ENVR090 Ecological Plant Knowledge 1: Natives


Course Description

This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships, through a brief review of ecosystem ecology, botany, and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants. The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere.


Course Outline

  • Interdependence within ecosystems

  • The meaning of "native" Native ecosystems and plant communities

  • Formation of specialized ecosystems

  • Ecology, politics & economics of invasive plants

  • Creating wildlife habitats with native plants



Required Textbook: Bringing Nature Home- How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy. Timber Press, Portland, 2009- USBN 13-978-0-88192-992-8.

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