Native Plant Society
Southern Piedmont Chapter
In-Person plus Virtual Meeting
August 8, 2021 12:00pm-3:00pm
Green Fiends: The Insect Eaters
Dr. Larry Mellichamp
In this newsletter... Southern Piedmont Chapter August Meeting
Southern Piedmont Chapter September Meeting
Message from Beth Davis, SPC Co-Chair
Native Gardening Job Opportunity
Join US NCNPS Handouts
UNCC Native Plant Studies Classes
Follow Us on Social Media
Green Fiends: The Insect Eaters with Dr. Larry Mellichamp
co-sponsored by UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
A Learning Experience for All Ages
Masks Required For All Events
Help us celebrate our return to in-person meetings in August by joining us for a day devoted to learning about carnivorous plants at UNCC Botanical Gardens. You’ll find fun for everyone so bring the kids and grandkids.
The main event is a presentation by Dr. Larry Mellichamp at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to the public both live or via Zoom and Facebook Live.
Carnivorous Plants of North Carolina
2:00pm Live and Zoom
"The flowers are pretty but the leaves are deadly."
Have you ever wondered why there are so many weird plants in the world - like flying dragons, eyeball flowers, spider’s-tresses, and bleeding-hearts? The answer is because the flowers are designed for certain pollinators and people think they look like all kinds of things.
Carnivorous plants on the other hand are a bizarre group of insect-eating plants where the LEAVES are designed to lure, capture and digest insects and other small animals. There are more different kinds of carnivorous plants in North Carolina than anywhere else in the world. They include the famous Venus Flytrap, pitcher plants, sundews, butterworts and bladderworts. They all grow in southeastern North Carolina, south of Wilmington in an area known generally as the Green Swamp
Dr. Mellichamp will talk about some of the plants – where they grow and how they work to catch insects.
Dr. Larry Mellichamp, PhD, is professor emeritus of botany and horticulture at UNC Charlotte. Carnivorous plants are among his favorite plants. His talks about native plants and guided hikes are treasured by native plant enthusiasts throughout the state.
More Carnivorous Fun
Prior to Dr. Mellichamp's talk, an indoor exploration station will be available to the public.
Other activities available to NCNPS members only include guided tours of the carnivorous courtyard (one for adults and one for families) and two workshops on bog garden containers. Kid-friendly fly-trap kits will be available for purchase.
Open to the public 12:00-1:30pm Free Location: McMillan Greenhouse
Take Home Fly-Trap Kits
Available for purchase $7
Carnivorous Courtyard Tours
Members Only $5 per person Limited to 15 per tour. Location: McMillan Greenhouse
12:45-1:30pm Families and Kids
Bog Container Workshops
Members Only $50 for workshop and supplies to make a bog dish garden. Limited to 12 per session Sessions at 12:00 and 12:45 Location: McMillan Greenhouse Headhouse
Carnivorous Plants of North Carolina
with Dr. Larry Mellichamp
Open to the public 2:00-3:00pm Free Location: Friday Building Room 106 Can't make it to UNCC for the program? Join the meeting on Zoom or Facebook Live. Find the Facebook Live presentation at https://www.facebook.com/NCNPSouthernPiedmont
Use the registration button below to register for all activities at the Green Fiends Event including the in-person presentation and the zoom link for the presentation.
We need a few volunteers to help at the various learning stations, greeting attendees and giving directions, and with Facebook Live and Zoom. Sign up to help at this link.
UNCC Lot 5 at 9303 Martin Village Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262 Activity Locations
McMillan Greenhouse 9026 Craver Road
Friday Building 9209 Mary Alexander Road
September 12, 2021
The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee and How We Can Use Them Today
Join us in September, when Mark Warren will talk about valuable lessons and skills that can be learned from the native people who inhabited the southeastern part of the United States. He will discuss how some of the most common native plants and trees were used by the Cherokee for food, medicine, insect repellent, crafts, shelter and fire.
