Bird-Friendly Communities

South Carolina Native Plant Week

The third week of October is South Carolina Native Plant Week. Celebrate by joining us for one of the many events planned across the state!
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Thanks to a bill championed by Audubon and signed into into law by the South Carolina General Assembly in March 2018, the third week in October is now permanently designated as SC Native Plant Week.

To mark the occasion, please join Audubon South Carolina for one of the many events we and our partners are hosting around the state to recognize the vital role native plants play in restoring habitat for both migrating and resident birds, reducing resource use and pollution, and mitigating the effects flooding by improving soil health and drainage.

Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 13

Spring Island Native Plant Sale
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Spring Island, SC

A variety of native plants, from trees to shrubs to flowers and ferns, will be on sale. More information: To see a list of plants available for sale, click here.

Native Plant Society, Upstate Chapter – Plant Sale
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Oct 13 & 14)
Location: 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville, SC

This sale will include a wide selection of native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, and ferns. To download a list of the plants that will be available, click here.

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Native Plant Society, Piedmont Chapter – Native Plant Walk
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, SC

Open to all SC NPS members and the public, the Piedmont Chapter will kick-off SC Native Plant Week with an educational hike at the Anne Springs Close Greenway  Fort Mill, SC) on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Titled “Native Plants and the World They Support”, this discovery walk will ask the questions: What makes a plant “pest resistant” and do we really want that? Why are native plants important to all of us? This walk will be a good one for kids and dogs, so bring the family!

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Sunday, October 14

Audubon South Carolina – Native Plant Walk
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 2120 East Main Street, Dorchester, SC

In celebration of Native Plant Week, come join Audubon South Carolina for a special walk through the woods at one of Beidler Forest's newest properties: Walnut Branch. This unique piece of land sits on a bluff overlooking Four Holes Swamp, a few miles downstream from the visitor’s center and boardwalk. This two-hour hike will be led by David Bourgeois, Forester for the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation.

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Native Plant Society, Upstate Chapter – Plant Sale
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Oct 13 & 14)
Location: 180 Lakewood Drive, Greenville, SC

This sale will include a wide selection of native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, and ferns. To download a list of the plants that will be available, click here.

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Monday, October 15

Friends of Jocassee Invasive Plant Removal Workday
Time: 10:00 am –12:00 pm
Location: Devils Fork State Park, 161 Holcombe Circle, Salem, SC 29676

The Friends of Jocassee are holding a workday at Devils Fork State Park. We will be working to remove and eradicate invasive non-native species, such as Mimosa trees and Kudzu, that are beginning to take hold and spread in the park.

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Doug Tallamy Native Plant Lecture
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: The Sandcastle on Kiawah Island, SC

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home and Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, will explain why relationships between animals and native plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. Tallamy will explain why native plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere.

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Tuesday, October 16

Native Plant Garden Installation at Francis Beidler Forest
Time: 9:00 am –11:00 am
Location: Audubon Center at Beidler Forest, 336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville SC

Help us plant our native plant garden outside of the outdoor classroom to celebrate native plant week at Francis Beidler Forest. We'll be planting a variety of native plants known to inhabit Beidler Forest in an educational setting for educational instruction on native plant ID, as well as useful habitat for the birds and wildlife of the forest. 

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Native Plant Society, Upstate Chapter Lecture: “Being a Native Plant Advocate”
Time: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
Location: Landrum Depot, 211 North Trade Street, Landrum, SC

Come listen to speaker Bill Jones, President and Founder of Carolina Native Nursery in Burnsville, NC. Established in 2003, Carolina Native grows close to 200 species of eastern U.S. native shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses, specializing in seed-grown rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurels indigenous to the Southern Appalachian mountains.

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Native Plant Society, Lowcountry Chapter Lecture
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Duckett Hall, The Citadel, Charleston, SC

Details coming soon!

Thursday, October 18

Audubon South Carolina’Governor’s Mansion Bird and Plant Walk
Time: 9:00 am –11:00 am
Location: 800 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Celebrate South Carolina's Native Plant Week at the Governor's Mansion grounds with a bird walk and native plant garden tour. Last year many bird friendly native plants were planted on site so come see the result!

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Saturday, October 20

Foraging Tour with Jocassee Lake Tours
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Devils Fork State Park Boat Ramp

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Native Plant Society, Lowcountry Chapter – Native Plant Sale
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC

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Columbia Garden Club Plant Exchange
Time: Setup: 8:45am – 9:45 am; event starts at 10:00 am
Location: 4711 Forest Drive, Columbia SC

Plants from members’ gardens and from the public at large are cut and shared free of charge every fall and spring. This highly anticipated and media blitzed public project has been an on-going community service since 1927.

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Native Plant Society, Midlands Chapter – Native Plant Swap
Time: 10 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 2916 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210

Come join the Midlands Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society in celebrating the wonderful world of native plants. We are holding our autumn plant and seed exchange in conjunction with the Richland Library St. Andrews. Bring your labeled plants and seeds, native and nonnative, at 9:30 and swap them for others. The event is free and open to everyone. You do not have to bring plants to take plants.

For further information, contact Linda at

Thursday, October 25

Piedmont Audubon, Native Plants and Songbirds Lecture
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: St. Francis Episcopal Church, 601 Webber Road, Spartanburg, SC


Lest We Forget

Lest we forget why we're all celebrating South Carolina's native flora, we'll quote below from the South Carolina Native Plant Society:

For ease:  Native plants properly sited and planted are hardy and adapted to normal weather extremes.

For wildlife:  Native plants provide food and shelter for 10 to 15 times as many species of native wildlife as non-native plants.

For wild pollinators:  Native plants support wild pollinators vital for fruit production and other foods we eat.

For water savings:  Native plants normally get the moisture they need from rain, while a 1000-square-foot lawn requires 10,000 gallons of water per summer to keep it green.

For air quality:  Native plants don’t require motorized equipment, while lawn mowers, string trimmers, and leaf blowers emit 10 to 34 times more hydrocarbon than a typical car.

For beauty:  In a world that is becoming increasingly homogenized, native plants help us blend our land and buildings into the surrounding environment, creating a landscape that is regional, unique, and beautiful.


For more information, contact Audubon South Carolina’s Bird Friendly Communities Coordinator Jennifer McCarthy Tyrrell,