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Grasses, Sedges, Rushes

Identification of grasses, sedges, and rushes is often perceived as one of the most difficult activities in the realm of botany.  This is due to many factors, the most prominent of which are that grasses, sedges, and rushes (i.e., “the graminoids”) are usually small, narrow-leaved plants with unassuming, diminutive flowers – and they all look alike!  Even more disconcerting, the “language” surrounding graminoid botany seems like an insurmountable pile of un-pronounceable Latin words with no end in sight.  This course is for the disgruntled multitudes who would like to gain a better understanding of grass, sedge, and rush terminology, classification, nomenclature, and most importantly, identification.  In addition, those already proficient in plant identification will find this course to be a useful refresher.  Emphasis is on native or naturalized species in Virginia, and the use of dichotomous keys in technical plant manuals and regional floras. Supported in part by the Freas Foundation. Instructor: Dr. Douglas DeBerry.

This class is full.  

Monday, August 15, 2016 - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$128 – $152
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Grasses with seeds

GES: HL, 14, Elective*

This course includes lecture, lab, and field practicum. Attendees should come prepared for some “off-trail” hiking, rain or shine. Lunch is on your own each day.

The class takes place over two days:

  • Monday, August 15
  • Tuesday, August 16




*This class provides 14 hours of elective credit for the Garden Education Series: Gardening and Garden Design Certificate.  Non-certificate students welcome.

This class is approved for 14 HSW credits by the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System.



Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes is part of the Botany Series.  View other classes in the series: