Indoor Meeting Schedule: 2018 – 2019

All programs are held in the Hicks Room at the Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, NC 28792 unless otherwise stated. The programs begin at 2:00 p.m.

Programs are cancelled if Hendersonville schools are closed due to weather conditions. Information on school closings can be found on most local radio and TV stations and on the internet at

November 2 – History of Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Presenter: Suzanne Wodek
Suzanne, a past President of the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, will present a program focusing on the history and function of this unique 10 acre public garden featuring plants native to Western North Carolina.

November 9 – Emerald Ash Borer
Presenter: Bob Gayle – Mountain True
Bob will discuss the growing threat of non-native invasive insects to forests in Western North Carolina, including the current status of Emerald Ash Borer and the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Mountain True is active in working in a number of ways to counter both of these invaders. Bob will also alert us to some future species to be on the lookout for.

November 16 – TBA

November 23 – Thanksgiving Weekend ─ No Program

November 30 – Holiday Greenery & Craft Sale at Bullington Gardens ─ No Program

December 7 – Honey Bees and Company
Presenter: Gretchen Pettis
Charismatic honey bees are excellent ambassadors for the topic of pollination. The creatures, however, who contribute to most plant reproduction come in many shapes, sizes and species, of which, the European honey bee is only one. Learn how to recognize lesser known pollinators and beneficial species in your landscape and tips for increasing their numbers.

December 14 – Holiday Fest ─ Mishaps & Events 2018
Presenter: Ken Borgfeldt
Come to meet and greet new and old friends. Bring your favorite lunch dish or desert to share. Beverages are provided and table service will be available for those who don’t bring their own. Our program is a slide show of our past year.

Dec 21, 28 & Jan 4 – No programs will be presented over the holidays.

January 11 – Winter Residents of Western NC
Presenter: Jim Poling
Jim will show his photographs of birds that commonly reside in western NC in the winter. Common birds like American Robins, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, and less common birds like Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-rumpled Warbler, and Hermit Thrush will be shown and discussed

Friday, January 18 – Butterflies and Bugs
Presenter: Gayle Mercurio
Who’d a thought? A fun and fact filled presentation on fascinating butterflies, bugs, spiders and other critters seen in our area and on our fantastic botanical hikes.

January 25 – History of the Pisgah National Forest
Presenter: Marci Spencer
Marci will discuss the natural, human and cultural history of some of the most significant, well-visited areas of the Pisgah Ranger District in the Pisgah National Forest, and some not-to-miss scenic wonders in Pisgah’s Appalachian and Grandfather Ranger Districts as well.

February 1 – Rhododendron Maximum’s Effect on the Appalachian Forests
Presenter: Chelcy Miniat
Southern Appalachian forests have high biodiversity. Disturbances have altered forest structure and species composition affecting watersheds. This presentation will focus on decades of research on the role that Rhododendrons play in shaping southern Appalachian forest composition, productivity and hydrology.

February 8 – Tale of Two Meadows
Presenter: Randy Burroughs
With habitat loss being the major cause of wildlife decline; and lawn being the #1 crop of that land, meadows are the happy solution to one of our worst cultural habits. We will examine two meadows, one for civilized gardeners and one for gardening naturalists, bird, bee and butterfly approved. Local plants are emphasized and site analysis will be discussed along with design, plant sources, establishment and meadow culture.

February 15 – Status of Echinacea laevigata in South Carolina: another sun lover eking out a living on skinny edges and ‘ephemeral’ woodlands
Presenter: David White
David will share some of the results from the 2017 Smooth Coneflower (Echinacea laevigata) status survey for SC, associated ‘indicator’ species, population delineation, and the management challenges in maintaining open woodland and prairie-like conditions for sun-loving plants like Echinacea laevigata, Symphyotrichum georgianum, Rudbeckia heliopsidis and others.

February 22 – Spring Migrants of Western NC
Presenter: Jim Poling
Warblers, Thrushes, and Flycatchers are among the bird families that migrate to the tropics for the winter and return in the spring. Some pass through on their way to New England and Canada; others settle here for nesting. We will review photos and discuss the interesting behaviors of some of these birds.

March 1 Hardy Souls ─ Mystery Walk in the Woods
Leader: Larry Ballard
This is always more an adventure than a walk! We’re never sure where Larry is going to take us so you will have to show up to find out. A walking stick and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended.
Meeting Place and time TBA.

Friday, March 8 – Name That Botanist
Presenter: Mary Standaert
We study our plants, but what do we know about our botanists? André Michaux, Asa Gray, John Fraser, William Bartram, Ferdinand Rugel, to name just few. Who were they? What were their stories? What did they contribute to our understanding of the natural world? This is a look at their rich history and their personal and scientific lives.

March 15 – Get Ready for Spring Blooms
Presenter: Penny Longhurst
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)? Do you know your disc flowers from your ray flowers? We can help! At today’s presentation we will give a quick review of how our field trips work for new members, explain a few botanical terms to aid with plant identifications, and prepare you for some of the plants you might encounter during the next few months.

March 22 Chimney Rock State Park Update
Presenter: Stephen Tillotson
A park ranger will talk about access areas to the lands of Chimney Rock State Park, trail conditions, new developments, current road and parking repairs, the finished elevator, the new version of the Skyline Trail to the top of the waterfall, and the newly accessible area of Eagle Rock parking and Weed Patch Mountain Trail. The ranger will also touch a little bit about why and how we are battling invasive plants and upcoming events for spring.

Members are sent the full field trip schedule upon receipt of their dues.
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