Spring 2018 classes
Go Native U: Spring 2018 Course Schedule
at Westchester Community College, in partnership with The Native Plant Center
Register Now: Call 914-606-6830 and press 1
All classes are held in Classroom Building Room 100 unless otherwise noted.
Most classes offer Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA-CES) credits.
Introduction to Native Plant Communities
Examine the groups of native plants that grow together in the wild, and the ecological reasons for gardening with this approach. Learn about common plant communities, why they are important, and how to emulate them in your landscape. CE-GRDN 2013, Wed., Jan. 24, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Kim Eierman. #12422
Native Perennials: Spring/Summer
Learn about the many herbaceous native plants that will enhance your garden and also provide food and shelter for native bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. CE-GRDN 2016, Sat., Feb. 24, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Barbara Fischer. #12423
Plant Identification in the Field
Move outside the classroom to learn how to identify plants using a taxonomic key. Try your skills in the field by exploring the demonstration gardens of The Native Plant Center and the grounds of the college campus. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide is required. CE-GRDN 2023, Tues., May 1, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Jessica Schuler. #12424
Evergreen conifers (cone-bearing tree) provide focus in all seasons, most especially in winter, when they add color to the landscape and offer shelter for birds and other wildlife. Explore the diversity of native conifers, including the numerous cultivated forms and varieties, and their use in designed landscapes. CE-GRDN 2019, Thurs., Feb. 1, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Carolyn Summers. #12425
Native Plant Alternatives to Turf
Learn how to vastly improve the ecology of residential or commercial landscapes by replacing “green deserts” (aka lawn or turf) with native alternatives. Learn how to analyze a site, prepare a site, and determine what native plant choices are appropriate for particular conditions. Suitable native grasses, groundcovers, meadows and mixed plantings will be discussed. CE-GRDN 2026, 2 Wed., Feb. 7 & 14, 10 am–12 pm, $90. Kim Eierman. #12426
Best Practices for Garden Maintenance
Learn how to maintain a chemical-free, thriving native plant garden with best practices for weeding and invasive plant control, basic plant identification, and suggestions for equipment that will make the job easier. CE-GRDN 2074, Thurs., Feb. 8, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Carolyn Summers. #12427
Proper Pruning Practices
Learn the proper techniques for pruning deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees. Topics include timing, renewal pruning, and recommended tools. Dress for weather and bring your pruners for hands-on work in the garden. CE-GRDN 2062, Thurs., Mar. 22, 10 am–2:30 pm, $115. Ann Perkowski. #12428
Reimagine a new landscape design for small or large sites or a restoration of an existing site using the concept of native plant communities. Learn how to select suitable native plants to create a natural landscape. CE-GRDN 2029, Tues., Mar. 27, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Eti Katoni. #12939
Identifying Ferns of the Northeast
Learn the distinguishing characteristics of the 30 most common ferns native to the region. Examine the shape of fronds, spore-bearing leaves, leaf veins, and margins. Ferns will be illustrated by use of a herbarium, which allows for up-close views. CE-GRDN 2053, Wed., April 11, 7–9:30 pm, $65 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). Michael Penziner. #12379
Great Native Plants for Containers
Invite nature to your yard, patio, or balcony with container plantings. Learn which native plants grow successfully in containers and attract butterflies, beneficial insects, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
CE-GRDN 2057, 1 Wed., April 25, 10 am–1 pm, $80. Kim Eierman. #12429
Introduction to Insect Identification
Become familiar with the common insects that can be found in native plant garden and how they relate to the surrounding ecosystem. Learn the basics of invertebrate taxonomy and how to distinguish insects from other arthropods. Examine their habits, life cycles and habitat preferences.
CE-GRDN 2046, Mon., April 30, 7–9:30 pm, $65. Lawrence Forcella. #12430
Advanced Insect Identification
Move on to a more in-depth discussion of native insects of the Northeast. Featured species will be discussed in detail, particularly those associated with a healthy hardwood forest. Learn about the region’s ecosystems and how to create habitat niches in your own yard to attract beneficial insects, including native bee species. Prerequisite: Introduction to Insect Identification
CE-GRDN 2063, Mon./Tues., May 7 & 8, 7–9:30 pm, $115. Lawrence Forcella. #12431
Advanced Plant Identification in the Field
Spend the class outdoors practicing the use of field guides and taxonomic plant identification keys. Prerequisite: Plant Identification in the Field or equivalent coursework in botany. Meet in the Stone Cottage Garden on the college campus. Dress appropriately for the weather. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide required. CE-GRDN 2050, Tues., May 8, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Jessica Schuler. #12432