Early Spring Shrub and Tree ID
1:00pm - 4:00pm
The ability to identify woody plants without leaves is an extremely useful tool to add to your landscape management toolbox. Knowing which shrubs and trees are present on a piece of land will enable you to make more informed decisions when attempting to meet the wildlife management goals of the property. And winter identification is easier than you might think for many species. Seedlings of woody plants often stand out in the early spring landscape, without the distraction of the grasses, perennials, and leaves that are present during the growing season. The training will take place in the fields, woodlands, and wetlands of Distant Hill Gardens. You will learn how to identify numerous species of shrubs and trees using visual clues other than green leaves - clues such as shape, branching patterns, buds, bark, smell, taste, habitat, persistent leaves, cones, and fruits. And you will see first hand how native plant identification is being used as a management tool to enhance the plant biodiversity of a pollinator meadow at Distant Hill Nature Trail.
Workshop leaders: Steve Roberge: Cheshire County Extension Natural Resources Specialist and Forester and Michael Nerrie: Designer and builder of Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail.
What to Bring: Bring a hand lens if you have one, but we will have a few to borrow if you don’t. Appropriate footwear could include snowshoes or ice cleats, but a good pair of waterproof boots for sure.