June Upstate Monthly Meeting – Choose Your Trees Like You Choose Your Pets!

For our June meeting, Dr. Larry Mellichamp will be presenting, “Choose Your Trees Like You Choose Your Pets!  How to Select the Best Trees for Your Yard”

Despite damage from storms, people seem to want to plant large and small trees in their yards and feel it adds value to their property. BUT . . . not all trees species are equal.  It is good to know what trees offer and which trees are best for certain circumstances. We homeowners should consider which trees are sturdy, long-lived, disease-free, beautiful, and most compatible with our lives; and in contrast, which can become more difficult to manage. Which self-sown seedlings should we leave and which to remove?  Which were cute as young planted saplings and which might become beasts later in the landscape. What might cost you $20 to plant today may cost $3,000 to remove in a few decades. What will their future be?

Deciding what tree to plant

How do you decide which tree to plant? Dr. Mellichamp will discuss good and “bad” trees, the process of selecting the best tree species, and point out some pitfalls of poor decisions as to species and site selection. Larry will answer your questions about trees. Think about the trees in your future.

About Larry Mellichamp

Dr. Mellichamp is a retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture and was director of the Botanical Gardens at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Larry is a world traveler and expert on native plants of all kinds. He has received several teaching awards and written several books, including Native Plants of the Southeast…the best species for the garden (Timber Press, 2014); and Bizarre Botanicals (2010) and The Southeast Native Plant Primer (2020) both with Paula Gross. He is the 2016 recipient of the Tom Dodd, Jr. Plantsman Award of Excellence from the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference and the 2022 Flora Caroliniana Award from the N.C. Botanical Garden. He gardens at home in Charlotte where he lives with wife Audrey.


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Topic: SCNPS Upstate Chapter Monthly Meeting 7pm June 21st

Time: Jun 21, 2022 06:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Upstate Field Trip: Carvers Gap, NC

June 11th, 9:30 am: Field Trip
Carvers Gap near Roan Mountain

On June 11, 2022 We will hike the Appalachian Trail to Jane Bald and then the Spur Trail to Grassy Bald for a one way hike of 2.5 miles and then back same way. The Catawba Rhododendron and Flame Azalea will be the main attraction.

There will be a meetup at 9:30am at Mountain Inn & Suites parking at 55 Upward Rd, Flatrock, NC (exit 53 off of I-26 after US 25 joins the interstate).  This meetup would be convenient for people coming from Greenville and West of Greenville.   As another option, meet at Carvers Gap at 11:30am where parking will be a premium.

To register, email Dan Whitten at [email protected].

Pickens Native Plant Garden Open House

 

Pickens County Native Plant Garden Hosts Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday, May 7, 2022, volunteers at the Joe and Maggie Rampey Interpretive Gardens, located at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, SC, will host an open house and children’s scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The garden open house and scavenger hunt are part of the Pickens Azalea Festival.

Children will be challenged to complete a scavenger hunt to locate specific plants native to the Upstate. The selected plants are expected to be in bloom in early May. Garden volunteers will also be available to answer questions and lead tours. In addition to the scavenger hunt, the Pickens County 4-H and Clemson Cooperative Extension will sponsor a hands-on children’s activity.

Unique Garden Showcases Native Plants

Judy Seeley Pickens Museum Native Plant Garden volunteer. 10-2022 Swamp Sunflower in background.

Volunteers are ready to greet visitors on Saturday, May 7.

This unique garden, open since 2009, showcases a great variety of plants that are native to the Upstate. Volunteers from the Upstate Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society, the Master Gardeners of the Foothills, and the Upstate Master Naturalists Association maintain the garden.

According to Carol Asalon, volunteer coordinator, “The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of the garden and to educate visitors of all ages about not only the beauty of native plants but also the crucial role they play in maintaining a diverse and healthy ecosystem.”

Location and more information.

