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Winter Identification of Deciduous Woody Landscape Plants
Plant Identification Summer Course
This course reviews information in the manual for people who are taking the NHCLP. It is also open to non-exam takers.
The next Review Sessions are February 18, 20, 25, and 27 at the Thompson School of Applied Science, Putnam Hall, UNH, Room 5, Durham.
- Session 1: Botany, Soils, Fertilizers, Composting
- Session 2: Plant Identification, Plant Nomenclature, Plant Hardiness, Native and Invasive Plants
- Session 3: Turf, Planting Instructions, Plant Maintenance, Safety
- Session 4: Landscape Design, Hardscape, Bidding and Estimating
This two session course held in January will expand your skills in identifying deciduous woody landscape plants in the winter landscape. Since, here in NH, deciduous woody plants have leaves for only 5-6 months a year winter identification skills are very important in the landscape industry.
In the first session, winter morphology including fruit, twig and bud features and bark types will be covered in the classroom. ID Keys that can help with identification, both those online and in book form, will be reviewed as well. The second session will be outside reviewing and practicing winter identification of common woody landscape plants.
Participants should bring a hand lens and a penknife or leatherman.
Prospective NHCLPs planning to take the plant identification portion of the exam in March are encouraged to attend.
The course has been approved for 2 NHCLP recertification credits.
Audience: those with previous plant id experience
Dates: Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7 (Snow dates Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9)
Location: Greenhouse classroom, Thompson School of Applied Science, Durham, NH
Instructor: Dana M. Sansom, Associate Professor Horticultural Technology, Thompson School of Applied Science, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee: $75.00, $60.00 for each additional person from the same company.
To Register: Email Patty Laughlin, NHCLP coordinator, email@example.com, and mail check to Patty Laughlin, c/o Lorax Landscaping, P.O. Box 253, Epping, NH 03042
Landscape Plant Materials Course: This class covers the NHLA Certification Plant Identification List. The purpose is to teach plant materials to people who are new in the industry or people with little plant knowledge. The first class introduces students to methods of identification and plant families and then the rest of the classes are spent identifying plant material. The NHLA Certification Plant List covers a wide range of common plant materials used in the landscape industry. This course is appropriate for anyone who wants to strengthen their plant material knowledge and is also designed to prepare people for the Identification portion of the NH Certified Landscaped Professional exam. It is open to both members of NHLA and non-members.
Format: Students will learn the identifying features and landscape value of the plants in the Certification manual. There will be a quiz each week and a final exam. Students will obtain a certificate if they obtain a 60% average. The Identification portion of the Certification exam will be held after the end of the course.
Instructor: Dana M. Sansom, Associate Professor of Horticultural Technology, Thompson School of Applied Science.
Cost: $450.00. per student. Price includes Plant ID portion of NHCLP Exam.
Course runs one evening a week during the summer, 5:00-8:30 pm, for 13 weeks. The 2014 dates will be posted soon.
Place: Most classes will be held at The Thompson School of Applied Science, UNH, Durham. Classes will also be held at Stone Post Nursery in Raymond, Millican Nurseries in Chichester, and Van Berkum Nursery in Deerfield.
To Register: Download Form
For more Information: Patty Laughlin, Lorax Landscaping, 603-303-01779, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dana Sansom, 603-435-7216, email@example.com
Private Tutoring Available: Contact Patty Laughlin for information and fees.
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IMPORTANT!! PLANT IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION
* The plant identification list has been revised. The new list can be downloaded by clicking here, or from Patty Laughlin. The exam will be taken from the new list.
Horticopia (a plant database software program) can be purchased from Horticopia.com. There are many different versions but the student version Horticopia A-Z is $99.00 and has most of the plants on the NHCLP list except for weeds. It can also be used to make up plant info sheets for customers. Horticopia.com also has pictures of the plants that you can access for free but there are usually just one picture for each plant.