Online Class: Carnivorous Plant ID, Bog Ecology, and Bog Gardens
A bog, or peat bog, or cranberry bog, is generally a permanently wet place that accumulates water but is not a perpetual pond or lake. Bogs occur around the world in various forms, typically with an acidic peaty substrate and in sunny settings. Often they are associated with fire ecology, and characteristically harbor carnivorous plants, orchids and other specialized species. The Carolinas are famous for their bog habitats and species. Bog plants can have beautiful flowers and leaves, form attractive combinations, and provide endless hours of entertainment, especially the carnivorous species. American bog plants include carnivorous species such as Sarracenia pitcher plants (11 species), Venus-flytrap, sundews, and numerous non-carnivorous associates like Pine Lily, Barbara’s-buttons, Orange Milkwort, Marsh-pinks, blazing star, and many orchids. We will describe the habitats and the most important species and see how to grow them in portable containers and constructed in-ground beds. A live Zoom format will offer opportunities for students to ask questions. For students unable to attend the live Zoom meetings, questions can be submitted in advance and recordings of the Zoom class will be available for later viewing.
Instructor: Larry Mellichamp, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Location: Online Live Class via Zoom; class materials and Zoom link available via Padlet
Class Limit: 40
Cost: $60 (Includes book (shipped to you), Carnivorous Plants: Gardening with Extraordinary Botanicals by Hewitt-Cooper), 3 hours CNPS credit