Upstate Program: Sustainable Landscape

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The Tuesday, June 18 Upstate meeting will feature Dr. Ellen Vincent speaking on : Native Plants in the Sustainable Landscape.   The program will start at 7pm in Greenville.

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 https://www.tctc.edu/media/2966/pendleton-campus-map.pdf  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 www.scnps.org.

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 Field Trip: Black Balsam and Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

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Field trip to:Black Balsam Knob and the Blue Ridge Parkway on  Saturday, May 4, 8:00am-3:00pm(+-).

Leader:  Rick Huffman

We will traverse the Blue Wall and travel across 500 million years of geological time to experience the wonders of the high ridge of Black Balsam. It will be late winter/early spring on the Parkway. As the mountain awakens, deciduous magnolias, serviceberry, pink shell azalea, and painted trillium are a small sample of the treasures awaiting. World Class systems and biomes.

Meet at Holly Springs Grocery, SC Hwy 11 and Hwy 178 at 8 am for van/carpool.To register, contact Rick Huffman at <[email protected]> or call (864) 901-7583. Please include your phone number, bring water, lunch, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

 

Oconee Bells: Lost and Found Treasure of the Upstate

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The Upstate Native Plant Society meeting on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm, explores the story of the Oconee Bells, a rare and beautiful Spring blooming wildflower found in only a few places in the world.  One of those places is the Jocassee Gorges in Upstate South Carolina.  Naturalist Kay Wade will present the story of the discovery, “loss” and rediscovery of this tiny beauty which draws hundreds of people to the upstate every March when the Bells are in bloom.

Wade will focus on the human interest stories that are a fascinating part of the history of the Oconee Bells, (Shortia galacifolia).  In the 1700’s botanist Andrea Michaux discovered the plants in South Carolina and sent pressed botanical samples to Paris, France.  The samples lingered in obscurity in a museum collection until botanist Asa Gray saw them in 1839.  Gray searched in vain for the Bells until 1884.  Years later the plant was found, by accident, by teenager George Hyams who wondered what this unusual plant was and took some home.  Kay Wade will fill in the details of the search and the characters involved.

Kay Wade is a Master Naturalist and co-owner of Jocassee Lake Tours.  She writes columns for the Seneca Journal.

The program is on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm at Landrum Depot, 211 North Trade Street, Landrum, SC, in Spartanburg County.  The program is free and open to the public.  Please arrive at 6:30 for socializing and refreshments.

Upstate field trip to Station Cove Falls

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On Saturday, March 23 Rick Huffman and Dan Whitten will lead a field trip to Station Cove Falls, (Oconee Country) and to Nine Times Preserve in Pickens County.

The time is 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Join Rick and Dan on this 3/4 mile easy trek into Sumpter National Forest.  Oconee Station 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 Lecture: Native Perennials for Form and Function

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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”.

Jon Fritz is a Landscape Designer and the founder and owner of  Bluestem Landscape Design LLC.  He specializes in landscaping with native plants.  Jon says, “Gardening is undergoing a revolution.  Originally seen as beautification, we now know that our residential landscapes are key to providing for local wildlife and restoring our local ecosystems.  Once thought of as fussy and high maintenance, perennial plantings offer more than colorful blooms:  they’re some of the strongest players in providing for wildlife. boosting biodiversity, and creating beautiful low maintenance spaces for us to enjoy.”  Come out an hear about some top native perennial selections for form and ecological function in your Upstate yard.

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.

 

                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Doug Lockard

Upstate Field Trip to Station Cove Falls

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On Saturday, March 23 Rick Huffman and Dan Whitten will lead a field trip to Station Cove Falls, (Oconee Country) and to Nine Times Preserve in Pickens County.

The time is 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Join Rick and Dan on this 3/4 mile easy trek into Sumpter National Forest.  Oconee Station 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.

Lowcountry: Spring 2019 Plant Sale list

Saturday, March 16, 9 am – 12 noon

(SCNPS Members can start shopping at 8:30; volunteers can shop at 8:15.)

Charles Towne Landing parking lot, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston 29407

We have a great selection of native plants with many hard-to-find species — colorful perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns and edibles. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Admission to the plant sale is free. If you wish to explore Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, please pay admission in the Visitor Center.

Exact quantities and species may change prior to the plant sale; we will do our best to keep this list accurate.  If you have other questions, please contact Eddie Bernard ([email protected] or 843-270-1112)

Upstate program: Sustainable Landscaping

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On Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00pm at Landrum Depot in Landrum, SC, Rick Huffman will speak on Sustainable Landscape Applications and Applied Ecology. Rick Huffman is principal and founder of Earth Design Inc. with over 30 years of experience in, landscape design, horticulture, bio-engineering, and ecology.  Come out an learn how to apply the principles of sustainable landscaping to your property.  There is a way to retire the lawn mower, avoid expensive polluting fertilizers, and build a beautiful sustainable landscape on your property.

The program is free and open to the public.   Arrive at 6:30 for socializing and refreshments.