A crucial component of our planet’s biodiversity, grasses make up the fourth largest plant family on earth, with nearly 11,000 different species. Gain professional-level knowledge in this 2-day intensive workshop that will focus on teaching students to identify a multitude of grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape. Being able to identify grasses will enable participants to read the landscape and landscape conditions, including soils, habitat, disturbance and past land uses. This workshop will provide an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study, utilizing the 1,200 acres of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as a living laboratory and classroom. Identify warm season grasses in the field and lab, learn specialized terminology and distinguishing features, discuss the ecology of grasses, and practice identifying species from keys. Note that this class will include outdoor time; dress for the weather each day. Students will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the second day of class.
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Bring a water bottle, a hand lens, and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for walking over uneven terrain. Bring your own lunch or purchase from the Arboretum Café.
LEVEL: Advanced students, professionals, and Master Gardeners/Master Naturalists
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science
Snyder Building 2nd Floor Classroom. $193 Includes Arboretum admission both days.
Registration and Information Website: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/gardeningclasses.aspx