Plant Families (Native Plant School ONLINE)

Plant Families (Native Plant School ONLINE)

August 19th, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Class Summary:

Explore with Brad Guhr how the flower structure, leaf arrangement, stem shape, pollination mechanism, and other attributes of some plants indicate which plant family they belong in. Learn the most common families in the prairie, how they are important to wildlife and humans, and why you should have plants from each family in your landscape.

Plant families, like human families, share features, attributes and appearances that are similar to each other. Learning more about plant similarities within families makes species identification easier, our native plant landscapes more interesting, and brings to us a greater understanding of the natural world.


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Native Plant School Summer 2021 Schedule (all classes are online):

  • Aug 12 | 7 pm – Garden Design: Matrix Planting with Scott Vogt
  • Aug 19 | 7 pm – Prairie Ecology: Plant Families with Brad Guhr
  • Aug 26 | 7 pm – Garden Impact: Edible Landscapes with Katie Schmidt

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains offers numerous workshops that encourage the use of native plants in landscaping. Native plants are drought tolerant, ornamental, and provide food and shelter to wildlife. A landscape rich with native plants can be enjoyed for its beauty and the wealth of birds and pollinators it attracts.