I was delighted to discover an additional emphasis on sustainable gardening and native plants in the 2009 Longwood offerings!! And Longwood has recruited our leading local plantspeople to teach the courses, ensuring their quality. In 2009, Longwood will showcase the issue of pollination and its importance to horticulture, and there are several related lectures and classes in beekeeping, colony collapse disorder and attracting pollinators.
Within the Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Plant Courses, there are two new courses, one on Edible Plants, offered this year, and one on Native Plants, to be offered in 2010.
Additional short courses and workshops of interest include:
- Installing and maintaining native plant meadows
- Seed collection,
- Healthy habitat designs,
- Sustainable landscape and design theory.
In addition, Doug Tallamy, an entomologist researching insects ability to utilize native versus non-plants as a food source, will be a featured speaker at the 2009 Today's Horticulture Symposium on February 6th. (We are co-sponsoring Dr. Tallamy at Penn State Brandywine on February 8th).
Cheers to Joan McClintock, the new Continuing Education Coordinator at Longwood!! Rediscover Longwood Gardens, http://www.longwoodlearning.org/.