Native Plant Society
Southern Piedmont Chapter
January 2022 Meeting
Conserving North Carolina's Imperiled Plants
January 9, 2022 2:00pm
Online Meeting Open to the Public
In this newsletter... Conserving North Carolina's Imperiled Plants
February 2022 Meeting
New Year New Leaders
Reedy Creek Native Seed Library
Resources for Native Plant Cultivation and Propagation
NCNPS Annual Picnic
In case you missed it... NCNPS Handouts
UNCC Native Plant Studies Classes
Join us online for our January meeting when Lesley Starke, Program Manager of the NC Plant Conservation Program, will discuss efforts to conserve North Carolina's imperiled native plants.
North Carolina is a botanically rich state with high species diversity, but also an increasing number of imperiled plant species. The NC Plant Conservation Program’s mission is to conserve the native flora of our state, now and for future generations. To us, that means understanding the threats to the native plants and building conservation programs to mitigate those threats for the long-term survival of our unique natural history. One strategy is to permanently protect the habitats where these plants grow and to manage those sites for the target plant species as well as the natural communities they call home.
Lesley Starke is the Program Manager for the NC Plant Conservation Program. Her background is in nature preserve design and land/species conservation strategies. She is passionate about active, adaptive management of special places and imperiled species. In her eleven years with the Plant Conservation Program, she has been able to participate in and observe many tangible successes in plant conservation and is excited about sharing those stories with others.
February 2022 Meeting
with Dr. Larry Mellichamp
Lisa Tompkins and I are thrilled to introduce you to the new Southern Piedmont Chapter Co-Chairs, Laura Domingo and Craig Maxwell. Laura and Craig have contributed in many ways to the vitality and success of our local chapter and we are grateful for them.
Laura is a naturalist and our host at Reedy Creek Nature Center. She has led hikes locally and shared her passion not only of the native plants found in our region, but also more broadly the wildlife and insect life they support. She has also volunteered to co-Chair the 2022 NCNPS Statewide Annual Picnic with Carrie DeJaco on Saturday, June 11 at Pfeiffer University.
Craig Maxwell participates in the UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden Native Plant Certificate program, is a successful native plant grower from seed, and has contributed his graphic design skills to our chapter in editing our chapter zoom meetings for YouTube. He has also provided invaluable IT and media assistance in setting up digital zoom meetings in a variety of locations over the past 18 months with a WIDE variety of challenges.
Lisa and I want to thank all of the local chapter members for their support these past few years. The programs, hikes, community events, newsletters, work days and so much more could not have happened without the many chapter volunteers who stepped forward. We were just the tip of the iceberg of a vital and active native plant chapter of fellow plant geeks. We’ve made so many new plant friends along the way, and look forward to more hikes, outings and seed swaps.
Beth Davis and Lisa Tompkins
Laura Domingo I am very excited to be guiding the chapter with Craig Maxwell, although we have very large shoes to fill! I hope to continue to create space for us to connect with each other and the native plant world through dynamic talks and engaging walks.
Craig Maxwell I've lived in NC for most of my life and I've been a gardener for several years, but it wasn't until 2020 that I learned the importance of native plants. I'm fascinated with the ways native plants can help us re-establish and appreciate healthy ecosystems and my hope is for our chapter to reach out and inspire younger generations to become engaged.
Southern Piedmont Chapter members thank Beth and Lisa for their many years of tireless work on behalf of our chapter. The many hours they spent on programs and outreach grew our chapter into one of the most vibrant in the state.
Native Plant Seed Library
Reedy Creek Nature Center now has a Native Seed Library. This free seed library is housed inside the Reedy Creek Nature Center with the main feature being seeds from the local Piedmont area. We are starting out small and encourage feedback as we grow and learn from this endeavor.
Kendra Dixon of Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation is holding the sign in the photo.
We will have a variety of seeds, depending on the time of year, available for the public to come in and take. You do not have to give seeds in order to take some. We do encourage you to take only what you can use. Each seed packet has the date collected, common and scientific name. There are pamphlets available with basic information about growing from seed as well as links for more information. Staff will be available, when they are able, to answer questions.
We do invite folks to drop off seeds if they have them. There will be a basket for drop-offs and a sign that will give the information that we need (at the very least date, location, common/scientific name). If you have any questions or feedback please send them to Kendra.Dixon@MeckNC.gov
Stop by, browse the selection of native seeds
and take some home to sow in your own garden.
Resources for Native Plant Cultivation and Propagation
In 2001 when NCNPS was called the North Carolina Wildflower Preservation Society, our organization published a native plant propagation handbook. This handbook is loaded with information about the cultivation and propagation of native plants. It includes a chapter on seed propagation. Although no longer in print, the North Carolina Native Plant Propagation Handbook can be found at this link.
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager at JC Raulston Arboretum, discusses sowing seeds now that need winter chill in this video. Watch now.
Don’t forget as you work in your home garden this winter. The Southern Piedmont Chapter is hosting the annual NCNPS state picnic in June. If you are dividing native plants in your garden please pot some up to donate to our annual native plant sale. This sale is one of the best opportunities of the year to get and share a wide variety of native plants, all donated by fellow native plant enthusiasts.
Support the mission of the North Carolina Native Plant Society.
Get to know your fellow native plant enthusiasts.
Don't miss any of our members-only hikes and events.
Annual membership only $25 for individuals and $35 for families.
In case you missed it... Use the links below to watch the zoom recordings of the speakers at our last two online meetings.
Clint Brooks of Mecklenburg County Natural Resources discusses the unique challenges and safety requirements for prescribed fires in Charlotte’s urban setting. Watch here.
Join Mark Warren of the Medicine Bow Wilderness School as he discusses how some of the most common native trees and plants were used by the Cherokee for food, medicine, insect repellant, crafts, shelter and fire. Watch here.
NCNPS has four handouts to help you select native plants for your garden. They are Favorite Native Plants for the Garden, A Native Plant Color Palette for the Garden, Native Groundcovers for the Garden and Ferns. You can download a copy of these handouts at this link.
UNCC Certificate in Native Plant Studies
UNCC Botanical Gardens has new classes in its Native Plant Studies certificate program. They include basic and advanced botany, sustainable gardening, landscape design, soils and wildflower ID. Click on this link for more information and to register for classes.