Monday, August 9, 2010

Where the fern grows...

In your garden

A class on local ferns, their identification and propagation for the garden meets from 5:30 to 8 p.m. August 16, at the Yale Peabody Museum, with a field trip to a local natural area on August 18, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on August 18.
There are only a few native species, organizers said in a statement, and identifying them is “rather easy once you know how.”
This course will include information on recognizing all the common species, discovering fern life cycles, and finding out how to propagate them for the garden, the statement said.
Partcipants will plant a small tray of spores to bring home and germinate. Required text is the “Peterson Field Guide to Ferns,” Second Edition, by Cobb, Lowe and Farnsworth, the statement said.
Co-Instructors are: Lauren Brown, botanist and author of “Weeds In Winter and Grasses: A Simplified Guide,” and Jim Sirch, Education Coordinator, Yale Peabody Museum.
The fee is $55 for museum members and $65 for nonmembers.
The museum is at 170 Whitney Ave.

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