Message from Beth Davis, Southern Piedmont Chapter Co-Chair
Supporting Native Plant Legislation in NC
The NC Native Plant Society recently presented a public letter of support to NC Senators Bill Rabon and Tom McInnis in support of SB 628, which directs NC DOT to plant native plants in roadways and other NC lands. The bill, SB 628, has already passed the Senate and is the strongest native plants legislation yet in North Carolina. We need your help to ensure it becomes law. You can read the full text of the bill here.
We have received some questions about our support of this legislation. While such legislation clearly aligns with the mission of NCNPS, I have also been inspired to support this law by the writings of Doug Tallamy. His books, Bringing Nature Home, and Nature’s Best Hope and his recent Homegrown National Park Project (link here: https://homegrownnationalpark.org/ ) offer each of us an opportunity to fight climate change in our own home gardens. Shouldn’t we consider the public lands of NC an extension of our home gardens?
We encourage members and friends in Charlotte and the Piedmont to join us in support of this legislation in the following ways:
Contact your NC House representative with a letter of support for this bill. You can find the email address of your representative at the link here by simply entering your mailing address: FindYourLegislators. If you would like to see some sample letters of support you can access them in the file here:
Share your advocacy on social media and encourage your environmentally active and native plant friends to advocate as well.
Get involved! The Southern Piedmont chapter is always looking for active and passionate native plant lovers to continue to provide programing and education to our local community. If you’d like to share your skills, please reach out to Beth Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being an advocate for North Carolina's native plants. Beth Davis
The Annual NCNPS Picnic in Charlotte???
Would you like to see the June NCNPS picnic held in Charlotte rather than Greensboro? To bring the picnic to Charlotte would require the assistance of approximately 30 volunteers.
Send an email to Beth Davis at email@example.com if you would be interested in helping out. This is not a commitment, just a way to gauge interest. We can't do it without you.
Native Gardening Job Opportunity
Laura Domingo, Naturalist at Reedy Creek Nature Center, needs help in maintaining the native gardens and landscaping beds around the Nature Center.
Here is the job description. Are you ready to join a dynamic, mission-driven team? Our goal is to become people’s favorite Interpretive site in North Carolina. The only way to do this is by having a creative and enthusiastic team.
Responsibilities: Assist with the design and maintenance of our native garden and landscape beds surrounding Reedy Creek Nature Center. Deliver impromptu programs to Nature Preserve guests who might be interested in native plants, backyard habitats, pollinators, etc. Assist with nature center operations as needed.
This position is a permanent position with an average of 19hrs./week, salary begins at $12.69/hr. To apply submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Time to Start Collecting Seeds for our December Seed Share
See Guidelines for Ethical Seed Collection below plus a volunteer opportunity to help create a seed library at Reedy Creek Nature Center.
The Southern Piedmont Chapter in partnership with Reedy Creek Nature Center is interested in starting a seed library.
What’s that? From the seed libraries website, “A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee and is run for the public benefit. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers.” Some focus on seeds for growing food or ornamental gardens. Our library would focus on native plants of the Piedmont and would be free.
We are currently looking for volunteers who are be interested in helping us to get this project off the ground. We would like to create a small committee to spearhead this effort. The library would be located at Reedy Creek Nature Center and we are looking at premiering it in the fall/winter of 2021.
We were inspired by the NCNPS Blue Ridge Chapter's new seed library at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Read more about their library here.
If you would like to learn more about seed libraries before committing, please follow this link: http://seedlibraries.weebly.com/
Guidelines for Ethical Wild Seed Collection NCNPS supports the use of native plants in landscaping and ecological restoration, and encourages the collection and sharing of seeds, spores and cuttings from native plants on your own property. We must, however, recognize the sensitivity of these plants as well as the wild environments in which they grow. With the goal of plant conservation and maintaining healthy native plant populations in mind, NCNPS has developed the following guidelines for the ethical collection of native plant propagules from natural areas.
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: https://ncwildflower.org/native_plants/handouts/
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.