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Selecting Native Herbaceous Plants
May 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, May 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., online
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Bosarge Family Education Center
Wednesday, September 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., online
Presented in three parts, native plant expert Dan Jaffe-Wilder will introduce students to a wide variety of native perennials to use in a number of garden settings. Class begins online in May with an overview of native perennials that shine in the spring, followed by an in-person session at the Gardens in July focusing on summer native plant performers. The last session in September will review native perennials that both shine and are host to hundreds of pollinators. All three sessions will cover the plants’ native habitats, information that informs the gardener where they will live successfully in cultivated or wild environments. Class will discuss plant communities, ecological roles, propagation, aesthetics, and proper plant procurement.
Suggested Reference: Native Plants for New England Gardens, Jaffe-Wilder and Richardson
Dan Jaffe-Wilder is an ecologist, horticulturist, and botanist with over 15 years of experience working with native plants and their associated ecology. Author of Native Plants for New England Gardens and Director of Applied Ecology at Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Dan’s work has ranged from classrooms to nurseries, botanical gardens to wildlife refuges specializing in native plant ecology, propagation, wildlife habitat construction, and native edible landscapes.