CALENDAR, March 20+: Native plant sale set for Saturday plus flood maps, Walk for Water


A South Carolina native: the yellow pond lily.

Staff reports  |  Looking for the perfect plant for your yard?  You’re in luck because the local chapter of the S.C. Native Plant Society is having its 10th annual native plant sale Saturday at Charles Town Landing State Historic Site.

While yard plants are never guaranteed to grow, native plants are known to withstand the Lowcountry’s tropical, hot and sometimes brutal summers better than imports because they’re, well, native.   According to the society’s website, “Because native plants are adapted to local soils and climate conditions, they generally require less watering and fertilizing than non-natives do. Natives are often more resistant to insects and disease as well, and so are less likely to need pesticides.”

Available starting at 9 a.m. March 25 will be a wide selection of native perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns and edible plants.  Admission to the plant sale is free.  The sale will be held in the Charles Towne Landing parking lot (1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston) but if you want to wander around the historic site, you’ll have to pay admission.  The sale is over at noon.  More.

In other area events:

New flood maps:  March 20-22.  Charleston County residents will have the opportunity to view new preliminary flood maps and ask questions about potential impacts to their property in meetings this month:  March 20:  2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lonnie Hamilton III Public Service Building, council chambers, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston; March 21:  3 p.m. to 7 p.m., C.E. Williams Middle School, 640 Butte St., Charleston; and March 22: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle St., Mount Pleasant.

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Book launch:  Noon, March 24, High Cotton restaurant, 199 East Bay St., Charleston.  Award-winning journalist Tony Bartleme of The Post and Courier has a new book, “A Surgeon in the Village:  An American doctor teaches brain surgery in Africa.”  The book, which goes on sale this month, has its first event at a launch luncheon with Blue Bicycle Books.  To reserve your signed book and tickets, click here.

Walk for Water: 9 a.m., March 25, Brittlebank Park, Charleston.  Water Missions International will hold its 11th annual water event to educate folks about the effort that more than a billion people go through to get water.  The walk through the streets of Charleston costs $20 for adults, but is free for kids up to age 15. To learn more about this fun event, go to:

(NEW) Slightly Askew: March 25 to May 7, City Gallery, 24 Prioleau St., Charleston.  The City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs will feature the works of artists Rebecca Davenport and Cabelle Heyward that offers perspectives on reality that are slightly askew from consensus views.  More info.

Quickbooks training: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 1, Bastin Lab in Bond Hall, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston.  The Small Business Development Center and Citadel’s school of business will offer basic Quickbooks training for $149, which includes the text.  Register and learn more.

Lowcountry Cajun Fest:  Noon to 6 p.m., April 2, James Island County Park.  Enjoy Cajun and creole dishes, music and overall fun at this 26th installment of an annual spring event.  Music by Feufollet and Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters.  Admission is $15, but free for kids 12 and under with a paying adult.  Learn more.

(NEW) Charleston Bluegrass FestivalApril 7-8, Middleton Place, 4279 Ashley River Road, across from the Middleton Equestrian Center.  The festival is a combined event by Middleton Place Woodlands, Awendaw Green and other organizations with campaign and limited RV hook-ups.  Advance tickets and more info.

Lawrence exhibit:  Through April 30, Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., Charleston.  The museum will offer a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence featuring prints made from 1663 to 2000.  His prints explore African-American culture and experiences and highlight themes of history, labor and life.  More:  NOTE:  See our 2010 story on Lawrence.

Early morning bird walks at Caw Caw:  8:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel.  You can learn about habitats and birds, butterflies and other organisms in this two-hour session.  Registration not required, but participants are to be 15 and up.  $10 per person or free to Gold Pass holders.  More:

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