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North Carolina
Native Plant Society
Southern Piedmont Chapter
January 2021 Meeting

Choose Your Tree
as Carefully As
You Choose Your Pet

Virtual Meeting
Open to the Public

January 10, 2021   2:00pm

In this newsletter...
Southern Piedmont Chapter January Meeting
Join Us!  New Member Special
Native Plant Seed Tutorials
Volunteer Spotlight
Giving Season:  Donate to NCNPS
Paula and Larry's Picks

NEW!  Follow us on Instagram
Follow Us on Facebook  
NCNPS Handouts
UNCC Native Plant Studies Classes
Southern Piedmont Chapter   January 10, 2021

Choose Your Tree as Carefully as You Choose Your Pet
with Dr. Larry Mellichamp
Virtual Meeting  Open to the Public
"You should choose your trees.  Don't let your trees choose you."
Join us on January 10th as Dr. Larry Mellichamp discusses selecting the best trees for your property.  This talk is co-sponsored by UNCC Botanical Gardens.

Despite damage from storms, wind, and ice and fear of a tree falling on you or your home, people seem to want to plant large (and small) trees in their yards and along streets and feel they add value to their property. Organizations such as Arbor Day Foundation and TreesCharlotte do encourage homeowners to plant trees for the future. BUT…it is good to know which trees are best for certain circumstances – not all trees species are equal.

Tree seedlings come up spontaneously in our woods, parks, vacant lots, and flower beds from natural dispersal – which ones should we leave and which to remove?  What might cost you $10 to plant today may cost $2000+ to remove in a few decades. What will their future be?

How do you decide which tree to plant? Dr. Mellichamp will discuss the process of selecting the best tree species, and point out some pitfalls of poor decisions as to site selection along with answering any questions about trees.

Think about the trees in your future.
Register Here
Dr. Larry Mellichamp, PhD, is professor emeritus of botany and horticulture at UNC Charlotte.  His talks about native plants and guided hikes are treasured by native plant enthusiasts throughout the state. 
Wild about natives but not a member?  Take advantage of our new member special this month.  You can join at this link:
As 2020 comes to an end, we would like to express our gratitude to those who made the Southern Piedmont Chapter's programs and hikes successful in spite of all the restrictions and barriers.

We are most grateful to Beth Davis, co-chair of the chapter. Beth spent countless hours this year organizing our events, learning to host virtual presentations and create videos for YouTube, posting on social media and generally promoting the mission of the Native Plant Society.  When you next see Beth, thank her for her leadership.

We also want to thank others who made 2020 successful.
  • Roxanne Newton, our volunteer coordinator.  Hopefully there will be volunteer opportunities to coordinate in 2021.
  • Craig Maxwell for using his graphic arts talents to help with video editing.
  • Lisa Tompkins for sharing her native plant expertise on our social media accounts.
  • Laura Domingo for hosting and coordinating our visits to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.
  • AmyTipton for co-hosting several zoom meetings and providing awesome tech support.
  • Carrie DeJaco for volunteering to assist with getting us up to speed on Zoom protocols.
  • LIz Wahls for posting our events on and on Twitter
  • Ed Davis for coordinating our hike at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.
  • Hike leaders Laura Domingo, Carrie DeJaco and Dr. Larry Mellichamp.
  • Betsy Cooke for always bringing lots of plants for door prizes when we meet in person.
  • Our speakers this year:  Charlie Williams, Rich Mogensen, Lisa Tompkins, Paula Gross, Dr. Larry Mellichamp, Sean Bloom, Vanessa Covington, Will Stuart, Kristen Haas and Alice Chambers.
                                                                              Carol Fox, newsletter editor
Southern Piedmont Chapter members met at Reedy Creek Park recently for a socially distanced native plant seed exchange.  Dr. Larry Mellichamp gave tips for saving and starting seeds and answered member questions.  For those of you who couldn't attend here are two videos created by Dr. Mellichamp about collecting, cleaning and starting native plant seeds for your garden.
Volunteer Spotlight
Our newest volunteer, Craig Maxwell, is editing and creating beautiful graphics for our Zoom videos.  Craig in his own words:

My name is Craig Maxwell. I've lived in NC for 25 years, most of which has been spent in Charlotte. I started gardening a few years ago in memory of my grandmother and her love of nature. I joined the Native Plant Society in the hopes of learning more about how to build an ecologically healthy garden. Aside from gardening, I play rugby for the Charlotte Royals and I paint and draw when I manage to find the time.
Our Last Plea to You
for our 2020 Giving Campaign

Help NCNPS cultivate North Carolina’s next generation of botanists through a donation to the Tom and Bruce Shinn Fund in this giving season.
"We can’t conserve what we don’t understand -- the Shinn Fund provides basic research funds that leverage that research and understanding and to train a new generation of plant conservation professionals." Dr. Alan S. Weakley, Director, UNC Herbarium, North Carolina Botanical Garden, author of Flora of the Southeastern United States

Your generous donation in December will fund grants for other students like Hannah Dinkins.

Please donate today so the native plants you cherish will be conserved tomorrow and always.
Donate Today
Paula and Larry's Picks
New to gardening with native plants?

The photo above shows yaupon holly (ilex vomitoria), a shrub recommended by Paula Gross and Dr. Larry Mellichamp as one of the best plants for going native in your garden. 

There are several selections of yaupon holly for your garden: the upright form that can grow to 20' over time, a weeping form, and a dwarf form that grows 1 to 4 feet.  This shrub is very attractive in winter with fine green leaves and persistent red berries.  The dwarf form has no berries and looks like boxwood.

Native American tribes made tea from the leaves.  It is said that the name comes from the Catawban language meaning "little tree". Yaupon is the only caffeinated plant native to North America.  Yaupon tea can be purchased online.

You can learn more about the best native plants for your garden in Paula and Larry's new book The Southeast Native Plant Primer.  The UNCC Botanical Gardens offers copies of their book to purchase at this link:

Not a NCNPS Member?

Don't miss out on members only hikes.  Join us now and become a Southern Piedmont Chapter Wildflower Warrior.

Learn about member benefits and sign up here.

The Southern Piedmont Chapter is now on Instagram.  Follow our posts at ncnps.spchapter.
Follow us on Facebook. 

The Southern Piedmont Chapter has a Facebook page and a Facebook group.  Learn about our events and native plants and enjoy conversations with fellow native plant enthusiasts.

Click to LIKE our Facebook page and join the conversation.
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.
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