Mt. Cuba Center Programs Spring - Summer 2019 S2019-Programs-JOOMLA - Page 37

CONSERVATION CLASSES Snakes: Good for the Garden NEW! With Andy Adams Untangling Viny Clematis Viorna With Dwayne Estes, PhD, and Amy Highland Finding snakes in your grass? Not to worry! Snakes are a very important component of our ecosystems and play a big role in controlling garden pests. Andy describes the habitats associated with snakes and the species you are most likely to come across in your yard. Learn how to live with snakes, reduce encounters with them, and even attract them to the garden. Live snakes will be safely showcased in the class, followed by a brief outdoor search for these elusive serpents. Coming to your garden center soon: native clematis! Current research shows there is a lot of potential for these beautiful flowering vines. Dr. Dwayne Estes overviews the genus Clematis, presents the identifying characteristics of the American species, and discusses their ecological preferences, geographic distribution, and garden-worthy features. Amy Highland then leads a tour of Mt. Cuba Center’s core collection of native clematis so you can see first-hand how amazing these plants are. Saturday, May 11 (Rain Date: Saturday, May 18) 10 am – 12 pm $29 Thursday, June 27 (Rain Date: Friday, June 28) 10 am – 12 pm $29 Hike the Mt. Cuba Center to Ashland Loop Milkweeds and Their Natural Plant Communities Take an exceptional behind-the-scenes trek through Mt. Cuba Center’s natural areas to Ashland Nature Center and back with Joe Sebastiani, Manager at Ashland Nature Center, and Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands staff. Along the way, enjoy the Piedmont’s spring ephemerals, explore old-field meadows and forested habitats, learn about Natural Lands research projects, and reconnect with nature. Dress for the weather; bring binoculars, a water bottle, and lunch; and be prepared for a four mile hike through hilly terrain. Milkweeds, host plants to the famous monarch butterfly, support a variety of insects, making them power players in pollinator meadows. Rochelle and Becky, native plant specialists with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, have studied the natural community structure of meadows, where they have documented several milkweed species and the plants typically associated with them. Learn how to mimic those plant communities in home gardens and how to propagate milkweeds on your own. A walk through Mt. Cuba Center’s meadow highlights milkweed species suitable for your garden. With Joe Sebastiani and Natural Lands Staff Wednesday, May 15 (Rain Date: Wednesday, May 22) 9 am – 1:30 pm $29 With Rochelle Bartolomei and Becky Melzer Friday, July 12 (Rain Date: Friday, July 19) 10 am – 12 pm $29 mtcubacenter.org 37