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Plant Communities of Eastern Mass: Vital Context for Landscape Design - Pat Swain Rice - Grow Native Mass

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The central purpose for this workshop is summed up by the landscape designer Darrel Morrison, who wrote, "The naturally evolved associations of native plants within a particular range can provide both information and inspiration for the design of gardens and landscapes that are ecologically sound and aesthetically satisfying."

Quite simply, a solid understanding of plant communities is indispensable for any designer of native landscapes. There is no one better to teach us about the natural plant communities of Massachusetts than Pat Swain, an ecologist who led the effort to update the official classification of these communities for the MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program, using data collected from extensive field inventories. She will discuss how a plant community is defined, and give an overview of the climatic, geologic, and disturbance conditions that influence the species assembled in these communities.

Come learn about communities that are common in eastern Massachusetts, with a focus on the plant species present and structure of successional types that may be models to reproduce or mimic in landscape design.

The lecture portion of this workshop will be followed by an optional 45-minute field walk through adjacent woodlands.

Pat Swain Rice recently retired from the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program, where she worked as an ecologist for nearly 30 years. She now teaches a wide range of classes on plant communities, botanical identification, and survey techniques. She holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Minnesota.

This is a classroom workshop with an optional short field walk at the end. CEUs will be available. Look at our website for more details, including registration information.

Great Hall Lodge at Cedar Hill
265 Beaver St
Waltham, MA 02452

Sponsor(s): Grow Native Massachusetts
Cost: $38/ $48
Phone: 781-790-8921

Published on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
All information is subject to change.

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