Once again, Rutgers is offering two summer plants classes: “The Woody Plants of Summer: Native Plants” (July 23) and “The Woody Plants of Summer: Plants from Abroad” (July 30). Both classes will be taught by longtime Rutgers instructor Steven Kristoph.
Steve sees these two one-day courses as warm weather companions to the 11-week Landscape Plants class that takes place over the winter. The summer classes give people a chance to see many of the same plants in a blooming environment. While these two classes are much shorter, the intent is the same.
“Students will learn what plants to use,” Steve says. “They’ll also learn where to use them—but more importantly, why to use them.”
In addition to garden enthusiasts and professional landscapers, Steve feels these courses can be of great use to anyone working as a landscape architect, environmental employee, shade tree commission member, or town engineer.
“There was a student who took my winter class in 1988. She said, ‘I’m the one who looks at everything that gets planted. I need to know if a plant is wet-site tolerant. I need to know how big it’s going to get—is it a tree or is it a shrub? Because you don’t want to plant a tree under a power line.”
The cost for each class is $210. This includes breakfast and lunch. You can register here:
The Woody Plants of Summer: Native Plants
The Woody Plants of Summer: Plants from Abroad
Register for both classes and receive a discounted rate! ($375 for the two). For questions, please call 848-932-7317.
Why are there not online courses
Joe at Rutgers says
Hello, Jeanette. Many of these classes involve a certain amount of hands-on activity that’s considered vital to the topic, so it’s hard to put them online – but we are discussing the possibility, and it might happen. Thanks you for your interest.