2017-18 Class Descriptions & Registration

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Understanding Botanical Names
Instructor: John Manion
Saturday, January 13, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Most people, when faced with botanical names, quickly flee in the opposite direction. Because these names are in a foreign language, they can be intimidating and overwhelming to many, hence they are often avoided. Learn how fascinating, enlightening and humorous botanical names can be! You’ll be surprised how much you can discern about a plant merely based on its botanical name. Botanical nomenclature topics to be discussed will be history, formatting, pronunciation, common prefixes and suffixes, recommended references, and much more.  Join Birmingham Botanical Garden’s Kaul Wildflower curator John Manion for an educational and entertaining class on what’s in a native plant name.

 

 

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Invasive Plant Control
Instructor: John Evans, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center Curator and Greenhouse Manager
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Invasive pest plants are an expensive and frustrating problem for landowners of all stripes.  This workshop will cover a general introduction to non-native invasive species, how and why certain plants become problematic, how to identify the most common pest plants that plague this area, and the ecological concerns that result, methods of control — mechanical, chemical, and biological — for both small scale use by homeowners and larger-scaled treatments for city parks and green spaces and other areas under land management.  

 

 

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Native Plant Propagation Workshop — Seeds
Instructor: John Evans, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center Curator and Greenhouse Manager
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Encourage native pollinators, birds, and other wildlife as you save water and other resources by using native plants in your landscape. You can buy them at local garden centers or nurseries, or better yet, propagate and grow them at home. Learn the secrets of native species propagation through seeds in this hands-on workshop. You will take home a flat of seeds for nurturing at home indoors under lights or outdoors.  

 

 

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Native Plant Propagation Workshop — Cuttings & Divisions
Instructor: John Evans, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center Curator and Greenhouse Manager
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:00 – 4:00pm
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

In addition to growing native plants from seeds, many plants are grown from stem and root cuttings, particularly woody shrubs like Azaleas.  Learn how you can use basic methods to grow your own cuttings.  Similarly, many native perennials can be divided in the spring to create new plants and this workshop will cover both techniques.  This hands-on workshop covers the whys and how tos for native plant cuttings and divisions and participants will take home their classroom work to nurture until ready for planting.  

 

 

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Spring Wildflower Hike
Instructor:  – Jon Evans, PhD
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9 am – 12 pm (EDT)
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

This class involves moderate exertion and requires good mobility.

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Botanical Drawing
Instructor: Mary Priestley
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

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Native Plant Communities
Instructor: Jon Evans, PhD
Saturday, June 9, 2018
9 am – 4 pm (CDT)
CORE Class

Plant communities are assemblages of plant species living together in a given place.  Interactions among plant species, interactions plants have other organisms (such as animals and fungi), and interactions plants have with their physical environment (such as climate, topography, geology, and disturbance) all work together to determine the composition and structure of plant communities over time.  In this course, will examine the ecological properties of plant communities by exploring plant habitats on the southern Cumberland Plateau out in the field.  We will also discuss the benefits and challenges of protecting native plant communities in Tennessee. This class is part classroom and part walking on trails. For some, this class might be physically strenuous.

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JULY – SUMMER BREAK

 

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Plant Identification: The “Keys” to the Kingdom
Instructor: Richard Clements, PhD
Saturday, August 11, 2018
9 am – 12 pm (EDT)
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Taxonomy is the branch of science that names and classifies plants, animals, fungi, microbes, etc.  Using data from genetics, biochemistry, physiology, and morphology (observations of leaves, flowers, roots, etc.), a plant taxonomist analyses this information to reveal groupings, relationships, and ultimately names. Simple dissection and observation of plant parts can quickly reveal the identity of most species. We shall turn to the world of plant morphology during this course. Our goals are to familiarize you with the basic characteristics that botanists look at when investigating an unknown plant and to introduce you to the use of classic ID tools like dichotomous keys (decision trees) to distinguish this plant from that.

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TBA
Saturday, September 8, 2018
9 am – 12 pm (EDT)

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TBA
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9 am– 12 pm (EDT)

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Soils & Water
Instructor: Wyn Miller
Saturday, November 10, 2018
9 am– 4 pm (EST)
CORE Class

Soil is a complex mixture of weathered rock and mineral particles, the living organisms of the soil food web and the decaying remains of plants, animals and microorganisms. Soil scientists have identified more than 70,000 kinds of soil in the U.S. based on the many different combinations of mineral particles – sand, silt and clay – and various amounts of organic matter and nutrients. Students will learn how to determine the texture, structure and pH of a given soil to properly identify its makeup and type.  Also important is the course’s focus on sustainable landscaping practice to protect and promote healthy soil. Water is a precious resource, and natural systems are of critical value for their ability to store, clean and distribute available water.  We can help protect this resource by conserving water, preventing pollution and building best practices into the design and everyday maintenance of landscapes.  Included in best practices are rain gardens, bioswales and other features that reduce stormwater, a major source of water pollution in our area. This core class will explore the fundamentals of soil and water as a requirement for healthy ecosystems as well as what landowners can do to live more sustainably through wise use of these resources.