Indoor Meeting Schedule – 2018

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

Friday January 5, 2018 – Bullington Gardens ─ Past, Present, Future
Presenter: John Murphy
John Murphy, Director of Bullington Gardens since 1999, will talk about the educational programs offered for adults and children.

Friday January 12, 2018 – Mystery Wildflower Person
Presenter: Bonnie Arbuckle
Who was Claudia Alta Taylor? What did she do to protect and encourage the use of native plants? Come find the answers.

Friday January 19, 2018 – Naturalists Visit Newfoundland
Presenters: Jim Poling & Penny Longhurst
Jim was amazed by the geology, history, culture, birds, and wildflowers on his visit to Newfoundland in July 2016. His talking about it encouraged Penny to go in July 2017. Jim and Penny will share what they learned and show some pictures that will make you want to visit also.

Friday January 26, 2018 – Landscape of the Southern Appalachians
Presenter: Steve Yurkovich
Steve will provide a brief history of the formation of the southern Appalachians and discuss the geologic processes that likely produced the current landscape. Both geology and topography determine the climate and soils that help produce, in part, the biological diversity of the region. Several rock and soil types will be used to illustrate this diversity.

Friday February 2, 2018 – Water Quality
Presenter: Rachel Claire Muir
The science of landscape ecology provides the tools to restore and evaluate watersheds. Rachel Muir will talk to us about how restoring rivers and streams restores landscapes. Efforts are underway to restore the French Broad River and other rivers and streams in WNC.

Friday, February 9 ─ Fire on the Mountain
Presenter: Peter Bates
Peter Bates, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Conservation & Management and Natural Resources Program Director, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources at Western Carolina University, will discuss the history of fire, the use of fire suppression tactics and how they have shaped our forests in the Southern Appalachians.

Friday, February 16 ─ Women in Botany
Presenter: Jean Woods
Women have played a significant role in Botany and Horticulture in America from the colonial period through the 20th Century. Unfortunately, their contributions are not well known. This talk will discuss several of these intrepid women, their lives, their contributions, and their legacies. We will also take a look at the tools that early botanist used for their field work as we celebrate their lives and accomplishments.

Friday, February 23 ─ Exploring WNC through William Bartram’s Travels
Presenter: Brent Martin
Writer and conservationist Brent Martin will talk on 18th century William Bartram’s 1791 publication, Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaw.

Friday, March 2 ─ Hardy Souls

Friday, March 9 ─ Book Reviews
Presenters: Bonnie Arbuckle & Penny Longhurst
Bonnie will review Earthly Joys and Virgin Earth. Spiderwort Tradescantia was named to honor John Tradescant, gardener to Charles I of England. Philippa Gregory has written fictional historical biographies about him and his son.
Penny will talk about two books: The Curious Mister Catesby: A “Truly Ingenious” Naturalist Explores New Worlds. Edited by David Elliott &‎ E. Nelson. University of Georgia Press March 1, 2015, and Mark Catesby’s 1771 book – The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands.

Friday, March 16 ─ Get Ready for Spring
Presenters: Penny Longhurst & Ken Borgfeldt
Field trips start next week. Are you ready? Do you remember the difference between Rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) and Wood anemone (Anemone quinquifolia)? Do you know your Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) from your False Goatsbeard (Astilbe biternata) or Doll’s Eyes (Actaea pachypoda)? We can help! Today’s presentation will prepare you for many of the plants you might encounter during the next few months, as well as tell new members how to prepare for our field trips.

Friday, March 23 ─ Field Trips start!

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