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Plant Communities of Eastern Massachusetts: Vital Context for Landscape Design
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Plant Communities of Eastern Massachusetts: Vital Context for Landscape Design


When: October 4, 2017
1:00 - 4:00pm
Where: Cedar Hill
265 Beaver St
Waltham, Massachusetts  
United States
Meredith Gallogly


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. Note: This is a classroom workshop, with an optional field walk at the end. Instructor: 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.

Sponsored by Grow Native Massachusetts

$38 member/ $48 non-member


Participants will receive 1/2 MCH credit.

Please visit the Grow Native Massachusetts website for more information.


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