Winter and Spring Class Schedule 2014


Principles of Landscape Design (elective course; open to all) Revised Content

In this course, Western principles of landscape design will be discussed and applied towards towards helping each participant develop a layout plan 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 an in-depth discussion of plants (see future course).

Instructor: Edward Davis, Landscape Architect, Gardens Staff
Dates & Times: Friday, February 21 (5pm-8pm),
Saturday 22 (9am-12noon), and Saturday March 8 (9am-1pm). Total 10 hours.
Cost: $100
Class limit: 12 participants


Building wildlife habitats for birds:  What do they need from your yard? (elective course; open to all)
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Thomas

In this course, we’ll discuss specific components of habitats that are important for animal life and specifically for song birds.  By addressing particular groups of animals and their requirements, this course will give you the tools and knowledge to increase their presence in your garden.

Dates and times: Friday March 14 (5pm-8pm), Saturday 15 (9am-1pm) and Sunday 16 (1pm-4pm). Total 10 hours.

Location: McMillan Greenhouse, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.
Class limit: 16 participants.        Cost: $90.00

Basic Botany (core course and required for most courses of the Certificate).    Instructor: Dr. Larry Mellichamp

This 9-hour course will cover plant kingdoms, structure and function, life stages, populations and eco-types, flowers and plant reproduction. Basic Botany will give the student a working vocabulary and understanding necessary for the remaining courses. In this very engaging  course, Dr. Mellichamp will encourage active participation through his lectures and hands-on experiences with plant parts. There will be a take-home test at the end of the course. There aren’t any readings pre-assigned to this course.

Dates and times: Saturday, March 22 (9am-4pm; I hr. lunch break) and Sunday 23 (1pm-4pm). 9 hours total.

Location: McMillan Greenhouse, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Class limit: 30 participants.              Cost: $90

Soils of the Piedmont (elective course; open to all)  NEW CONTENT      Instructor: Dr. Greg Pillar

It all starts in the soil!  Whether you are a gardener, farmer, environmentalist or simply one of the 7.2 billion people on this planet the soil is perhaps our most valuable asset and resource.  When it comes to soil, what can be lost in a matter of seconds can take years to replace.  In this course we will examine soil attributes and practices critical for maintaining and improving soil quality such as organic matter content, soil amendments, composting and soil hydrology.   We will start with an overview of basic principles in soil science:  soil formation, soil chemistry, soil fertility and soil biology, and will finish with hands-on investigations which will include the interpretation and study of a typical Piedmont soil pit.

Dates and times: Friday, March 28 (5:30pm-9pm) and Saturday 29 (9am-4pm). Total 10 hours.

Location: Queens University, (room TBD)    Class limit: 16 participants.    Cost: $90.00


Gardening with Native Plants (elective course; open to all) REVISED    Instructor: Ed Davis

A complete hands-on course where you will learn the basics on transforming your garden into a small native paradise loved by birds, butterflies and you!  From learning to  measure a small plot to fill it with native plants in combinations that will work  according to location, sun exposure, water needs and your taste!

Dates and times: Friday April 11 (5-8pm) and Saturday 12 (9am – 3:30pm).  Total 9 hours.

Location: McMillan Greenhouse and outdoor gardens. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.    Class size:  15 participants.
Cost: $81.00

Plant Identification: (core course; required: Basic Botany) Only 2 seats left!    Instructor: Paula Gross

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but it’s sure hard to communicate with fellow naturalists if you call it a lily!  Part of our fascination with plants includes wanting (and even needing) to know their names.  In this course, we will take a look at why names are so important and how they relate to plant relationships; we’ll examine the structure of plants and flowers learning to describe them with professional language, and we will use simple keys as tools to putting a name to Rosa carolina and many more herbaceous plants.

Dates and times: Friday, May 2 (5:pm-8pm), Saturday 3 (9am-2:30pm), Monday 5 (5pm-8pm) and Wednesday 7 (5pm-8pm).  Total 14 hours.

Location: McMillan Greenhouse, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.
Class limit: 16 participants.  Cost: $142.00  Includes Plant ID guide.


Insect-Plant Interactions (elective course; open to anyone) NEW
Instructor: Dr. Chris Paradise

This course will be a brief introduction to the biology of insect-plant interactions, structured around application and investigation of interactions such as pollination and herbivory related to native plants and plants of economic or aesthetic interest to humans.  The focus will be on biodiversity and ecology of beneficial and harmful insects, but will include a brief primer on insect identification.  Some discussion of invasive insects and plants may take place.

Dates and times: Thursday, May (6pm-9pm) Friday 30 (6pm-9pm), and  Saturday 31 (9am-12:30pm). Total 10 hours.

Location: McMillan Greenhouse, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.
Class limit: 16 participants. Cost: $90.00


Down on the Forest Floor: Mosses, Snails and Mushrooms (elective; open to anyone) NEW!

Introduction to Bryophytes with Catherine Luckenbaugh: Discover the Lilliputian world of bryophytes. This course will include an overview of mosses, hornworts, and liverworts, with an emphasis on mosses. Basic terminology and keying techniques will be covered. We will also take a short field walk to view bryophytes on a variety of substrates in natural habitats. Note: a 10X hand lens will be very useful for this course.

 Malacology and other decomposers by Denise Furr.

A discussion of the roles of small decomposer animals with a special emphasis on the mollusks and how they benefit the gardener, followed by a brief excursion outside to collect and recognize these animals.

Mycology by Allein Stanley

A presentation  involving the importance of fungi in the natural world and their relationship to other organisms.  Information about the different roles they play, some things about their life styles, and possibly one or two hands-on activities.

Dates and times:  Friday, June 6 (4pm-7pm), and Saturday 7 (9am-1pm; 1 hour lunch break). Total 9 hours.

Locations: Reedy Creek Park and UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.   Class limit: 14 participants     Cost: $90.00


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 (9am-4pm; 1 hour lunch break). Total 10 hours.

Location: McMillan Greenhouse classroom, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens   Class limit: 16 participants    Cost: $90.00

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