Selecting Native Herbaceous Plants
May 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Online, Tuesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In-Person, Saturday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Online, Tuesday, September 10, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented in three parts, native plant expert Dan Jaffe-Wilder will introduce students to various native perennials to use in garden settings. The course will include two online presentations in May and September and an in-person fieldwork day in July.
May’s online class will cover an overview of native perennials that shine in the spring.
In July, we meet at the Gardens to focus on summer native plant performers.
The last session in September will review native perennials that both shine and are especially important to a variety of over-wintering and migrating pollinators.
All three sessions will cover the plants’ native habitats and details that inform the gardener where the plants will live successfully in cultivated environments. Discussion will include plant combinations, ecological roles, propagation, aesthetics, and proper plant procurement.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
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.