*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Virginia Trees and How they Work

Trees grow all around us, yet we seldom think about how they survive in environments ranging from wind-swept mountains to inner-city lots. How exactly do trees “work”? In this class, we’ll explore the biology and ecology of our largest plants. September 20: Basic botany, including plant structures, growth, and reproduction. September 27: Trees in Virginia’s landscape, including historical losses, current threats, and future prospects. October 4: Tips and techniques for identifying trees, and October 11: A guided walk around Dell Pond to identify trees using field guides and other tools.

Instructor Bio:

Steve Carroll is Director of Public Programs at the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm. He is a botanist, ecologist, and gardener who speaks and writes frequently about gardening and the plant world, and he is the co-author of Ecology for Gardeners.

Required Reading:

Virginia Department of Forestry. Common Native Trees of Virginia, 2007.

Recommended Reading:

Any field guide to trees.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A17 Steve Carroll Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11 We 1:30-3:00 p.m. Ivy Creek Natural Area WL

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