2017 Class Descriptions & Registration

 

Native Plant Propagation: Seeds
Instructor: John Evans
Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

This is an elective class for the Certificate in Native Plants. 

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.  Instructor:  John Evans, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center Curator and Greenhouse Manager

Topics Include:  Seed Collection, Seed Cleaning, Seed Treatment, Propagation Times, Seedling Care

Registration for this class is closed


Native Plant Propagation: Cuttings and Divisions
Instructor: John Evans
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

This is an elective class for the Certificate in Native Plants. 

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.  Instructor:  John Evans, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center Curator and Greenhouse Manager.

Topics Include:  Researching propagation techniques, the science of growing roots on stems, low tech methods, cutting aftercare

Registration for this class is closed


Ferns & Mosses
Instructor: Joey Shaw
Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
UT Chattanooga, Holt Hall, Room 112
720 E. 5th St., Chattanooga TN 37403
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

This course will be an introduction to the bryophytes (hornworts, liverworts, and mosses) and ferns and their “allies” (horsetails, club mosses, whisk ferns, adder’s tongue’s, and lycopods).  Within each of these major lineages of “cryptogams,” we will cover the basic morphology of the group, the life cycle and reproductive structures, important anatomical features, and evolutionary relationships.  We will use microscopes and dissecting scopes to see features too small for the human eye.  The class will be held at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Biology lab.  For many of these groups, we can discuss ecological preferences that might aid in understanding gardening optimal growing conditions for these plants, for those wanting to include them in native plant gardens.

Registration for this class is closed


Rain Gardens and More
Instructor: Wyn Miller
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

A rain garden is a shallow depression in the ground that allows stormwater to slowly infiltrate the soil.  Native plants, mulch and soil in the rain garden naturally remove pollutants contained in the stormwater.  Class will focus on methods of design and construction of a rain garden, as well as some great native plants to consider.  By the end of the class, students should be well-equipped to build a rain garden of their own.  We will also explore bog gardens and water gardens, for those with poorly-drained sites.  Resources on planting design, materials, and cost-share opportunities will be provided.  

Registration for this class is closed.


Native Edible & Medicinal Plants
Instructor: Holli Richey
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

The program will introduce edible and medicinal botany in the botanically rich southeastern U.S. emphasizing traditional as well as current uses of medicinal plants. The program will also explore cultivation of drought resistant native medicinal plants in the Tennessee Valley and herbal medicine making.

Registration for this class is closed.


Native Summer Flora of Forest and Fields
Instructor: John Manion
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Summer, as with other seasons, brings its own distinctive display of plants. After a brief “shoulder period” following the abundance of spring wildflowers, we begin to see more reds, yellows and other colors. This class will first cover information about summer flora and the many mechanisms by which these plants are pollinated and then disperse their seeds. The field portion of the class will give us the opportunity to corroborate much of what we have learned, as well as the chance to identify, view, touch and smell several species. Information on cultivation and design will be shared.

Registration for this class is closed.


Bird and Butterfly Gardens for Homes and Communities
Instructor: Christine Bock Hunt
Saturday, July 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

Learn how to make your yard attractive to butterflies and birds. Learn about sun and soil requirements and receive a plant list for wildlife friendly plants. Examples of various successful butterfly and bird gardens will be shown. Tennessee Aquarium lead horticulturalist Christine Bock Hunt will also lead a walk of the grounds to identify various bird-friendly shrubs and flowers already planted around the Arboretum.

Registration for this class is closed.


Plant Form & Function – Part 1
Instructors: Richard Clements, Mary Priestley
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Reflection Riding Arboretum &  Nature Center
CORE Class (6 credits)

A basic understanding of botany is critical to understanding how plants work in the natural world. For example, what exactly is a Plant? Here we take a look at the qualities that plants share with other living things, as well as characteristics that set them apart. We also examine the range of different organisms that make up the plant kingdom. Specific topics include: living vs. non-living things, matter, energy, chemistry, cells and their functions, photosynthesis, respiration, natural and artificial selection, and the diversity of the plant world.

 

 


Native Plant Communities
Instructor: Jonathan Evans
Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m Central Time
University of the South, Sewanee, TN
CORE Class (6 credits)

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.  We will also discuss the benefits and challenges of protecting native plant communities in Tennessee. This class will be held at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.

 

 


Plant Form & Function – Part 2

Instructors: Richard Clements, Mary Priestley
Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
CORE Class (6 credits)

Looking together at plant cell types, tissue types, and major vegetative structures provides a background for understanding light and water requirements, soil preparation, composting, etc. We will also explore reproduction by examining some of the strategies and structures that plants use to continue life from generation to generation. Specific topics include: plant cell and tissue types, vegetative and reproductive organs, asexual reproduction, genetics, seeds, flowers, pollination, and fruits.

Registration will be open in Summer 2017

 

 


Landscape Design
Instructor: Daniel Talley
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
ELECTIVE Class (4 credits)

This class will show how ecologically sustainable design principles can be used to combine native plants and other resources in artful ways that resonate with our natural surroundings. First, students will review the steps required to complete a thorough site analysis. Following site analysis, they will look at the structure, seasonal interest, and versatility of a wide range of native trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, and wildflowers suited for use in our area. The class will include the hands-on experience of developing a base plan into a well thought out design.