2021 Classes

All Certificate in Native Plants classes are open to the public.
You do not need to be working toward your Certificate in Native Plants to attend any of these classes.



Garden Maintenance
This class will be rescheduled at a later date.






Summer Tree Identification
July 10, 2021

Instructor: Peter Stewart,
City Forester, City of Chattanooga Public Works
9:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Chattanooga TN
ELECTIVE class (4 credits)

This class will focus on identifying tree species based on forest ecology and taxonomy. In other words, we’ll connect tree species to preferred site conditions, and differentiate closely-related (and distantly-related) lookalike species. We’ll cover at least 45 species representing 30 genera and 20 families, however, the focus will be on learning ID skills rather than mastery of each tree.

We will alternate between the classroom and hiking on the property. The indoor portions will require a mask as we transition back to in-person events. Hiking shoes, water, snacks, notepads are recommended.



Close Encounters of the Pollinating Kind
August 14, 2021







Sedges and Rushes
September 11, 2021








Botany 1
October 9, 2021






Botany 2
November 13, 2021








Micorrhizae and Fungi
December 11, 2021