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Explore the basics of native plant identification with instructor Robert Jennings, an expert in natural lands management and environmental sciences. Learn the proper method of scientific classification and how to use this method to aid with narrowing down plant ID possibilities. Gain an understanding of why plants are placed into specific categories and increase your confidence with how to ID unknown plants to at least the Family or Genus level. After learning some of the basics, we’ll go outside to visit the Morton Native Plant Garden to try out your new plant identification skills. We’ll explore the beauty of native plants in both an aesthetic and scientific way. You’ll walk away being able to name more of your “neighbor” plants that you encounter in your day-to-day life, which is one of life’s great simple pleasures.

Fees: Member $40, Non-Member $48

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to be a Garden for all and we are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x328 and we will make our best effort to help.

Register Member $40

Register Non-Member $48

Saturday, June 8, 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Students are encouraged to bring something to take notes with (notebook or laptop/tablet), writing utensils, and weather-appropriate clothing and footwear for the outdoor portion of the class.

Robert JenningsAbout the Instructor

Robert Jennings has a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the Pennsylvania State University and has worked in a professional capacity in the environmental/natural lands management and public speaking field for over 25 years. He was born and raised in the beautifully diverse and ecologically rich Mid-Atlantic region of North America and is proud to still call it home. Robert has worked in this region his entire professional life. Robert worked for the Morris County Park Commission for over a decade in natural resource management and environmental education capacities. He also served on the Mid-Atlantic Exotic Plant Management Team in Shenandoah National Park and was a Grassroots Field Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He founded the Northern Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, served as a board member of Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Control, was vice president (2019) and is currently the president (since 2020) of the Central Blue Ridge Master Naturalist Chapter, and is a board member of Central Virginia Land Conservancy. Robert’s knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm of sharing the wonders of the natural world will captivate you and leave you feeling inspired!