Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens

Workshops, Presentations, and Field Trips

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Tom Goforth, owner of Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens, conducts workshops, presentations, lectures and guides field trips for symposia, botanical gardens, nurseries, societies, and classes from elementary to university settings. Tom also consults for landscapers, nurseries, and botanical gardens on fern ecology, landscaping, and spore propagation.

SUBJECTS INCLUDE

*Spore propagation of native ferns

*Native fern ecology of the US

*Landscaping with native ferns

*The correlation of geology and plant communities

*Nursery propagation and management of US native ferns

*Fern morphology and taxonomy

*Large-scale ecological connections

*Native fern pressing and documentation

FIELD TRIP DESTINATIONS

*Locations throughout the Carolinas

*Eastern Georgia and Tennessee

*Southwestern US

*Oregon and Washington

*Michigan and Wisconsin

*Northeastern US

PRESENTATIONS AND FIELD TRIPS

Fern Propagation Consultation, Heritage Seedlings, Salem, Oregon, Oct. 16-17, 2005

Field Trip: Southern Applalachian Ferns, Top to Bottom, 2005 Cullowhee Conference, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, July 20, 2005, 5 hours, 17 participants

Workshop: Native Ferns: Morphology, Propagation and Ecology, 2005 Cullowhee Conference, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, July 21, 2005, 2 1/2 hours, 25 participants

Presentation: Propagating Native Ferns From Spores, The Ferntastic World of Ferns Symposium, Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA, June 18, 2005, 1 hour, 150 participants

Workshop Series, Native Ferns: Morphology, Propagation, and Ecology, The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Asheville, NC, May 14 and 28 and June 4, 2005, two 3-hour workshops and 1 6-hour field trip, 15 participants

Field Trip, The Ferns and Geology of Coves and Ridges of Ordovician Shore Strata, The Western Carolina Botanical Club, Eastern Tennessee, June, 2005, 12 participants

Presentation, Native Ferns: Morphology, Propagation, and Landscaping, Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, Charlotte, NC, Mar. 10, 2005, 2 hours, 75 participants

Field Trip, Panther Creek Circum-neutral Plant Communities and Geology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Carolina Environmental Program at the Highlands Biological Station, Eastern Georgia, August 16, 2004, 12 students

Mentoring, Using GIS to Predict Plant Distributions: a New Approach (and others), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Carolina Environmental Program at the Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, NC, Fall 2004 semester.

Fern Propagation Consultation, Towaligia Plants, Julliette, GA, August, 2004

Workshop: Native Ferns: Morphology, Propagation and Ecology, 2004 Cullowhee Conference, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, July 20, 2004, 2 1/2 hours, 28 participants

Presentation: Native Ferns for Garden Spaces, Greenville Master Gardeners Symposium, February 24, 2006

Teacher workshop on Ecological Connections, Evergreen Communty Charter School, Asheville, NC, February 16, 2006

Presentation: Native Fern Ecology of the Southern Appalachians, Waddell Barnes Botanical Garden, Macon State College, Macon, Georgia, March 4, 2006

Presentation: Native Ferns of the Southeast, Georgia Native Plant Society Symposium, March 14, 2006

Workshop series on native fern morphology, ecology, and propagation, The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, NC, May 13, 20,27, 2006

Native Ferns of the Eastern US, Atlanta Botanical Garden, June 22, 2006

Workshop: Ferns of the Carolina Piedmont, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, June 1, 2006

Workshop: Native Fern Morphology, Propagation, and Ecology; Field Trip: Diverse Native Ferns and Fern Habitats of the Southern Appalachians; Presentation: Mega Ecological Predictive Connections, 2006 Cullowhee Conference, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, July 19-22, 2006

Presentation: Eastern US Native Fern Ecology, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, August 23, 2007

Presentation: Mega Ecological Predictive Connections, Western Carolina Botanical Club, Hendersonville, NC, January 26, 2007

Art in the Garden Conference, Presentation: Sculpture in the Garden, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Charlotte, NC, February 24, 2007

