Annual Meeting Announcement

13 Aug

Dear Friends of Charlee Towne Landing:

The Annual Meeting of the Friends will on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, in Founders Hall. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm, with reports by Rob Powell, Park Manager, and by the chairs of the standing committees of the Board of Directors.

Following these reports, Dr. Richard Porcher will present an illustrated address. His topic will be “A Lowcountry Botanical Potpourri.” Dr. Porcher is an acclaimed botanist and author of books on South Carolina wild flowers and South Carolina rice and cotton culture. He presently is working on two books: “Our Lost Heritage” a history of plantations in the St. John’s Basin in Berkeley County flooded by the creation of Lake Moultrie; and a book on wildflowers of the Carolina Coastal Plain. He is Professor Emeritus of The Citadel and Adjunct Full Professor in Biological Sciences at Clemson University. Professor Porcher is a trustee of the South Carolina Nature Conservancy and is the recipient of the South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award. Please see Dr. Porcher’s bio below.

A reception hosted by the Board will follow his address. Our special guests will be members of the Garden Club of Charleston, who have helped to restore the gardens around the Waring House, designated historic tress throughout the Landing on Arbor Day, and will continue their voluntary work to beautify gardens at the Waring House.

Please join us for this outstanding program and for the report on a very successful year of programs and activities at the Landing.

Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Friends as we work together to reinforce the mission of Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.

Sincerely yours,
Gary Nichols
President, Board of Directors,
The Friends of Charles Towne Landing


Dr. Richard Porcher, Jr.

Dr. Richard Dwight Porcher, Jr. will present an illustrated address “A Lowcountry Botanical Potpourri” at the Annual Meeting of the Friends on September 9, 2014.

Richard Dwight Porcher, Jr., is a native of Pinopolis in Middle St. John’s Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina, and presently lives in Mt. Pleasant. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 1957 and the College of Charleston with a B.S. in biology in 1962. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1974 where he studied field botany under Dr. Wade T. Batson.

Porcher began a thirty-three year tenure as a biology professor at The Citadel in 1970, where he also founded The Citadel Herbarium. In 1995 he authored “Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry and Lower Pee Dee”, and he is senior author of “Wildflowers of South Carolina” published in October 2001. Porcher and Sarah Fick published “The Story of Sea Island Cotton” in 2005, and Porcher and William Robert Judd published “The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice” in 2014 (USC Press).

Porcher is presently Professor Emeritus at The Citadel, having retired in 2003. He currently is an Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University where he established the Wade T. Batson Endowment in Field Botany to assist students in the study of the state’s flora and plant ecology. Porcher presently serves as a Trustee of the South Carolina Nature Conservancy and is on the Board of Directors of the Waring Library and the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. He is working on a book titled “Our Lost Heritage”, a history of the plantations in the St. John’s Basin in Berkeley County flooded by Lake Moultrie in 1942, and he and Dr. Joel Gramling of The Citadel biology department are working on a book on wildflowers of the Carolina Coastal Plain.

Porcher is the 2008 recipient of the South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award

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