Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center 
400 Garden Road
Chattanooga, TN 37417

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CNP Program Manager 
Wild Ones - Tennessee Valley Chapter 

Biology of Liverworts, Mosses, and Ferns

Back in the days of ol’, biologists grouped plants into higher and lower plant groups.  That is obsolete now but we do have plants that reproduce by seeds and plants which never make seeds.  Most of the plants we put in native gardens are seed producers, but we should not neglect these beautiful non-seed producers.  Biodiversity is increased when we have both growing!

We will expand your understanding of botany with this course that examines the life cycles of non-seed bearing plants.  Liverworts, mosses, ferns and other allies such as lycopodium and horsetails are included in these plants that typically require moist, shady conditions to thrive.   This will be a classroom study with specimens in pots and/or terraria for you to examine as well as some microscopic views of the spores, sporangia, etc.  Information will be presented at the beginner level and we will compare the non-seed cycles with the seed bearing cycles.  You will understand why these plants are more dependent on moist conditions than some of the seed bearing plants. 

Instructor: Charlotte Freeman, MS

This course is an elective course and provides 4 credits toward the completion of the Certificate in Native Plants program. You do NOT need to be working toward the Certificate to attend this class.  

For more info about the Certificate in Native Plants program:

Class price:

  • $35 for members of Wild Ones, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center or Tennessee Native Plant Society.  To join the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones: https://wildones.org/membership/
  • $45 for non-members

Registration Policy:  As with all Certificate in Native Plants classes, class size is limited.  To give everyone the best opportunity to participate, there is a non-refundable cancellation fee of $10, with the balance refunded if you cancel at least 7 calendar days before the class will be held.  If the class is cancelled by the instructor or the CNP program, registrants will get a full refund.  

If you do not pay online, you will need to mail your check to Wild Ones-Tennessee Valley Chapter, 4918 Marlow Drive, Red Bank, TN 37415.  Please put the date of the program in the memo line as well as the last name of the person you are registering.  You will not be registered until your payment is received.