Native Plants in the Upstate

 
The Simpsonville Garden Club was treated to a presentation by Dr. Bill Stringer, retired Clemson agronomist, on South Carolina’s native plants and their connection to birds and pollinators at their monthly meeting on March 21st. 
 
Native plants are those that occur naturally in an area. Native species have evolved over time with the biological and physical factors specific to their region such as soil, climate, and rainfall. Dr. Stringer emphasized that all gardeners should plant native plants which support pollinators and wildlife rather than exotics which our birds and butterflies cannot use as host or nectar sources. He focused on native grasses and their role in managing the ecosystem.

 Past President of the South Carolina Native Plant Society, Dr. Stringer is the society’s current Membership Committee Chair.  The non-profit organization is committed to the preservation and protection of native plant communities in South Carolina, working to make this happen by providing programs and activities including field trips, plant rescues, native plant sales, monthly educational lectures and educational journals.

 Based in Central and Greenville, the Upstate Native Plant Society Chapter holds meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. alternately in Central and Greenville. Central meetings are held in Founder’s Hall in the Dining Commons at Southern Wesleyan University in Central. In Greenville, meetings are held at McAlister Square (University Center), 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive in Multipurpose Room #2. Facing McAlister Square, use the Greenville Technical College entrance at the far right side of the mall near Publix. Visitors are always welcome.  For more information visit http://scnps.org/.