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New England Carnivorous Plant Society


"The mission of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society shall be to share, to gain knowledge of, and to achieve expertise in all phases of growing, education, appreciation, and conservation of carnivorous plants in both culture and in native habitats."

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NECPS April Meeting - Mar 11, 2017 by Webmaster
The next meeting of the NECPS will be held on April 1, 2017 at 12:30 PM  at the  Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI (directions) immediately following the Build-A-Bog Workshop being given by John Twomey.

There will also be a silent auction!

Carnivorous Plants: Free Build-A-Bog Workshop for Kids!

Carnivorous plants use tricks and traps to catch their dinner! Join experts from the New England Carnivorous Plant Society and build your own bog filled with these fascinating plants. Kids will plant their own potted bog using a variety of local carnivorous plants. This workshop is Free thanks to the URI Master Gardeners. Sign up early as space is limited! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; April 1, 2017; 10:00 am-12:00 pm; Program Fee: FREE; Ages: 4 and up.

Boston Flower and Garden Show - 2nd Place - Mar 23, 2017 by Webmaster

Boston Flower and Garden Show - Mar 21, 2017 by Webmaster

Franklin Park Zoo’s Annual Earth Day Celebration - Jan 26, 2017 by Webmaster
Join us - April 22, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM for the Franklin Park Zoo’s Annual Earth Day Celebration!

We are looking for volunteers who can help us with set up and tear down, man the booth during the show, and can volunteer plants.

Contact: Emmi Kurosawa

Got News? - Oct 23, 2016 by Webmaster
Have an idea for a presentation or demonstration? If there is a meeting or other event that the NECPS will be participating in, or some other carnivorous plant related news item that you would like to share? Please forward the information to the webmaster so that it can be included here

Has your email address changed? Have you been missing our newsletter? You can update your email address or other contact information by visiting the Contact page.

Membership Dues were payable at or before the January meeting. Have you paid yours?

Boston Flower and Garden Show - Mar 21, 2017 by Webmaster

The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show - Mar 06, 2017 by Webmaster
NECPS had a booth at the 36th annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, which ran from Feb. 23-27 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Tom Chadwyck set up the 10x10 display and informed hundreds of attendees who stopped by to ask questions or share their carnivorous plant experience -- mostly of owning venus flytraps and having them "die". The display especially captured the children and teens attending with their parents, and many left with a membership application.

NASC Spring Benefit Auction - Mar 02, 2017 by Webmaster

Scientists Finally Understand How Pitcher Plants Developed the Taste for Flesh - Mar 02, 2017 by Webmaster
ScienceAlert: The team thinks the answer lies in the environments in which these species grew, which could have been particularly poor in essential foods – failing to provide fertiliser-like elements such as phosphorus and nitrogen that help the pitchers grow.

"Carnivorous plants often live in nutrient-poor environments," explains researcher Kenji Fukushima in a press release, "so the ability to trap and digest animals can be indispensable given the dearth of other sources of nourishment."

The fact that all three species of pitcher plants chose the same evolutionary path doesn't necessarily mean that other options weren't open – but it could mean that repurposing defensive proteins towards digestive juices was the most practical survival route in the circumstances.

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