Monday, February 10, 2014

Native Plants of the Southeast—It's Here! And you can win one!

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Find out who won here
Thank you to all who participated!

Prunus serotina with summer tanager, pg. 32

For those of us who love plants, it's time to celebrate! Native Plants of the Southeast — A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden is now available! I've had a hard time waiting for this book, especially since the cover shot debuted a while ago. Isn't it enticing?!

Native Plants of the Southeast -
A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species
For the Garden
Author: Larry Mellichamp
Photographer: Will Stuart
Publisher: Timber Press
Hardcover, 367 pages
The inside is just as good as the beautiful cover. Do you wonder, "What is a native plant? Why grow them?" You'll find out! One reason: Native plants bring native birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife into your garden. If you've never considered native plants before, this is the book to convince you to try them.

If you're already a native plant fan, you'll be itching to read about the 460 plants included in the profiles. Besides that rainbow of wildflowers on the cover, ferns and grasses, aquatic plants, vines, shrubs, conifers, and trees are all covered and rated with regard to their usefulness in the home garden.

Each profile begins with where you are likely to see the plant in the wild and a description of the plant that includes any unusual identifying characteristics. How it can be propagated, how it might be used in the landscape, ease of cultivation and availability of the plant in local nurseries are all noted—along with some fun facts or interesting tidbits about particular species.

Echinacea purpurea and goldfinch, pg. 122
You'll see old favorites like beautyberry, white oak, and coneflower, but also ones you've probably never considered for your garden before, such as Allium cuthbertii (pictured below with orange butterfly weed), Indian cucumber-root, or pale Indian-plantain. You'll get plenty of "plant appreciation" as well, learning about native orchids, carnivorous plants, and some unique and valuable plant communities of the Southeast.

Allium cuthbertii and butterflyweed.
Photo: Larry Mellichamp
I should tell you that I am not unbiased when it comes to this book. Author Larry Mellichamp (Dr. M to me), and photographer Will Stuart, have both been my teachers and friends-in-plants for years. I have attended so many of Dr M's lectures that I can hear his voice when I read his personal notes on each plant! This only makes me especially happy to be able to say without reservation: If you like plants, wildlife, nature, you'll love the book. If native plants are already your thing, you'll flip!

Merchants Millpond, Gates County, North Carolina
Photos taken from Native Plants of the Southeast(c) Copyright 2014 by Larry Mellichamp. Photos by Will Stuart. Published by Timber Press, Portland, OR. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.


Timber Press has offered to send a free copy of 
Native Plants of the Southeast to one of you! 

For your chance to win, do ONE or ALL of the following. You get one entry for each numbered item!

1) Leave a comment below telling me your favorite place to visit native plants. It could be a favorite hiking spot, a public garden or park, your own yard, or even a garden center. You will need a Google account to comment. If you prefer, leave your comment on Facebook---> A Charlotte Garden <--, or send an email to

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3) Share this post on Twitter. Please add #aCLTgarden to your post.

I will take entries for one week, until noon on February 17, 2014. Winner will be announced the next day! Good luck…I hope you win!!!


Native Plants of the Southeast is dedicated to "The North Carolina Native Plant Society, the second oldest native plant society in North America, which is committed to promoting education, appreciation, and preservation of our native flora, and which has provided generous financial support for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens public projects with native plants, and whose members have provided countless hours of camaraderie and information exchange at meetings and field trips; 

To all native plant societies in the Southeast that seek to provide educational outreach to all people in support of understanding and enjoying native plants."

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