Native Ferns of the Carolinas: Diversity in Nature and for Gardens, North Carolina Arboretum, Presentation, March 9, 2007

Field trip to sites in the Jocassee Gorges Preserve in South Carolina, Sponsored by the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, April 11-13, 2007

Spring Pulse: Fall Line Plant Community Survey Plots in the Vicinity of Rockingham, NC, Carolina Vegetation Survey, May 18-25, 2007. Also Pulse: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005

Workshop/field trip combo: Exploring Mega Ecological Connections Workshop on July 19,and Ecological Predictions Fieldtrip, July 20, 2007 Cullowhee Conference, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, July 18-22, 2007

Landscaping Inspired by Native Fern Habitats, Davidson Horticulture Symposium, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, March 3-4, 2008

Workshop/field trip combo: Exploring Mega Ecological Connections Workshop on July 23,and Ecological Predictions Fieldtrip, Cullowhee Conference: Native Plants in the Landscape, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, July 23-26, 2008, and July 22-25, 2009

The Great Debate (Native Plant Landscaping Issues), writer and moderator, Cullowhee Conference, July 22-25, 2009

Fern Taxonomy, Morphology, and Ecology, and Landscaping with Native Ferns presentation, and Workshop on Spore Propagation of Native Ferns, Mt. Cuba Center, Philadelphia, PA, June 10, 2010,

Fern Ecology, History, Morphology, and Taxonomy lecture, and Spore Propagation Labs, and field trips, horticulture class with Jeff Addleberg, Clemson University, winters of 2010 and 2011.

Landscaping with Native Ferns, Glencairn Garden, Rock Hill, SC, June, 2011

Fern Taxonomy, Morphology, and Ecology, and Landscaping with Native Ferns presentation, and Workshop, Frelinghausen Arboretum, Morristown, NJ, June, 2011

Ferns of the Carolinas, lecture and field trip, Congaree National Park, Columbia, SC, July, 2011

Landscaping with Native Ferns of the Cumberland Plateau, Warrior's Path State Park, Kingsport, Tennessee, January 14, 2012The Correlation of Geology and Geohydrology with Plant Communities, field trips, Clemson University Hygrogeology Conference, April 11 and 13, 2012

 

Upcoming Events

Fern Lecture and Spore Propagation Labs, Clemson University Department of Horticulture with Jeff Adelberg, January 27, 2014.

Geology and Plant Community Correlations, (Lecture at Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens and field trip to Jocassee Gorges Sites, The APPEX Group, May 2, 2014.

Native Ferns of the Middle Atlantic States: Ecology and Identification (Lecture), Propagation of Native Ferns from Spores (Workshop), Native Plants in the Landscape Conference @ Millersville, Millersville, PA, June 5-7, 2014

 

 

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Participant Comments

From Brett in Asheville: "I recently sat in on your presentation on native ferns at the NC Arboretum.  It was an excellent talk and I gained a great deal of knowledge that I will put to use at our new home."

The President of the French Broad River Garden Club: "I keep hearing rave reviews about your lecture at the Arboretum a couple weeks ago! ":

Margie wrote: "I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your talk.  I led a chat Friday evening after the picnic, and several attendees discussed various issues you had raised.  You really got people thinking about connections and the bigger picture.  They were particularly interested in soil biology.  Anyway I wanted you to know you touched a good nerve in people.  Thanks!!"

About the 2006 Cullowhee Conference, Ed from Macon: "Thanks, Tom.  The conference would not have been such a success without super shooters like yourself."

Adrien refering to a field trip the day before: "Thanks so much for taking time to share that special place with us - and your own expertise.  It's always a treat for me to see a diverse community of plants and see plants that I haven't yet seen in the wild.   Wild plants seem so much more vibrant than those in pots in the nursery or even in the garden.    It's especially helpful to me when selling plants to have had an experience of the plants' native habitats to share with customers.    Three cheers for Adder's Tongue Fern.  That was sooo great!"

 

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