Upstate Fall Native Plant Sale

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The Fall Greenhouse Native Plant Sale is Friday, October 4, from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday, October 5, from 9am to 2pm.  The greenhouse is at 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville, just off of Mauldin Road and about one mile from Conestee Park.

Fall is the best time to plant when the weather is cooler and therefore

the new plants have plenty of time to establish their roots without a lot of stress.  There will be a selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, vines and grasses.  Cash, check and credit are accepted.

We will post a list of plants in September.  Put the dates on your calendar and start of list of what you want!  Call Miller Putnam at 864 325-9700 if you would like to shop at the greenhouse between now and the sale.

Upstate Field Trip: Highlands of Roan, NC

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Two day Upstate Field trip to Highlands of Roan in NC.

Leaders:  Patrick McMillan and Rick Huffman.

Rick Huffman

SCNPS will travel to the Highlands of Roan on the NC/TN border for a two-day field trip.  At elevations up to 6,100 feet, the Roan summits with their grassy balds are unique ecosystems that inspire awe among sightseers and botanists alike.  The trip will be led by Dr. Patrick McMillan and Rick Huffman.  We will have a brief guest presentation from Jay Leutze, Vice President of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC), the land trust that leads conservation efforts in the landscape.

Limit:  12 people.  RVSP by contacting Rick Huffman 864-901-7583 or [email protected]

Cost:  $40.00 per person.

Lodging will be either in a cabin or tent camping at a camping platform owned by SAHC.

This is an amazing opportunity.  Put your reservation in now!

Shortia Around the World

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Dr. L>L> “Chick” Gaddy highlights the May 21 Upstate NPS meeting with a talk on Shortia around the globe.  We know about our Upstate Oconee Bell, (Shortia galacifolia) but did you know it has east Asian cousins?  Botanists have long pondered the relationships of eastern North American plants to their east Asian cousins.  The discontinuous distribution of the same or closely related plant taxa is disconcerting, but the similarities of some Asian forests to those of the southern Appalachians are  so great that a sense of deja vu is often experienced by botanists of one region visiting the other.

Chick Gaddy will talk about the various Shortia, including a species (Shortia rotata) newly discovered by Gaddy and collaborator Maaxim S. Nuraliev.  All Shortia species are considered to be rare, so come out for this rare opportunity to hear about them.

The program will be held at a new location on the Tri County Technical College campus in Pendleton, SC.  We will meet in the Marshall Parker Auditorium of Oconee Hall.  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 available for us in the evening.   Please go to  and print a map of the campus.  There will be signs out marking the building entrance.

The program starts at 7pm.  Arrive at 6:30 or refreshments and socializing.  For more information, go to

Upstate Field Trip: Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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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.

Upstate plant propagation workshop

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Propagation Workshop:  Miller Putnam, manager of the Upstate NPS greenhouse, is offering a plant propagation workshop on Saturday, March 16 at the Greenhouse, at 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville from 9am to Noon.  In this hand-on session you will learn about seed sprouting, taking cuttings, making divisions and a variety of other propagation techniques you can use at home.  $5 materials fee.  Class limit of 12.  Preference given to paid-up NPS members from any chapter. (Hint:  EVERYONE needs to renew starting in January each year) Reserve your spot by emailing [email protected].   Class limit is 12. (There are 7 spaces left as of 1/25/19.)  Call Miller at 325-9700 with questions.  You will go home with new skills and some new plants.

Miller Putnam demonstrating propagation techniques at 2019 propagation workshop.

Field Trip to Station Cove Falls

Saturday, March 23  8am to 2pm     Leaders:  Rick Huffman and Dan Whitten

Join Rick and Dan on this 3/4 mile easy trek into Sumpter National Forest.  Station Cove Falls is the premier cove forest habitat in the Upstate to see Spring ephemerals. such at Trilliums, Mayapples, and much more.  A grand reward at the trail’s end is Station Cove Falls!

Rick Huffman says,

“Station Cove Falls (also called Oconee Station Falls) is an ancient, timeless place where geology and plate tectonics have shaped and formed this land into what we see today.  Each year the pilgrimage begins early in February and March to see the promise of a rich bounty of botanical treasures.

Few realize how botanically old this place is or understand the role of amphibolite (Mineral) plays in making this a botanical wonderland. Some have said it’s the best Cove Forest habitat on the Eastern Seaboard, some in authority have claimed this place to be the most ancient place for plants on the planet.  From Blood Root, Trilliums, Mayapple, Violets, Rue Anemone, Hepatica and wood betony, we find ourselves in reverence of this place. We find salvation from our urban hectic lives and we feel at home. I have called this place ‘The Church’. It’s where I go to find that peace, that serenity, the sense of promise and renewal.  The SCNPS has long held this place sacred and we go there on March 23rd to experience the wonders of creation and of time and place. Joins us as we make the journey back in time to find our peace today.”

You don’t want to miss this trip!!  The outing will also include a excursion along the Estatoe at Nine Times Nature Preserve to view many more spring wildflowers.

Meet at 8am at Holly Springs Store, 6491 SC-11, Pickens, SC 29671, at the intersection of Hwy. 11 and SC 178.   Bring water, lunch/snacks and dress in field clothing and hiking or sturdy walking shoes.  A hiking stick is optional.

To sign up contact Rick Huffman at : <[email protected]>or call (864) 901-7583.  Please include a cell phone number for last minute information.  Please include the number in your party, whether or not you are willing to be a driver for carpooling, and how many riders you could accommodate.

Upstate Meeting: Waterfalls and Wildflowers

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Join us for our February program, Waterfalls of SC;  Hikes, Waterfalls and Wildflowers Along the Way.

The speaker is Thomas King. Thomas King was hiking in the Upstate before established trails were common place. His book, Waterfall Hikes of the Upstate South Carolina, features 125 waterfall hikes in the mountains of our area.

We will meet in the lower level of Founders Hall Dining Commons on the Southern Wesleyan University Campus.  Refreshments will be served.  The program is free and open to the public.