Fall 2018 classes
Go Native U
at Westchester Community College
Fall 2018 Course Schedule
To register, call 914-606-6830 and press 1.
Classes are held in Classroom Building Room 100 unless otherwise noted. Park in Lot #4.
To find out more about Go Native U’s expert instructors, visit nativeplantcenter.org
Native Perennials: Summer/Fall
Discover the many lovely herbaceous plants that will enhance your garden
while providing food and shelter for native bees, butterflies, and more.
CE-GRDN 2008, Sat., Sept. 29, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Barbara Fischer. #83093
Introduction to Native Plants and Landscapes
Gain a comprehensive foundation for garden design using native plants. Learn about the importance of native plants, their benefit to wildlife, showy substitutes for non-native plants, and sustainable design concepts. Recommended as a first class to the other courses.
CE-GRDN 2010, 2 Wed., Oct. 24 & 31, 10 am–1:30 pm (30-minute lunch break), $130. Carolyn Summers. #83094
Native Trees and Shrubs
Explore the best native trees and shrubs for this region and the latest techniques for establishing them in a landscape.
CE-GRDN 2009, 2 Wed., Nov. 7 & 14, 11 am–1 pm, $90. Carolyn Summers. #83095
NEW! Native Plant Gardening for Migrating & Overwintering Birds
Learn how to support migrating birds as they fuel up for their long journey south. Find out what resources to provide for the birds that spend the winter in our landscapes.
CE-GRDN 2112, Wed., Oct. 3, 10 am–1 pm, $80. Kim Eierman. #83467
Goldenrod Field Study
Goldenrods are important sources of nectar and pollen for native bees and other insects in fall. Learn to recognize and identify the native goldenrods common in area meadows and along roadsides. Try your skills in the field by exploring the demonstration gardens of The Native Plant Center and the grounds of the college campus.
CE-GRDN 2035, Fri, Oct. 5, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Melissa Fabel. #83096
Designing Native Plant Gardens
Learn how to assess and analyze an existing site and how to develop a beautiful, beneficial design plan that encourages birds and pollinators and incorporates sustainable principles.
CE-GRDN 2015, 2 Tues., Oct. 16 & 23, 7–9 pm, KNC-4, $90. Lynn Becker. #82410
NEW! Mushroom Lifestyle and Identification
Mushrooms are amazingly varied in appearance and habits. In addition, some are used medicinally, some are edible, and some could be dangerous. Learn how to recognize and identify common mushrooms of the area using field guides. Class moves outdoors; dress appropriately for weather.
CE-GRDN 2111, Sat., Oct. 20, 9:30–11:30 am, KNC-4, $55. Taro Ietaka. #83466
NEW! Gardening with Deer
The impact of deer browsing is a chief concern when considering plants for garden design. The recurring question “Do the deer eat it?” is fraught with frustration. Discover a selection of easy-to-grow native plants less favorable to deer that will allow you to enjoy gardening again.
CE-GRDN 2089, Sat. Nov. 17, 10 am–12 pm, $55. Michael Hagen. #83097
NEW! Moss Workshop
When birds are in hiding and flowering plants dormant, mosses are there for nature lovers to appreciate. Discover some of the common mosses of the area and how to identify others. Class moves outdoors; dress appropriately for weather.
CE-GRDN 2110, Sun., Nov. 18, 9:30–11:30 am, KNC-2, $55. Taro Ietaka. #83465
NEW! Lichen Workshop
More than splotches on rocks and trees, lichens are amazing examples of cross-kingdom collaboration in which a fungus and its partners have conquered the elements and predators for millions of years. Learn about these fascinating organisms and how to recognize the common lichens of the area. Class moves outdoors; dress appropriately for weather.
CE-GRDN 2109, Sat., Dec. 15, 9:30–11:30 am, KNC-4, $55. Taro Ietaka. #83485
Back to School with Go Native U
Native Plant Gardening Know-How
Friday, September 28, 201
Earn up to 5.5 LA-CES credits
Register for one, two, or all three courses.
Native plants are increasing in popularity—and rightfully so. They turn ordinary spaces into beautiful oases that offer multiple benefits. Discover how to successfully plan, design, and maintain a native plant garden. Learn why it is important to incorporate native plants into your landscape, what elements can transform your yard from barren to bountiful, and how to care for your installation sustainably.
Add Life to Your Landscape – 9:30–11:30 am
Lunch (on your own) – 11:30 am–12:15 pm
Design for Small Spaces – 12:15–1:45 pm
Break – 1:45–2:00 pm
Best Practices for Garden Maintenance – 2:00–4:00 pm
NEW! Add Life to Your Landscape
Gardens are ecosystems full of life. The plants you choose matter to the diversity of life within your garden and the surrounding landscape. Explore the concepts of ecology and translate them to practical steps to use in your garden, focusing on native plant communities, plant-animal interactions, and resources developed for the Northeast.
CE-GRDN 2113, $55. Jessica Schuler. #83507
NEW! Design for Small Spaces: The New American Cottage Garden
With The Native Plant Center’s New American Cottage Garden as a case study, learn how to design a small landscape for people and wildlife. The class will move outdoors to tour the garden to see how the covered principles may be replicated in your own landscape.
CE-GRDN 2114, $40. Ken Uhle. #83384
Best Practices for Garden Maintenance
Discover 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, $55. Carolyn Summers. #83098