March 7 “WNC Spring Wildflowers and Their Pollinators”

February 16th, 2019
By Deborah

Sierra Club presents on Thursday, March 7, 7 PM “WNC Spring Wildflowers and Their Pollinators” by Botanist Tim Spira. 
Learn how our flowers and pollinators help each other.
Location:  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl (Corner of Charlotte & Edwin). Free and open to the public.

Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828-683-2176

Tim Spira

Botanist Tim Spira will show photograph and discuss interesting characteristics of common and conspicuous, as well as rare and unusual, spring wildflowers, including trilliums, trout lily, wild ginger, mayapple, bearcorn, Jack-in-the-pulpit, pink lady’s slipper, cucumber root, Oconee bells, and many others, including a few shrubs and trees. Tim will include examples of how plants interact with pollinators, herbivores (animals that feed on plants), and seed dispersal agents, including birds, bears, and ants.

Tim Spira is a plant ecologist, native plant gardener, and professor emeritus at Clemson University where he taught field botany and plant ecology, and did research on plant-pollinator interactions for more than 20 years. He’s published more than 30 papers in scientific journals including a cover article in the journal Nature. He’s the author of the award winning book, Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia (UNC Press). His latest book is Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: 30 Great Hikes (UNC Press).

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