Framingham, MA – New England Wild Flower Society’s Education Department has announced its September 2011 classes, courses, and field trips; and they are searchable/available online, downloadable online, and available by calling the registrar (508-877-7630, ext. 3303). For more information, visit http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn.
September 2011 Listings – Adult Classes, Gardening, Horticulture, Field Trips in Eastern MA
Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 6:30-8:45 p.m. and Sundays, September 11, 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Native New England Shrubs, Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA, and field sites.The many species of native New England shrubs display a wide variation in size, shape, color, and in characteristics of their bark, flowers, and fruits. This course introduces students to about 50 species growing in this region. We emphasize identification and become familiar with family characteristics and historic uses. Field sessions held in locations off-site with directions provided during the first class. Fee: $215 (Member) / $258 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Saturday, September 10, October 1, 2011, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Field Identification Techniques, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, Monson, MA. Instructor Leslie Duthie equips students with the skills and knowledge to identify plants in the field. Discover a variety of floral structures, learn to recognize reliable family characteristics, and develop familiarity with botanical Latin, advancing from using amateur field guides to using professional keys. Designed for students who have taken “Wildflowers of New England” or have previous experience identifying wildflowers, the course will help increase your confidence and skill in field identification. Fee: $175 (Member) / $200 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Survey of Late Season Grasses of the Northeast, Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA. Instructor Dennis Magee focuses on the grasses which are in identifiable condition in late summer and early fall. Key identification characteristics are given for 10 tribes and 60 or so genera of common grasses using dried specimens and microscope displays. Following a morning session of lecture and observation of the plant materials, there is an afternoon field trip to observe as many grasses as can be found in the time available. Students are expected to have a good understanding of basic botanical nomenclature and concepts. Fee: $72 (Member) / $86 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Saturday, September 17, 2011, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Native Gardens in Newton, Newton, MA.
Instructor Risa Edelstein helps us learn how a landscape designer working with urban properties and their sustainably- minded owners can create enticing native gardens in small spaces. The first garden we visit, situated around a Victorian house, received a front yard overhaul, which was achieved by removing lawn and creating a habitat garden by adding many natives with four-seasons of interest. The second homeowner wished to make her garden as eco-friendly as possible, reducing its carbon footprint, reusing materials and creating habitat for wildlife. A walkway of recycled brick was installed, rain gardens improved drainage around the existing edible garden, and 100-year old recycled seawall blocks were installed as sitting walls. Shrubs from the front of the property were replanted in the back and a mostly native woodland garden was created under a red maple. Fee: $22 (Member) / $25 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Tuesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Introduction To Botany, Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. Instructor: Kanchi Gandhi, Ph.D. explores plant cells and tissues, anatomy and morphology, reproduction, nutrition, growth and development, plant diversity, evolution, classification, and nomenclature. This course, offering both lectures and laboratory time, introduces botany to new students or serves as a refresher course. Fee: $280 (Member) / $372 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wildflowers in Fall, Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA. As a follow-up to our spring course, “Wildflowers of New England,” instructor Neela de Zoysa highlights flora in the last stages of the growing season. What fruits have been produced by spring wildflowers and how are they dispersed? What flowers are blooming in the fall and why? Which pollinators are active? The program includes a walk in the Garden, a power-point presentation to illustrate the key points, and samples for dissection and close observation. References for fruits and winter ID provided. Fee: $36 (Member) / $43 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7-8:30 p.m., Certificate Program Orientation, Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA. Join Bonnie Drexler, Education Director, and certificate program graduates for an illustrated talk that includes some of the fascinating stories that native plants have to tell, along with a look at the Society's efforts to conserve the region’s native flora. Hear about the structure of the Society's Certificate in Native Plant Studies program and how it can guide your learning. Everyone is welcome at this free presentation. Preregistration is requested, but not required.
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 10 a.m.-12 noon, Organic Practices in Stow Garden, Stow, MA. Instructor Denise Pegrum take us into this two-acre garden which has evolved over the past twenty years from the builders’ ten foundation plants to a diverse landscape with a shade garden, multiple large perennial beds, a meadow, a woodland garden, a vegetable garden and the beginnings of a small orchard. The end of September is a great time to evaluate the garden, move and divide plants, and decide what was successful and what failed. A garden is never finished and the target is always moving. During the visit, learn how sustainable methods are applied to development and maintenance and what steps will be taken now to ready the garden for winter and get a head start for spring. Fee: $22 (Member) / $25 (Nonmember). Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Sunday, September 25, 2011, 1-3:30 p.m., Fungi in the Fall, Drumlin Farm Nature Center, Lincoln, MA. Can you distinguish a bolete from a gilled mushroom? And what technically is a mushroom anyway? Fall is fungi season in the Northeast, the best time to discover and identify what’s out in the field. Instructor Jef Taylor helps us learn the crucial and sometimes astonishing roles these fascinating life forms have in the ecosystem and some methods for identifying mushrooms and other fungi all around us. Fee: $20 (Member) / $24 (Nonmember). Cosponsored by New England Wild Flower Society and MA Audubon Society Drumlin Farm. Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 7-9 p.m., Design a Native Mixed Border Garden in the Fall, Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA. Your border garden can have four-seasons of beauty! Take advantage of ideal fall planting conditions to establish borders filled with native perennials, shrubs, vines, and small trees. Horticulturist and landscape designer Laura Eisener discusses how to artfully combine a variety of beautiful plants, and illustrates basic design principles you can apply to planning and planting a mixed border of any size and shape. Fall bargains abound in nurseries, and this is an ideal opportunity to begin fresh or redesign existing border areas in your garden. Fee: $26 (Member) / $32 (Nonmember). Cosponsored by New England Wild Flower Society, MA Audubon Drumlin Farm, and The Landscape Institute. Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.
Friday, September 30, 2011, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Invasives: ID, Ecology, and Control, Garden in the Woods, Framingham. This course provides an introduction to about 40 of the most common invasive non-native plants in our local landscapes. Through lecture, discussion, power-point presentation, herbarium specimens, and a walk outside, instructor Ted Elliman helps us become familiar with identification clues as well as the habits of a number of these plants that are so disruptive of natural ecosytems. Discuss management techniques for many of these species on both a home and a landscape scale. Fee: $48 (Member) / $58 (Nonmember). Cosponsored by New England Wild Flower Society, MA Audubon Drumlin Farm and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Pre-registration is necessary, contact the registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303.