Ground Plan: Using Plant Functional Groups in Landscapes and Gardens (Winte...

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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

100 North 20th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Ground Plan: Using Plant Functional Groups in Landscapes and Gardens
Professor Karen Snetselaar

Dates: 5 Tuesdays and 1 Thursday, January 14 - February 18, 2020 (1/14, 1/23, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18)

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 PM

The amazing diversity of plants can cause challenges for people trying to develop general principles for activities such as ecological restoration, planting for resistance to invasive species, and development of low-maintenance assemblages of native plants for landscaping. Results obtained in one location aren’t easily generalized to places where different plant species are found. The functional groups concept gets around this by grouping plants with similar functions in the landscape design or ecosystem. This course will explore the idea of functional groups from several different angles. It will include considerations relevant to home garden planning as well as how well the concept has worked in a few scientific studies.

This course requires pre-registration. Registration opens on December 9th, 2020. Register on Eventbrite or call 215-763-6529 x23.

Course Schedule

1. Tuesday, January 14 – Plant Diversity

2. Thursday, January 23 Plants as Landscape Materials

3. Tuesday, January 28 Plant Communities

4. Tuesday, February 4 Plant Functional Types

5. Tuesday, February 11 Functional Groups in Restoration

6. Tuesday, February 18 Putting it All Together

Tuesday, February 25 – make-up class (if needed)

About the Professor

Dr. Karen Snetselaar is Professor of Biology at Saint Joseph’s University. She has been a member of the faculty of the Wagner Free Institute of Science since 2000. Her research focuses on fungi and plant disease. She is also interested in urban ecology and in promoting public understanding of science, especially science education outreach into K-12 schools. She leads the Wagner’s partnership with Saint Joseph’s University, GeoKids LINKS, which brings intensive science learning into Philadelphia schools.

For more information about all of the Wagner's course offerings this season, visit our website.


Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The adult lecture courses are offered on an introductory college level. They are open to anyone seeking an introduction to various areas of the sciences as well as those familiar with the subjects who wish to broaden and update their knowledge. The courses also provide an excellent opportunity for motivated junior high and high school students to supplement their current science courses and to help prepare them for further study in these fields at a college level. The courses are appropriate as well for teachers seeking to expand their knowledge.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is close to multiple public transportation lines and has street parking nearby.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Click the "Contact the Organizer" link, email, or call (215) 763-6529 x24. (Extension 23 is the registration extension.)

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