The Pickens County Museum of Art and History is located at 307 Johnson St., Pickens, SC, 29671. For more information contact Carol Asalon at [email protected]

Upstate lecture: Bunched Arrowhead, Our Rarest Plant

April Upstate Meeting: Saving the Bunched Arrowhead, Our Rarest Plant

Tuesday, April 19 @ 6:30 pm8:30   Zoom Meeting

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The Bunched Arrowhead (Sagittaria fasciculata) is one of the nation’s rarest plants.  It is an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act, and it exists only in two counties on earth – mostly in Greenville County and some in Henderson County, NC.  In Greenville County, it lives only in Piedmont Seepage Forests, a rare wetland type, in a band from Berea through Travelers Rest and Taylors to the outskirts of Greer.  It is found in the headwaters of the Reedy, Enoree, and Tyger Rivers.

Because of its limited range and because it is dependent upon these special groundwater-fed wetlands, the Bunched Arrowhead’s continued existence is precarious.  Its habitat has historically been eliminated by farming, livestock, and textile pollution.  Now, it faces the additional threat of development sprawl into northern Greenville County.

Over the last decade, the Native Plant Society has worked with local communities, the SC Department of Natural Resources, Upstate Forever, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Naturaland Trust to preserve Bunched Arrowhead habitat and to fight off development that would destroy these plants and their wetlands.  In northern Greenville County, the Bunched Arrowhead has become a symbol of the fight of local communities against development that would alter forever the rural landscape.

The Program

In this program, Frank Holleman will describe the plant, its habitat, and the fight to save it.  Frank is President of Naturaland Trust, which has acquired a number of Bunched Arrowhead wetlands for conservation, and a Senior Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which has represented the Society and others in battles to protect this plant and its habitat.  Frank is also a member of the Society’s Upstate Board and a native plant volunteer.

  Holleman is President of Naturaland Trust, founded 45 years ago to protect South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.  Frank is also a Senior Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, a regional legal and advocacy nonprofit; coordinates SELC’s coal ash work across the Southeast; and works on clean water issues.  Prior to joining SELC, for about 25 years Frank practiced law at Wyche, Burgess, Freeman, and Parham in Greenville, S.C.  Frank served as the United States Deputy Secretary of Education, as Chief of Staff to U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley, and as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Frank was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and Judge Harrison Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Frank is a graduate of Furman University (magna cum laude), Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc.).  In 2010, he received the Environmental Awareness Award from the State of South Carolina and in 2018 the Carl F. Kohrt Distinguished Alumni Award from the Furman University Alumni Association.  Frank and Anne live in Greenville and have three adult children and three grandchildren.


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Pickens Native Plant Garden Open House

Pickens County Native Plant Garden Hosts Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday, May 7, 2022, volunteers at the Joe and Maggie Rampey Interpretive Gardens, located at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, SC, will host an open house and children’s scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The garden open house and scavenger hunt are part of the Pickens Azalea Festival.

Children will be challenged to complete a scavenger hunt to locate specific plants native to the Upstate. The selected plants are expected to be in bloom in early May. Garden volunteers will also be available to answer questions and lead tours. In addition to the scavenger hunt, the Pickens County 4-H and Clemson Cooperative Extension will sponsor a hands-on children’s activity.

Unique Garden Showcases Native Plants

Judy Seeley Pickens Museum Native Plant Garden volunteer. 10-2022 Swamp Sunflower in background.

Volunteers are ready to greet visitors on Saturday, May 7.

This unique garden, open since 2009, showcases a great variety of plants that are native to the Upstate. Volunteers from the Upstate Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society, the Master Gardeners of the Foothills, and the Upstate Master Naturalists Association maintain the garden.

According to Carol Asalon, volunteer coordinator, “The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of the garden and to educate visitors of all ages about not only the beauty of native plants but also the crucial role they play in maintaining a diverse and healthy ecosystem.”

Location and more information.

The Pickens County Museum of Art and History is located at 307 Johnson St., Pickens, SC, 29671. For more information contact Carol Asalon at [email protected]

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

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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.

