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

February 1 – Celebrating the Story of the Montreat Wilderness
Presenters: Mary & Joe Standaert
We’ll explore the story of Montreat’s wilderness through a documentary video showing the history of the Montreat cove and the efforts made by the residents and the Conference Center to preserve the wilderness in Montreat over the years. Emphasis will be on the role of passionate individuals, institutions, and concerned citizens in pursuing environmental protections for over 2,400 acres of the Montreat wilderness. A short discussion will follow the video.

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.

March 8 – 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.

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)? We can help! At today’s presentation we will give a quick review of how our field trips work for new members 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.

March 29 – Field Trips start!
Members are sent the full field trip schedule upon receipt of their dues.
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