Mt. Cuba Center Programs Spring - Summer 2019 S2019-Programs-JOOMLA - Page 25

CERTIFICATE CLASSES Plant Disease Management With Nancy Gregory Gardening with nature requires knowledge of the various pathogenic fungi, bacteria, and viruses that affect native plants and the environmental conditions that lead to infection. Become your own plant health detective and learn the signs and symptoms of the most common plant diseases in our landscapes. Study disease life cycles and discuss management strategies for prevention and control, then implement them in your garden. Bring your lunch. Two Thursdays: August 1 & 8 10 am – 2:30 pm $139 Ecosystems and Plant Communities With Lynn Mahaffy, PhD, and William McAvoy Inviting Wildlife into the Garden With Kelly Gill, Ian Stewart, PhD, and Derek Stoner Transform your landscape into a garden that attracts a wealth of beneficial wildlife, including birds, bees, butterflies, and amphibians. Unlock the important connections between the roles of pollinators, the habitats they require, and the plants that feed them. Explore Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens to observe native bees in action, and discover the best native plants for migrating and resident birds. Learn ways to include water features that support amphibians, damselflies, and bats, and create habitats that sustain wildlife year-round. Bring your lunch. Three Saturdays: September 7 to 21 (Rain Date: Saturday, September 28) 10 am – 2:30 pm $189 Explore the dynamic and diverse plant communities present in our area. Learn how ecology, geology, hydrology, plants, and animals, all interact to create healthy ecosystems through classroom study and field trips. Understand the complexities of these communities and how this information influences your home landscaping decisions. Enrich your learning with resources including the Flora of Delaware Online Database and A Guide to Delaware Vegetation Communities. Bring your lunch. Note: the third class consists of a field trip; hours are 8 am to 6 pm. Three Wednesdays: August 14 to 28 (Rain Date: Friday, August 30) 10 am – 4 pm $269 25