CNIPM 2022 Summer Seminar

We are excited to announce the CNIPM 2022 Summer Seminar! Heather Alley (Conservation Horticulturist at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia) will be speaking about “Exotic Invasive Plants in the Blue Ridge: What We Stand to Lose”.

Invasive organisms, including plants, are among the top five causes of biodiversity decline during the present era of great extinction. The Highlands area is particularly vulnerable as one of the great biodiversity hotspots in North America. The good news is that there is still a lot left to save and protect and what you plant and allow to persist in your landscape can make a difference. This presentation will showcase efforts of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance to save endangered plant habitats in our region from exotic invasive plants, and highlight plants to avoid in our area and beneficial and beautiful native plants that we can embrace in our home gardens and landscapes instead.

After the presentation, please join us for a tour of local gardens showcasing some of the lovely native plants you can incorporate into your home landscape AND  a how-to on identifying some of our non-native invasive species. Garden locations are still TBD so stay tuned.

Date: August 10, 2022
Location: Highlands Community Building (869 N 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741)
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM with optional tour of local gardens after Heather’s presentation
Cost: Free but please register at the link below

What is CNIPM?

CNIPM is a group of Highlands Conservation partners that work to manage nonnative invasive plants and advocate for native plants. CNIPM partners include the Highlands Biological Station, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, Laurel Garden Club/Land Stewards of the Highlands Plateau, Highlands Plateau Greenway, Highlands HIstorical Sotciety, and the Town of Highlands. For more information, please visit CNIPM’s website.