*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 course, we will explore the biology and ecology of our largest plants. Class 1: Basic botany, including plant structures, growth, and reproduction. Class 2: Trees in Virginia’s landscape, including historical losses, current threats, and future prospects. Class 3: Tips and techniques for identifying trees, and Class 4: A guided walk around Ivy Creek to identify trees using field guides and other tools. Please note: This course does not meet on Wednesday, September 19.

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. He is the co-author of Ecology for Gardeners.

Required Reading:

Virginia Department of Forestry. Common Native Trees of Virginia, 2012 edition preferred but others are acceptable.

Recommended Reading:

Any field guide to trees.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A305 Steve Carroll Sept 12, 26, Oct 3, 10 We 1:00-2:30 p.m. Ivy Creek Natural Area WL

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