Credit Opportunities Archive

4/6/10 - Growing Vegetables in the City, Boston, MA
Tuesdays April 6, 13, 27, 2010
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130

Learn the where, what, and why of urban vegetable gardening with horticulturist Abby Hird. Raised on a Nebraska farm, educated in horticulture, and now living here in Boston, Abby Hird will talk about her gardening adaptations in the city environment. She will guide you through site evaluation, plant selection, and common problems and possible solutions in raising home-grown food. She’ll also talk about community resources for gardening, ideas for maximizing yield from a small plot, as well as ways to grow food more sustainably. This class is for nascent gardeners and those who have been frustrated by previous run-ins with vegetables. Fee $60 member, $72 nonmember. Register for this class online or by phone/mail.

CEU: 3 AOLCP credits

4/3/10 - Protecting Watercourses with a Vegetative Buffer Zone, Kent, CT

Protect and Enhance Watercourses Establishing a Vegetative Buffer Zone by Rivers and Streams

Saturday, April 3, 2010
3 pm - 5 pm
Kent School Auditorium
1 Macedonia Rd.
Kent, CT, 06757

3PM – The Benefits Of A Healthy Buffer Zone
Sean Hayden, Soil Scientist for the Northwest Conservation District, will explain the importance of buffer zones.

3:30PM - Landscaping Techniques And The Best Plants To Use To Enhance Watercourses
Kyle Turoczi, Soil Scientist and Wetland Ecologist with Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery.

4PM - Meet the experts and walk with them to view nearby erosion problems on the banks of the Housatonic River. 
For more information call Lynn Fowler at (860) 824-8073

CEU: 2 AOLCP credit.

4/1/10 - Introduction to Plant Science, Bronx, NY

Introduction to Plant Science 104HRT300, Bronx, NY

Section A: Thursdays April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 2010
3 pm - 5:20 pm
Section B: Thurdsays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 2010
6:15 pm - 8:35 pm
Section C: Saturdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 2010
10 am - 1:10 pm
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458

Designed for students who want a user-friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant form and structure. Learn about the relationships between form and function, ecology, systematics, and evolution, and become botanically literate. Gain practical experience in dissecting and analyzing plant structures. To register, or for more information, call 718-817-8747 or register online.

CEU: 4 AOLCP credit.

3/27/10 - Native Plants Saturday, Bronx, NY
Saturdays March 27, 2010
10 am - 4:45 pm
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (103GAR299 Section A, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Exotic invasive plants pose many threats to native ecosystems such as reducing biodiversity, altering nutrient cycling, and sometimes even hybridizing with native plant species. Many non-native invasive plant species have been introduced as garden plants that have then escaped into native habitats. Learn what “non-native invasive” means, how to identify and distinguish these culprits, how to control them, and which native plants are the best alternatives for any garden. Local native plant sources will be included. Presenter: Jessica Arcate.

Ecological Design with Native Plants (103GAR299 Section B: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.)
With current landscaping trends focusing on low maintenance and sustainability, utilizing native plants in ecologically-driven designs makes sense. Learn important ecological principles and gardening practices when designing meadows, wetlands, and forested landscapes. Gain an understanding of native plant community dynamics along with tips for implementing them in your landscape. Presenter: Brad Roeller.

A Native Perennial Garden (103GAR299 Section C: 12:30–2:30 p.m.)
Native plants often outperform their exotic counterparts in the perennial garden, and as their popularity grows, more exciting native perennials are available in garden centers across the country. Learn which natives are best suited to various landscapes (sun, shade, and a range of soil types), plus environmentally sensitive tips on growing and maintaining these perennials. Presenter: Brad Roeller.
To register, or for more information, call 718-817-8747 or register online.

Spring Wildflowers for Your Garden (103GAR299 Section D: 12:30–2:30 p.m.)
One of the first signs in the Northeast that winter is ending is the emergence of a group of wildflowers known as spring ephemerals which include trout lily, spring beauty, trillium, and bloodroot. These plants complete their life cycle before the tree canopy has completely leafed out, taking advantage of the sunny conditions and cooler temperatures. Many ephemerals are easy to cultivate and will naturalize over time. Learn how best to utilize them in a garden setting and where they are sold. Presenter: Ulrich Lorimer.

Propagating Native Plants (103GAR299 Section E: 2:45–4:45 p.m.)
Many native plants are not available at nearby nurseries. Learn how to increase your population of native perennials, shrubs, and trees without breaking the bank by using various propagation methods, including cuttings, division, and seeds. Find out how to collect and store seeds, the best propagation method to use for specific plants, and materials you will need to be a successful propagator. Presenter: Sara Stopek.

Native Plants for Wet Sites (103GAR299 Section F: 2:45–4:45 p.m.)
Wet spots in the landscape offer gardening opportunities as well as challenges. Ponds, stream edges, and seasonally wet ground host a wealth of native plants that can beautify any property, large or small. Discover how to create gardens where native wildflowers, sedges, rushes, and woody plants provide intrigue, color, and texture to wetland sites. Presenter: Robert Naczi, Ph.D.

To register, or for more information, call 718-817-8747 or register online.

CEU: 2 AOLCP credits each

3/2/10 - Landscape Design I, Stockbridge, MA

Focus on the “big picture” and learn the principles of design, importance of drainage, and view slides of both successful and troubled landscapes. Site selection, design concepts and client presentations will be addressed and students will complete landscape design assignments. This class has 5 sessions. For more information concerning the certificate requirements or general program questions call Elisabeth Cary, Director of Education, Berkshire Botanical Garden, 413-298-3926.