Tryon Garden Club announces 2012 spring plant identification classes at Pearson’s Falls Glen

Published 2:00 pm Friday, March 2, 2012

Early Yellow Violet, Viola rotundifolia, one of the wildflowers that can be found at the Pearson’s Falls Glen. (photo provided by Ted Tinnon)

Classes starting March 26
The Tryon Garden Club, owners and operators of Pearson’s Falls, have put together a series of six classes to cover the identification and use of flowering and non-flowering plants that grow in Polk County. These classes are being offered to provide knowledge of plant identification and usage for personal enjoyment.
The class schedule starts out March 26 with a session on “Flowering and Non-flowering Mosses and Ferns,” provided by Phil Nisbet, who is well known to students of his at both Isothermal Community College and FENCE.
On April 4, the docents at Pearson’s Falls will offer a session on “Wildflowers in Bloom.” Then, on April 9, Bonnie Arbuckle of the Western N.C. Botanical Club will offer her “Flowering and Non-flowering Plants at Pearson’s Falls.”
On Wednesday, April 11, the Tryon Garden Club docents will offer a class on “Wildflower Identification” that is targeted for families with school-age children. This special event is billed as a family walk class for school-age children. No docent’s fee will be charged for children attending this event, just admission to the falls, but preregistration is critical to ensure there are enough docents on hand.
Monday, April 16, Jenny Lellinger, a field naturalist and fern specialist, will discuss the “Mosses and Ferns Growing in the Glen.”
Finally, on April 23, Millie Pearson, who grew up at the falls, will lead a class on “What Is Growing Now.”
The classes are held starting March 26. The time for class varies. There is a fee for the classes, and all classes require gate admission. The money collected from each class goes toward trail maintenance.
For further details and registration information, call 828-749-3031.
The Tryon Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For membership details, contact Delia Tittle at 828-859-8372.
– article submitted by Jane Templeton for the Tryon Garden Club