from Carol Capobianco at the Native Plant Center in Valhalla:
“GO NATIVE U BEGINS FOURTH YEAR
FALL 2013 CLASSES UNDER WAY; SPECIAL EVENT OCTOBER 4
Four new classes and a special all-day event usher in the fourth year of Go Native U at Westchester Community College. This certificate program in sustainable gardening with native plants is a joint program of the College’s Continuing Education Division and The Native Plant Center.
The popularity of the core class Plant Identification in the Field led to the addition this fall of Advanced Plant Identification in the Field (Sept. 28). This class is also taught by Jessica Schuler, Director of the Thain Family Forest at The New York Botanical Garden, but will spend all two hours of class time in the field practicing the use of field guides and plant identification keys.
The other new offerings are:
• Aster Field Study (Oct. 3), which will teach students how to identify common native asters;
• NY Wetlands: Balancing Ecology, Laws, and Aesthetics (Oct. 23 & 30), which will explore how state and municipal laws in New York affect projects in and around wetlands;
• Native Bugs in Your Garden (Nov. 4 & 11), which will take a look at the habits and life cycles of beneficial species as well as pests.
An Introduction to Native Plants, a special series of three classes on a single day, Friday, October 4, will enable home gardeners and professionals alike to jump-start a certificate. Landscape architects can also earn up to six hours of LA-CES-approved credits. Students can enroll in one, two, or all three sessons:
10 a.m.–12 p.m. Native Plant Communities
12:45–2:45 p.m. Native Perennials: Summer/Fall
3–5 p.m. Native Conifers
Other upcoming classes and beginning dates are:
Sept. 26: Goldenrod Field Study
Oct. 2: Northeastern Native Plants in Our Landscapes
Oct. 3: Native Woody Plants
Oct. 10: Ecological Design
All courses in Go Native U are taught by expert instructors. For more information, visit nativeplantcenter.org. To register, call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
The Native Plant Center was established in 1998 as the first national affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The Native Plant Center maintains demonstration gardens and educates the public about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants through conferences, field trips, and its Go Native U classes and certificate program.