Posts Tagged ‘Certificate in Native Plant Studies’

Trillium Treasures

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Pictured: Trillium flexipes

Trilliums normally take from five to eight years to flower when propagated from seed, thus few nurseries carry them and, when they are sold, are frequently prohibitively expensive. If you ever find flowering-size trilliums that are not pricey, question if they were dug from the wild, something we strongly discourage.

Two years ago we had the rare opportunity to connect with a person who has been growing trilliums from seed for 20 years and does not sell them until they are at, or near, flowering size. Most of the species are sold in special tube pots that are nearly a gallon and the plants, when leafed out, are about a foot tall and eight to ten inches wide.

We will be selling a limited number of these plants at our Spring Plant Sale but, much like we did two years ago, we’ve decided to take pre-orders so that more people will be able to grow this iconic spring wildflower. This year we are able to offer eight species, all of which are native to Alabama:

  • Trillium cuneatum, sweet Betsy, purple toadshade
  • Trillium luteum, yellow wake-robin, lemon trillium
  • Trillium sulcatum, southern red trillium, furrowed wake-robin
  • Trillium flexipes, nodding trillium, bent trillium
  • Trillium vasyei, sweet wake-robin, trinity flower
  • Trillium erectum, red trillium, purple trillium
  • Trillium grandiflorum, great white trillium, white wake-robin
  • Trillium simile, jeweled wake-robin, sweet white trillium

 

To see images of each of these species, simply Google them.

The prices for these treasures differ depending on the species, and for a preorder we need a minimum order of five plants. If you prefer to purchase single plants, we will have them at the Spring Plant Sale, while they last. Included with each order will be complete planting and cultural information. The last time we conducted this pre-order, some individuals who didn’t want to pay the cost for five plants, teamed up with a friend to split an order.

If interested in placing an order, please go to this page, print it out, fill in the appropriate spaces and return it to Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens by mail or in person We must have your order in hand by no later than Wednesday, March 26, along with your payment (no cash, please).

Plants will be available for pickup beginning Friday, April 2. Should our source run low on any species, we will fill orders in the order they are received.

Note: A well-known, popular specialty nursery is selling these same plants for $22-$30 each, plus shipping cost!

Questions? Please contact: John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at jmanion@bbgardens.org

Volunteers Work at the Birmingham Zoo Quail Habitat

Friday, December 9th, 2011

On Saturday, December 3, volunteers from our Certificate in Native Plant Studies series spent time working at the quail habitat at the Birmingham Zoo. This unique volunteer opportunity is one of many only available to participants in the program. For more information on how you can enroll in the program and take advantage of volunteer opportunities like these, visit our website. While you’re there, you can register for classes online.

Digital Photography of Native Plants

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

On Wednesday, November 9, Bob Farley led an elective in our Certificate in Native Plant Studies program – Digital Photography of Native Plants. Instruction was given on how to translate what you see with your eye to a digital image. Topics included:  lenses, tripods and light modifiers to create interesting images. Follow the link above to learn more about all of the educational opportunities in this program and to sign up today!

Certificate in Native Plant Studies

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Sample of Previous Classes offered in Certificate in Native Plant Studies

- Introduction to the Study of Native Plants (core)

- Non-Native Invasive Plants Workshop (elective)

- Native Woody Plants in Summer (elective)

- Introduction to Botany (core)

- Native Ferns and Their Relatives (elective)

- Introduction to Soil Science (elective)

- Introduction to Plant Taxonomy/Plant Classification (core)

- Native Plants for Pollinators (elective)

- Medicinal and Edible Plants (elective)

- Ecology of Alabama Native Plants (core)

- Nighttime on the Cahaba – by Canoe! (field trip): What better way to escape the heat of summer than participating in a leisurely moonlight paddle on the Cahaba River? This unique and relaxing way of enjoying a flat water portion of the Cahaba River will allow us to experience the Cahaba in a different light; we will see some familiar plants not normally viewed at night, as well as see and hear a variety of wildlife (imagine: beaver tails slapping water and the calls of night birds.), including hundreds of glowing firefly larvae. (The majority of proceeds will benefit the Cahaba River Society.) 

- Bats and Plants (field trip): After visiting some distinctive botanical sites en route to our destination, we will gather at the 264 acre Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge, whose cave is home to federally endangered gray and Indiana bats. After a briefing on bats – we will witness what may be the most significant evening bat flights in the Southeast. Recent estimates of bats emerging were 300,000-400,000! After viewing this spectacle, we hope to conclude the evening by observing a resident colony of glow worms. Participants are invited to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the cave’s observation just before dark.

- Movable Plants: Creating Beautiful Container Gardens with Native Plants: Gardening in various types of containers can offer many advantages, especially for those who live in apartments, condominiums, or for those who don’t have space to garden in the ground. Gardening in movable vessels also enables one to use containers as accents in varied locations. This class will show you how to plant a variety of themed containers: for sun, shade, bog, winter, butterflies, hummingbirds and other forms of wildlife. Lists of recommended plants for each type of planting will be distributed.

- Spring Identification of Native Woody Plants (elective): Using The Gardens’ extensive living collections as a hands-on resource, we will focus on attributes and identification features of species found naturally or in cultivation in Alabama. Attendees will examine and learn to identify ~20 plants whose key traits are evident in spring, as well as learn which of these plants make good sense to use in your landscapes. This is largely a walking class, held outdoors; please dress appropriately for the weather.

- What’s That Plant? A Workshop for Learning How to Identify Plants (elective): Identifying plants can be challenging and perplexing, but is an important skill to possess. This full-day workshop will begin at a very basic level and progress to the use of more complex methods and tools used for learning a plant’s identity. Basic terminology will be presented, followed by instruction on the use of a variety of tools, primarily taxonomic keys used as “roadmaps” that lead to plant identification. Ample time will be spent doing hands-on exercises and corroborating material learned while examining plants in The Gardens. Recommended reference:  Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary, by James G. Harris and Melinda Woolf Harris (Jan 1, 2001)

- Summer Identification of Native Woody Plants (elective): Using The Gardens’ extensive living collections as a hands-on resource, we will focus on attributes and identification features of species found naturally or in cultivation in Alabama. Attendees will examine and learn to identify ~20 plants whose key traits are evident in summer, as well as learn which of these plants make good sense to use in your landscapes. This is largely a walking class, held outdoors; please dress appropriately for the weather.

- The Fascinating World of Carnivorous Plants (elective): The southeastern United States is a hotspot of diversity for carnivorous plants, which obtain their nutrients by attracting, capturing, and digesting living animals. They inhabit some of our most unique and imperiled wetland habitats. This course will examine their life history and explore some of the plant communities that support them. Our instructor will cover the identification, cultivation, and propagation of several species of carnivorous plants. He will also profile conservation efforts being taken to conserve many of these species, as well as their endangered and species-rich habitats. In addition to visiting the bog in the Kaul Wildflower Garden, each participant will have the opportunity to create a “bog in a bowl” to take home.