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This course is designed for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the Garden’s certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves! Course fee includes a copy of Winter Tree Finder by May and Tom Watts, which will be required for this course.
This primarily lecture course is a survey of the principles of geology most important to the distribution of native plants and natural communities. Classes cover the different types of rocks, their chemical and physical effects on the soils that form from them, the geological processes that shape the earth’s surface and the landforms that result from them, and the way natural communities align with these patterns. This course is intended for a broad audience, but some familiarity with natural communities, native plants, and some exposure to basic chemistry will be beneficial.
In a time before cars, trains, and airplanes, water was often the easiest or the only means of long-distance transportation. Eighteenth-century ships were sailing ships, and they were made almost entirely of wood.
Naval stores are goods used in building and maintaining ships. Originally, 'naval stores' included everything used to build a ship meaning tar, pitch, and turpentine. All of these products came from pine trees, and particularly, the Longleaf pine, which North Carolina had in abundance. For that reason and others, North Carolina became a key supplier to the British Navy, and naval stores became central to the colony's economy.
Oaks are one of the defining tree species in our world, with a long and fascinating history. Charles Darwin considered the nature of oak species to be “a thorny problem”, but new genetic research suggests that we have come to a nuanced understanding of the oak species concept. This seminar will demystify the genus Quercus by walking through the branches of the oak tree of life. You will discover more about the natural history of oaks and the role they serve at the ecosystem level, including how current research aims to shed light on the ecological role of hybridization.
Are you low on outdoor gardening spaces? Perhaps you're looking to add new color or interest to your landscape, or maybe you'd like to make your porch or patio look more inviting. Join NCBG Curator Becca Wait for this virtual class as she shares tips for growing native plants in containers and shares which plants thrive in pots.
This talk will celebrate transformative highlights of the Healthy Native North Carolinians Network, comprised of North Carolina’s tribes and urban Indian organizations. The stories will go beyond the community gardens and plants and into the connective tissue of the evolving relationships between people and places. We will share some of the broad reaching impacts that revitalizing those relationships have had and continue to have in NC’s tribal communities, and explore implications for the broader community.
This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG public certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of the taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. This course serves as a prerequisite for Flowering Plant Families. Prerequisite: Botany
Traditional botanical illustration was relied on to record and share the identification of plants through accurate representation. Botany for the Artist is a practical course which hopes to encourage the inquisitive artist to understand, interpret and improve their botanical knowledge by reinforcing terminology, observing and notating plant structure and practicing identification with the taxonomic keys.
The four lessons—Habitat, Flower Parts, Leaf Comparison, and Fruit Structure—will culminate with the students drawing a graphite work representing a specimen identified at the NCBG.
North Carolina hosts many different species of cool beetles, and the rhinoceros beetle ranks high in their midst. This class will address its physical characteristics and life cycle. The first class will concentrate on a black and white value drawing' the second, a finished watercolor. Students can draw and paint from their own photograph or one provided by the instructor. Students will need to let the instructor know if working from their own source.
Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants is a certificate series designed to provide home gardeners and emerging landscape professionals with foundational concepts of landscape design, native species selection, implementation and maintenance of compellingly beautiful and ecologically productive native plant gardens based on conservation principles.
The Future of Conservation Forum will bring together key experts on conservation and resilience from all over North Carolina. We will share information and work together to protect our natural heritage and improve access to the benefits of conservation for all North Carolinians, for current and future generations.