Saturdays, January 7 and 14, 2023 | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
What is an ecosystem? An ecological community consisting of different populations of organisms that live together in a particular habitat.
We can create ecosystems in our gardens if we group plants with similar needs, such as soil, water and light. Florida hammocks and pinelands are among our native ecosystems, but we can create facsimiles of tropical and even arid ecosystems, especially with the warming climate, and incorporate native plants within these communities.
Because of the construction of several communities within one garden, maintenance is the key to success. Proper pruning, careful watering and fertilizing will vary from one ecotype to another. This class will show you how.
In this class we will discuss the following concepts:
What kinds of ecosystems do you have in your yard?
Can a lawn be an ecosystem?
What about a group of native plants?
What kinds of interactions in your garden indicate a healthy ecosystem?
Can native and exotic plants work together to create an ecosystem?
How does climate change influence what you want to create as an ecosystem?
Instructor bio: Georgia Tasker is a graduate of Hanover College in Indiana and received the first certificate in tropical botany from Florida International University in 1984. She was the garden writer for the Miami Herald. She has written 3 garden books and 4 garden handbooks for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Tickets are nonrefundable. This class runs rain or shine.