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Introduction to Native Ferns (Washington DC)

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U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20002

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Class will be held at the Visitor’s Center of the beautiful U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The class has been timed to allow us to observe their famous seven-acre native garden known as the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection, in all its summer splendor.

We'll spend the morning in the classroom working on our fern identification skills. We'll use a combination of lecture and individual study to build our powers of observation and comparison on fresh samples and illustrations of fern fronds. We will use the Fern Finder book to practice keying out fern fronds. If you don't already have a copy of Fern Finder, don't worry, they'll be available for purchase before class. This is a beginners’ class, designed to help people who've either never studied fern identification, or who have studied it and it "just didn't stick." Accordingly, we'll limit our focus to a dozen species. We will also discuss fern aesthetics, landscape uses, and ecology.

We will also have a short presentation by Fern Valley’s Curator, Joan Feely, who will explain how a badly degraded woodland became the gorgeous garden it is today. Then we'll spend the afternoon outside honing our identification skills while strolling along Fern Valley’s half-mile long, handicap accessible trail. Some of the ferns you will see on the trail are cinnamon, intermediate shield, broad beech, New York, Christmas, ostrich, lady, and bracken. Joan Feely's plant combinations will provide inspiration for your own garden work or woodland restoration.

By the end of this class you will have the skills and tools needed to identify not only the dozen ferns you learn in class, but most other common fern species you will encounter while hiking or gardening in Maryland.

Tentative Class Schedule
9:30-10:00am | Attendees check-in and enjoy light refreshments
10:00-12:00pm | Classroom activities
12:00-12:30pm | Lunch (bring your own)
12:30 to 2:30pm | Identification practice in Fern Valley

Additional instructions, including specific parking directions, will be sent to registrants approximately a week before the class.

In the case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion of the class will be moved to the morning of July 22nd. Registrants will be notified if that portion of the class needs to be rescheduled.

Required Book
Fern Finder: A Guide to Native Ferns of Central and Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, by Anne Hallowell and Barbara Hallowell. Nature Study Guild Publishers. ISBN: 978-0912550244

Registrants of the class may either purchase the book from the UME MG State Office or from another vendor of their choosing. Alternatively, registrants may choose to purchase or rent/borrow the books from a different source (e.g., their local library). Registrants may order the book from the MG State Office by using the Eventbrite registration form at the time of their initial class registration, or registrants may use the same registration form to order the book at a later date. Purchased books will be handed out at the beginning of class. Cost of the book if purchased through UME MG State Office: $5.00 plus Eventbrite fee

Prerequisite
Native Plant Essentials in person class or Native Plant Essentials online class

Continuing Education Credits
This class will count as 4.5 hours of UME MG or UME MN continuing education and also towards the Advanced Training: Native Plants Certificate.

Refund Policy
No refunds will be awarded after July 15th.

Instructor
Dr. Sara Tangren (Agent Associate, Home & Garden Information Center) is a specialist in sustainable landscaping and native plants. In addition to working with native landscapes and planted meadows, she has worked with the University of Maryland Arboretum and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on the conservation of native plants.


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