May 25, 2018
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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."

- The NECPS 15th Annual Fall Carnivorous Plant Show -

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NECPS June Meeting

The next meeting of the NECPS will be held on June 16 at 12:30 PM at the UCONN Biodiversity Education & Research Greenhouses in the Torrey Life Science building room 154.

There is a lot of construction around the building again this summer, and N. Eagleville road is closed going west in the area. It would be best if people drove onto campus via Discovery Drive from Route 44, parked in parking lot 9 (free parking on Saturday) or the North Garage (for a fee). Walk along N. Eagleville around the construction and there will be a gap in the construction fencing allowing access to Torrey Life Science.

Also a local bog walk is planned courtesy of Dr. Matt Opel.

Plans are also to hold a silent auction.

New Book Added to the NECPS Library

NECPS Librarian Don Gallant has announced the addition of a new book to the NECPS Library: "Carnivorous Plants" by Aaron M. Ellison and Lubomir Adamec.

If you would like to take out an item from the library please review the Necps Library Policy and then contact Don using the Contact Form including the title that you are interested in.

NECPS Secretary Needed
We are still looking for someone who could fulfill the position of NECPS Secretary. The candidate should be an officer who keeps records, takes meeting minutes and performs other clerical work. This candidate would be willing to help coordinate events and be a responsible intermediate between the venue and the NECPS.

If you or someone you know would be interested in this position please contact Emmi Kurosawa.

Tower Hill Botanical Center Spring Plant Sale

June 2, 9am - 2pm - Spring Plant Sale Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA


Tower Hill Member-only sale from 9-11 a.m.; public sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with Tower Hill admission.

  • Adults: $15
  • Seniors (65+): $10
  • Youth (6-18): $5
  • Children 5 and Under: Free
Admission Details

The region's largest, most diverse plant sale. Find inspiration among the hundreds of annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees, shrubs and more. Shop from the northeast's most distinguished specialty nurseries, plant societies and garden artisans. Tower Hill members save 10% on the Garden's own offerings.

The NECPS Takes Home A Blue Ribbon At The Boston Flower Show!
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Membership Dues are payable at or before the January meeting.

NECPS 15th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show

It's not too early to start planning the NECPS 15th Annual Carnivorous Plant Show which will be held on September 8th and 9th this year! Last year we had a record attendance of 2,894! Lets see if we can do even better this year!

Show Planning Discussion Board

Volcano relief Leilani Nepenthes - Fundraiser for Samuel Estes

Leilani Nepenthes Nursery was located on the big island of Hawaii. It was a family owned business and one of the largest collections of nepenthes in the world. Their nursery and home have been completely lost to the volcanic activity there. Not only did they lose there livelihood and possessions, but also very rare and endangered plants from around the world. Almost 30 years of business gone in only a few days. Please help in supporting Lelani Nepenthes.

Click here to support Volcano relief Lelani Nepenthes

The Carnivorous Plant That Scared Charles Darwin

ABC Science: Who do you barrack for: the hunter or the prey? The leopard or the gazelle? The frog or the snake? The fly or the flytrap? Enter the glittering and sensual world of plants with a thirst for blood.

It was an astounded Charles Darwin who scientifically confirmed that plants could capture and digest prey, after years drawing them, studying them and becoming immersed in their intricate biology.

He wrote in 1860: "I care more about Drosera than the origin of all the species."

In the same letter, he noted: "I am frightened and astounded at my results ... Is it not curious that a plant should be far more sensitive to a touch than any nerve in the human body!"

Mr Bourke says: "Of course, at the time it was blasphemous to suggest that a plant could've turned the tides and be eating animal prey, but Charles Darwin was fascinated by this plant.

Darwin delayed the publication of his thesis on insectivorous plants for another 15 years.

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International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2018

August 3-5, 2018 with scheduled field trips August 7-10, 2018

Conference Information & Registrations
Conference Registration is $125.
Sunday Banquet Dinner Registration is $75.
Field Trip Registration is $1000 and includes all transportation, meals, and lodging.

Hosted by the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society (BACPS), the oldest carnivorous plant society in the United States, in partnership with the world renowned carnivorous plant nursery California Carnivores.

International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference 2018

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