October 3, 2014toOctober 4, 2014

This class at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, is co-sponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society. It is part of the curriculum for the Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to all, subject to availability.  

What’s all the fuss? Invasive plant species have been getting a lot of bad lip service from botany, ecology, horticulture, and conservation professionals alike. Ted Elliman, Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, to find out why. In this two-day course, Ted will introduce you to the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive and tenacious plants. He’ll delve into the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding invasive plant species, including the process by which a plant becomes labeled “invasive.” Finally, Ted will introduce you to some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens and short local field visits.  Please bring lunch, a hand lens, water, and warm, sturdy clothes to go afield for short forays.

Ecologist Ted Elliman is currently Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, where for the past five years he and his dedicated corps of volunteers have located, documented, and controlled invasive species in natural areas for land trusts, conservation organizations, and state agencies across the New England landscape.  In his present position, he also conducts botanical inventories, rare-plant and natural-community documentation. Previously, Ted worked as a contract ecologist for the National Park Service and several other agencies doing rare-plant and natural-community surveys and invasive-management projects on the Appalachian Trail (from Maine to Pennsylvania) and the Boston Harbor Islands.   He has been a natural history tour guide to western China for the last 15 years.

Where:   Bosarge Family Education Center and local field destinations
Price:     $120 members, $150 non-members (preregistration required)

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