with Bob Peet and Fisher Stines, Friends of Plant Conservation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Location: Zoom webinar Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee Redlair Preserve in the western Piedmont is best known for the charismatic bigleaf magnolia, which has the largest leaves of any tree species in the nation. The Preserve also has an incredible diversity of plant species and vegetation types. Robert Peet will start by describing the Redlair Preserve and then discuss the vegetation pattern across this landscape and the challenges for management. He will then discuss the distribution of bigleaf magnolia across the Southeast and will place it in the context of other rare or geographically disjunct species of the Piedmont. Fisher Stines will then present a summary of his research at NC State University on the distribution, abundance and population structure of bigleaf magnolia across the Redlair Preserve. Register Here The North Carolina Botanical Garden has partnered with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state’s rarest plants and natural areas. An excursion to the Redlair Preserve is being planned for Saturday, May 8. Registration for this event will open soon.