The Beauty of Alabama | Virtual class
April 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join us to explore the past, present, and future of our region: the story behind the beautiful and diverse native plants of Alabama.
Led by your instructor, Patrick Thompson, this virtual class begins in the past, looking back in time to understand how ancient history contributed to the wide diversity of species we see in our region today. After diving into the past, we will look forward into the future, to new frontiers in plant conservation and new cultivars of Alabama plants created in our state and beyond. In just an hour and a half, this virtual class will reveal how understanding our past and appreciating our present allows us to shape our botanical future.
About the Virtual Classroom: This class will take place in the comfort of your home via Zoom Webinar. Zoom Webinar has no additional cost and is very easy to use. All you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. Once you have registered for the class, you will receive an email confirming your registration and what to expect when using Zoom Webinar. You will have everything you need to feel comfortable prior to the class beginning!
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About Patrick Thompson:
Patrick Thompson holds a Master of Science degree from Auburn University’s Department of Horticulture. Since 2000, he has been employed by the Davis Arboretum at Auburn University, where he has curated the Arboretum’s oak collection and deciduous azalea collection since 2008. He has even developed both of these collections into viable members of the American Public Gardens Association's Plant Collection Network. He is an honorary Lee County Master Gardener, a climbing arborist, a type II wildland firefighter, a past president of the Alabamense Chapter of the Azalea Society of America, and the Coordinator of Alabama Plant Conservation Alliance. Patrick’s current collections work focuses on Alabama’s pitcher plants, trilliums, blueberries, hollies, and more. Photo credit: Dr. Donna Goodman