Burpee program explores ecology of plants from ground to tree level
From press release
Burpee Museum of Natural History will present a program to explore “The Transition From Canopy to Ground: The Ecology, Culture and Use of Shrubs and Small Trees” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, at the museum, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.
Often there is empty space between the plants growing near the ground and the towering canopies of the trees above. How do we best fill this space? Which small trees and shrubs will grow under or near our trees? How will they affect the overall plant community?
Professor John Harrington of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will explore the native shrubs and smaller trees that make up the midstory of our forests, prairies and wetlands. The first part of the talk will cover the environmental conditions under which our native plants grow, the challenges to successfully growing them in our yards, and their use in design. A discussion about several native shrubs and small trees emphasizing where they grow, how they grow, the services they provide, and possible landscape uses will follow. The third part will be a discussion about what has been covered through questions and the opportunity to share our experiences.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kim Risley at (815) 962-4584.
From the Aug. 11-17, 2010 issue
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