s Old Timey Feed and Seed will join us to offer great natives for sale.

Interested in volunteering and getting an early look at the plant selection? Please contact [email protected].

Questions about the sale? Contact [email protected].

Please plan to pay by credit card. Bring a cart or wagon if you think you might be tempted to get more than two hands can hold.

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

Friday, March 25, 2022:
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. open to volunteers and members of SCNPS and Historic Columbia Foundation
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.  open to general public

Saturday, March 26, 2022:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm open to general public

Click to join or renew your SCNPS membership.

Click to join the Historic Columbia Foundation.

January Upstate Meeting: The Making of Peter’s Creek Heritage Trust Preserve in Spartanburg County

Photo from conservingcarolina.org

For our January presentation, meet Dr. Gillian “Gill” Newberry who is a trailblazer and local champion for rare plants and nature. While teaching at USC – Upstate for over 40 years, she developed and taught the General Biology series, Plant Taxonomy, and Plant Geography courses (amongst many others). She established the Upstate herbarium that now includes over 18,000 specimens, filled mostly by her contributions. But wait, there’s more! She also led research projects with students at the Peter’s Creek Heritage Preserve. This special area in Spartanburg County is now available to the public and preserved for generations thanks to Gill’s hard work that was sprinkled with a little luck.

During her presentation, you will hear the story of how she serendipitously found this 180-acre tract of land, discovered its many natural attributes including rare plant species, and how she overcame challenges to establish it as a heritage preserve.  Peter’s Creek Heritage Preserve has many diverse ecosystems including streams with waterfalls, hardwood bottoms, agricultural areas, old mill sites, and the largest stand of  Kalmia latifolia (Mountain laurel) in the county. Other plants include the federally-listed endemic Hexastylis naniflora (Dwarf-flowered heartleaf) and the endemic Nestronia umbellula  (Indian olive). It has over 7 miles of trails that were blazed by Gill and her students for you to enjoy. 

Come to learn about this heritage preserve and hear Dr. Gill Newberry’s story. See how one person can make a difference!


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November Upstate Meeting: Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Update

Clemson University Grad Researcher Andy Grunwald will report on Spider Lily Research at Parks Mill 

The Parks Mill Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Preservation site on Stevens Creek near Plum Branch in McCormick has been a wonderful opportunity to observe and preserve a wonderful, rare plant.  The lilies are prospering at our Parks Mill site, but kayaking surveys have indicated a serious decline in size and number of sites downstream from the Parks Mill site.  Fortunately, a Clemson University professor, Dr. Althea Hagan, and her students have taken a keen  interest in the problem.  Grad student Andy Grunwald came to SCNPS with a grant request to research the problem, and SCNPS was glad to help fund his efforts.  

 For the last two seasons, Andy and his undergrad helpers have been propagating lily plants and testing different approaches to getting plants established in the Creek.  It has been a challenge in a system that regularly has high-water events.  In addition, Andy has reviewed a vast amount of research on rocky shoals spider lily and is very knowledgeable on the subject. Andy will give us an update on the project’s activities and achievements. Bring your questions on this fascinating plant! 

For a primer on the lilies project, go to:  https://scnps.org/activities/rocky-shoals-spider-lily-preservation-project .

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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!

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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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