Friday, March 25, 2022:
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. open to volunteers, members of SCNPS and Historic Columbia Foundation
3:00 – 6:00 p.mopen 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 shopping early as a perk? 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, 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.

Upstate March Meeting: Conestee Nature Preserve

“Conestee Nature Preserve: A World Apart in the Middle of it All”

Michael Corley, Esq.

Executive Director, Conestee Nature Reserve

Adjunct Instructor at Furman University

Special Counsel for South Carolina Environmental Law Project

 

Michael has spent most of his career as an environmental lawyer, working a decade for an organization dedicated to using the legal system to protect environmental resources. In January 2021, he left that role to take over leadership of the organization that owns and operates the Preserve. Prior to attending law school, Michael earned an engineering degree from Clemson University. He hails from Clinton, SC.

March 15 Zoom Meeting

For our March meeting, Michael will  present: “Conestee Nature Preserve: A World Apart in the Middle of it All” to introduce us to the preserve and its current initiatives.

Being only 6 miles from downtown Greenville, The Conestee Nature Preserve is an easy and accessible nature getaway for many people.  People of different ages and abilities can come to discover, learn, and explore along thirteen miles of trails.  Within its 400 acres, there is a great diversity of habitats where thousands of plant and animal species live and thrive.

Michael will be discussing collaborations between the preserve and the South Carolina Native Plant Society and initiatives at the preserve such as countering the “Nature-Deficit Disorder”.  This is the idea that some behavioral problems are caused by people spending much less time outdoors than they have in the past, especially as children.  Other initiatives at the preserve include balancing human enrichment with ecosystem function and shifting perspectives by connecting people with nature so they will value it more.

Come learn about this oasis of nature in the middle of it all and what it has to offer you!

The zoom link opens at 6:30pm for socializing with the program starting at 7:00pm.

Topic: Upstate SCNPS Program

Time: Mar 15, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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Upstate Spring Native Plant Sale

 

Upstate Spring Native Plant Sale

April 2 @ 8:30 am1:00 pm   Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville

NATIVE PLANT SALE

The sale is a large, in-person style again this Spring at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road in Greenville. The date is Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30am to 1pm. Early admission at 8:30am is for members only with the general public admitted at 9am. Knowledgeable advisors will be on the sale floor to assist customers with plant selection.

The sale includes a wide selection of native shrubs, trees, perennial wildflowers, ferns, vines, and grasses. Cash, credit, and checks accepted. Visit the website, www.scnps.org, in March for updated information and a list of plants available.

Guest Vendors and special exhibits

Guest plant vendors include Carolina Wild, Jeff Miller – Carnivorous plants, Earthen Organics, and Saturnia Farm. Educational exhibits will also be on site, including beekeepers, soil enhancements, books on Native plants and an exotic invasive species public service booth.

Volunteers Needed

Many volunteers are needed to run the sale.  We will train you on the various jobs from moving plants, assisting customers, writing up invoices, holding plants while customers continue to shop, and loading plants into vehicles.  Click on the volunteer form below to see all the ways and times you can help make the sale a success.

To sign up to volunteer, click here!

 

To download a flyer to share with friends and neighbors, click here!

 

 

 

Upstate Spring Native Plant Sale

Upstate Spring Native Plant Sale

April 2 @ 8:30 am1:00 pm

NATIVE PLANT SALE

The sale is a large, in-person style again this Spring at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road in Greenville. The date is Saturday, April 2nd from 8:30am to 1pm. Early admission at 8:30am is for members only with the general public admitted at 9am. Knowledgeable advisors will be on the sale floor to assist customers with plant selection.

The sale includes a wide selection of native shrubs, trees, perennial wildflowers, ferns, vines, and grasses. Cash, credit, and checks accepted. Visit the website, www.scnps.org, in March for updated information and a list of plants available.

Guest plant vendors and educational exhibits will also be on site, including beekeepers, soil enhancements, books on Native plants and an exotic invasive species public service booth.

Volunteers are needed to work at the sale on both April 1 and April 2.  Contact Kathy Harrington: [email protected]