Course Schedule June – December 2014

To register for a class, please view the registration information page and email Esther at ecarras1@uncc.edu

 June

Conservation Ecology (elective course; pre-requisite: Basic Ecology).
Instructor: Dr. Jessica Braswell
This course focuses on the protection and management of plant biodiversity. Topics include species conservation, causes and consequences of declines in plant biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, management approaches, biological reserve design, restoration of ecosystems, and the role of conservation biologists in plant conservation.
 
Suggested Reading:  Plant by Janet Marinelli  (this is a reference, not a book for reading cover to cover).
 
Dates and times: Friday, June 20 (5pm-8pm) and Saturday June 21 (9am-4pm; 1 hour lunch break). Total 10 hours.
 
Location: McMillan Greenhouse classroom, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
 
Class limit: 16 participants
 
Cost: $90.00
 
 
July
 
Propagation Workshop 1A: Propagating Shrubs from Cuttings.   Open to everyone.  3 openings left 
Instructor: Dr. Larry Mellichamp
Please note this workshop does not count towards the Certificate requirements unless it is taken with workshops 2 and 3.  1A and 1B offer the same content.
 
In this hands-on workshop you can learn how to make the most of your native plants by propagating them from cuttings (for your own garden & for sharing with others). We will look at five essential  T’s: techniques, types of plant, timing, tools and temperament.Participants will be able to take some potted cuttings home.
 
Date and times: Tuesday, July 8 (8:30am-11:30). Total 3 hours. Rain date: July 10.
Workshop limit: 8 participants
 
Cost: $54.00
 
 
Propagation Workshop 1B: Propagating Shrubs from Cuttings.  Open to everyone.
Instructor: Paula Gross
Please note this workshop does not count towards the Certificate requirements unless it is taken with workshops 2 and 3. 1A and 1B offer the same content.
 

In this hands-on workshop you can learn how to make the most of your native plants by propagating them from cuttings (for your own garden & for sharing with others). We will look at five essential T’s: techniques, types of plant, timing, tools and temperament.Participants will be able to take some potted cuttings home.
 
Date and times: Wednesday, July 9 (8:30am-11:30). Total 3 hours. Rain date: July 10
 
Workshop limit: 8 participants
 
Cost: $54.00
 
 
August
 
Fantastic Fern Foray (elective course; open to everyone)
Instructors: Dr. Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross
 

Ferns are fascinating and much-loved woodland plants – and yet, how does one begin learning to distinguish between the many species that are native to the Carolinas (there are actually more than 65!) This class and field trip combination will serve as a primer to fern characteristics and identification techniques, plus be a great opportunity to see many species in the wild. We will focus on about 20 species, including many of the most easy and desirable to grow. The field trip will include 3-4 great fern sites in the mountains of North Carolina – in the Brevard, Looking Glass Falls, and Mt. Pisgah areas.
 
 
Dates and times: Tuesday August 12 (5pm-8pm), Thursday 14 (All day field trip: 7am-10pm) and Saturday July 16 (9am-12noon). Total 14 hours.
 
Class limit: 14 participants
 
Cost: $126 (includes fern identification guide) + small travel supplement
 
 
 
Propagation Workshop 2: Propagation by Division. Open to everyone. 3 openings left.
Instructor: Dr. Larry Mellichamp
Please note this workshop does not count towards the Certificate requirements unless it is taken with workshops 1 and 3.
 
In this hands-on workshop you can learn how to make the most of your native plants by propagating them from division (for your own garden & for sharing with others). We will look at five essential T’s: techniques, types of plant, timing, tools and temperament.Participants will be able to take some prepared divisions home.
 
Date and times: Friday August 22 (5pm-8pm). Total 3 hours.
 
