Category Archives: Indoor Meeting

Are You Ready to Botanize – 2020?!

Will you be ready for our field trips (if we ever get to do any)? We can help! This presentation will  prepare you for some of the plants you might encounter during the next few months. If you find any … Continue reading

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For the Love of Trees – Poetic Snippets and Quotes

Compiled by Cindy Carpenter, January 17, 2020  White Pine: graceful growth; appearance in the wind- “….swift and enchanting changes of light against masses of bluish green.”- Loundsberry “And there’s never a leaf nor a blade too mean to be some … Continue reading

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The Trillium erectum Species Complex of the Southern Appalachians. Katherine G. Mathews, PhD – November 8, 2019

Friday, November 8 – The Trillium erectum species complex of the Southern Appalachians Presenter: Katherine G. Mathews, PhD,,  Associate Professor of Biology & Director of the Herbarium, Western Carolina University Kathy’s presentation covered the distinctive characteristics of six Trillium species … Continue reading

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Are You Ready to Botanize?!

Are you ready for our field trips? After all this time, do you remember the difference between Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) and Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquifolia)? We can help! This presentation will give a quick review of how our field … Continue reading

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Holiday Fest – December 14, 2018

We had a great turnout in spite of the wet & snowy weather. Scroll down to see Ken’s Holiday Movie and the “Re-Buttal”!   &…

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Naturalists Visit Newfoundland – January 19, 2018

Jim Poling was amazed by the geology, history, culture, birds, and wildflowers on his visit to Newfoundland in July 2016. His talking about it encouraged Penny Longhurst to go in July 2017. Jim and Penny will share what they learned … Continue reading

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Death Valley – 2016 Wildflower Super Bloom – February 17, 2017

Presenters: Joe and Mary Standaert. Death Valley is the hottest, driest place on the entire North American continent. But once every 10 years or so, something magical happens: The valley explodes with a rare floral “super bloom,” in which its … Continue reading

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February 10 – Buckspring Lodge—Vanderbilt Estate

Most years we walk the Buck Spring Trail from Pisgah Inn to the site of George Vanderbilt’s hunting lodge. Have you ever wondered what the building looked like or how it was used by Vanderbilt and his guests? Bill Alexander, … Continue reading

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Holiday Fest 2016

Good friends, great food, and Ken’s “Blooms and Bloopers” slide show. What more could we ask for? Happy Holidays, everyone!  

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Meet the Salamanders of Western North Carolina: Origins, Diversity, and Conservation – November 11, 2016

The origin of amphibians is traced back to about 350 million years ago when ancient fishes began their invasion of the land. One product of this long evolutionary history – modern salamanders of the Southern Appalachian Mountains – displays extraordinary … Continue reading

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