New England Plant Communities
Join Garden in the Woods ecologist Ted Elliman for an exploration of native New England plant communities. A Friday afternoon lecture will cover many of the forest, meadow, and wetland habitats found in Berkshire County, discussing their physical and ecological features--topography, geology, soils, and moisture--as well as their characteristic plant associations, including both common and rare plants. The Saturday field trip will take us to a variety of forested, open, and wetland habitats, and we will take a close look at the flora and features of each of them. Ted will also discuss impacts of invasive species, and possible changes to natural communities in response to climate change. We will travel by passenger van. Please dress for the weather and bring a bagged lunch. Ted Elliman has worked for the New England Wild Flower Society as a staff botanist, invasive species program manager, and as an instructor of botany, ecology, and conservation classes. His book, The Wildflowers of New England, an identification guide to much of the region's native flora, was published in 2016 by Timber Press. In the 1980's, Ted started and directed an environmental education and wilderness adventure center in the Berkshires. Since the mid-1990's, he has periodically led natural history tours to southwest China, where he worked for two years as a teacher and forest ecologist.