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Online Six Thursdays, April 8 to May 13
In-Person Plant Walks Six Fridays, April 9 to May 14 (SOLD OUT)
Optional in-person exam: May 20 and 21
As Earth awakens from its winter slumber, experience the colors, fragrances, and rapid progression of spring-flowering native plants. Through lectures and outdoor labs, learn to identify 60 beautiful and ecologically valuable trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Examine the identifying characteristics of each plant and its preferred growing conditions, overall size, and environmental significance. With this knowledge, make informed plant selections for your spring garden.
This class will be offered as a hybrid model: lectures will be online from 10 to 11 am Six Thursdays, April 8 to May 13 with weekly plant walks on site at Mt. Cuba Center from 10 to 11 am on Fridays, April 9 to May 14. While the in-person plant walks are now sold out, the online lecture is still available. If you are not working towards the Ecological Gardening Certificate, the tours and exam are optional.
The in-person tour part of this event is sold out as of 3/30/2021. You can still register for the online lecture.
About the Instructors:
George Coombs is the Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center. Previously he was Manager of Research at the Center in which he trialed cultivars and species of native plants to determine their horticultural and ecological value.
Eileen Boyle is the Director of Conservation and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She loves teaching, especially about plants and their relationships with birds and butterflies. Previously, she was a professor of horticulture at Mercer College in New Jersey and the Director of Horticulture at both the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.