2024 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.

Discounted admission is available to members of Wild Ones, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, and the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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Close Encounters with “Lower Plants:”
Reproduction in non seed-bearing plants

Instructor: Charlotte Freeman, MS
March 9, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
400 Garden Road, Chattanooga TN

ELECTIVE CLASS (4 Credits)

Some plants reproduce by seeds and others do not include seeds in the life cycle.  The latter used to be called “Lower Plants” and included liverworts, hornworts, mosses, ferns and other less common allies such as lycopodium, spike moss, whisk ferns and horsetails.  The objective of this course is to expand knowledge of botany by examining the life cycles of these non seed-bearing plants, both the non-vascular and vascular ones.  Some estimates given for number of Bryophyte species are in excess of 25,000, so it is important that we include these in the repertoire of native plants.  We will touch on the conditions needed to grow them in your native gardens.  This is a classroom study.  There will be a small terrarium with some samples of these plants for each class participant.

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Spring Ephemerals
and Plant Communities Hike

Instructor: Dr. Jon Evans
Saturday, April 6, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central Time

Shakerag Hollow
Sewanee TN

ELECTIVE CLASS (4 Credits)

This course will explore the rich spring flora of Shakerag Hollow, an old-growth cove forest located on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  Participants will be taught how to identify over 30 species of wildflowers and learn about  the ecology of this highly diverse forest community. Wildflower display in Shakerag Hollow rivals that found in the Great Smoky Mountains and this course will occur during  peak flowering time. Participants will be required to make a ½ mile leisurely trek along a moderately steep trail into the cove and then back out again.

Preparing for class:
Review this website featuring flora of Shakerag Hollow:
http://jonevanslab.wixsite.com/home/mesic-upper-lower-slope

What to bring with you:
Bring a copy of the TN Native Plant Society’s Wildflowers of Tennessee by Horn and Cathcart, if you have it. If you have a 10x magnifier, that would also be helpful. We will provide you with a list of plant species you are likely to see along with a picture sheet to use in the field. Hiking shoes and rain gear will be needed.

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