The Beautification Club welcomed Sam Marshall, Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent for State Extension in Brunswick County for an informative presentation on the natural history of North Carolina. Sam shared fascinating facts about our state. North Carolina is 1,700,000,000 years old and the Appalachian mountains are over a billion years old. At one point they were the tallest in the world. The Appalachians are a hot spot for biodiversity. There is a high number of rare and endangered plants and animals.
Another spot in the state with high biodiversity is the Brunswick County area. There are 60 to 70 ecotypes in the immediate area which are home to an astounding variety of plants and animals. Our area has the highest concentration of Venus Flytraps in the world. The eastern population of Painted Buntings only nest on barrier islands and move less than a mile. We live in a very unique and special area.
After Sam’s presentation, the group heard from the Long Range Planning Committee regarding renovating Padgett Garden. A vote was taken to endorse the renovation and the committee was congratulated on a job well done. Click here to get all the details on the Padget Garden. It was announced that the auction will be Saturday, March 10 from 3-7 PM at the Chapel. Start planning your donation!
Hostesses for the meeting were Gayle Todd, (Chair), and Cecelia Weston; Becky Willis and Janice Schaffer Sullivan pitched in for members out of town.