The Friends of Plant Conservation, N.C. Plant Conservation Program and N.C. Botanical Gardens will present “Oconee Bells, Emblem of Resiliency in the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment.” Emmy-award-winning naturalist Patrick McMillan and Rob Evans, a plant conservation program ecologist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will present the story of the Northern Oconee Bells with the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ rich natural context.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7-9 p.m., N.C. Botanical Gardens Reeves Auditorium, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill
The N.C. Plant Conservation Program develops regulations, voluntary programs and cooperative partnerships to help protect North Carolina’s imperiled species and their habitats. Evans will tell the story of one of the last remaining private sites and the largest population of Northern Oconee bells and the efforts to save this endangered plant that grows only in McDowell County.
McMillan won an Emmy for excellence as on-camera talent for “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.”The competition was for the Southeast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The 13-part series showcases wildlife and wilderness footage with explanations by McMillan as he ventures through gorges, deciduous forests and other destinations in North and South America. McMillan will discuss the unique characteristics of the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment and the role that it appears to have played in serving as a crucible of life through change.