Workshop limit: 8 participants
 
Cost: $54.00
 
 
 
September
 
Sustainable Garden Practices (core course; pre-requisite: Basic Botany)
Instructor: Mary Stauble
 
This course is an introduction to a home yard care system using a sustainable approach to care and manage your landscape.  You will learn to work with nature to help the environment be healthier focusing on the following 5 topics:
 
Soil Stewardship
Water Conservation

Toxicity Reduction

Ecosystem/Ecological Gardening- Importance of natives, problems of invasive exotics

Reducing waste and energy use (managing inputs and outputs)


The goal of this class to change the way you manage your yard to include sustainable practices. We will look at current gardening practices and start evaluating them in terms of sustainability; which ones are good for the environment, which ones tax the environment? Participants will learn simple things they can do to care for their yard and the larger environment we share.
 
Dates and times: Friday, September 5 (5pm-8pm), Saturday 6 (9am-12noon), Friday 12 (5pm-8pm) and Saturday 13 (9am-12noon). Total 12 hours.
 
Location: McMillan Greenhouse classroom
 
Class limit: 16 participants
 
Cost: $108.00
 



Principles of Landscaping Design: (elective course; open to all)

Instructor: Ed Davis, Landscape Architect

In this course, Western principles of landscaping will be discussed and applied towards towards helping each participant establish the blueprint of a small project for their home garden. Each participant will have a personal 15 minute one-on-one consultation with Ed Davis on the last day of class, where he will offer guidance and suggestions for each particular design. This course will not include a discussion on plants.


Dates and times: Friday September 19 (5pm-8pm), Saturday 20 (2pm-5pm), and Saturday 27 (2pm-5pm). Total 9 hours.


Location: McMillan Greenhouse and outdoor gardens, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.


Class limit: 12 participants.


Cost: $100.00

 

 

Propagation Workshop 3: Propagation by Seed. Open to everyone.   4 openings left.

Instructor: Dr. Larry Mellichamp

Please note this workshop does not count towards the Certificate requirements unless it is taken with workshops 1 and 2.

 

In this hands-on workshop you can learn how to make the most of your native plants by propagating them from seed (for your own garden & for sharing with others). We will look at four essential Plant T’s: techniques, types of plant, timing, and temperament. Participants will be able to take potted seeds home.
 
Date and times: Saturday, September 20 (9am-12noon). Total 3 hours.
 
Workshop limit: 8 participants
 
Cost: $54.00
 
 
October
 
 
Shrub Identification (elective course; open to everyone)
Instructor: Dr Larry Mellichamp
 
Dates and times: Friday October 10 (5pm-8pm) and Saturday 11 (9am-4pm; 1 hour lunch). Total 9 hours.
 
At long last, a course on native shrub identification. You will learn to identify common shrubs of the region based on leaf, twig and fruit characteristics and will also discuss their ornamental uses in the home landscape and as food by wildlife. Field trips will include Van Landingham Glen and Reedy Creek Park.
 
Location: McMillan Greenhouse classroom and outdoor gardens.
 
Class limit: 16 participants
 
Cost: $90.00
 
 
 
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Plant Sale
 
Thursday October 16, 12noon-5pm.  Friends of the Gardens Advanced Sale
Friday 17 and Saturday 18: 9am-3pm.  General Public
 
 
 
Tree Identification (core course; pre-requisite: Basic Botany) 5 openings left
Instructor: Dr. Larry Mellichamp
 

Learn to appreciate the forest through the trees! Trees tell us a lot about the habitats in which they grow. Learning to identify trees by their leaves, bark, buds, and berries can provide a new dimension to your nature explorations – whether in the woods or your own backyard. Included in this ID course is discussion of how common native trees “behave” in your landscape- which are best for wildlife, which have dense root systems, which are more likely to shed limbs, and which have the best fall color.
 
Dates and times: Friday, October 24 (5pm-8pm), Saturday 25 (9am-12noon), and Sunday 26 (1pm-4pm). Total 9 hours.
 
Location: McMillan Greenhouse classroom and outdoor gardens.
 
Class limit: 16 participants.
 
Cost: $90.00
 
 
 
December
 
Certificate Graduation ceremony and annual potluck.
Saturday, December 6 (11am-2pm)
Please join us for the celebration!

Interested in Registering for a class?  Please email Esther Carrasco at ecarras1@uncc.edu for availability and registration policies.



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