Native Plants in the Landscape - Web of Life
We espouse an interest in native plants because of their beauty, perhaps because of their increasing rarity and because we perceive that they are necessary and important. Can we replicate these features in our gardens? We will explore the intricate web of interactions between biotic and abiotic factors in a natural ecosystem including the interactions between native plants, fungi, bacteria, pathogens and soil fertility.
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. To define the primary features of plant communities and to differentiate how they differ from one another, and how communities are related to ecosystems.
2. Describe biotic and abiotic factors and the complex interactions between them. We will examine a number of important symbiotic relationships, including mycorrhizae, nitrogen fixers and other soil bacteria, and certain pathogens.
3. We will learn to emulate conditions that stimulate and optimize plant growth, and how to utilize microenvironments in our gardens to give desired species a competitive edge or to help plants grow in difficult situations.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
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