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Winter Garden Seminar highlights native ferns

January 8th, 2012 6:07 pm by staff report

Tom Goforth, owner of Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens in Pickens, S.C., will be the guest speaker during the 23rd annual Winter Garden Seminar, set for Jan. 20 and 21 at Warriors’ Path State Park in Kingsport.


Goforth will discuss “Native Ferns in the Landscape” and teach participants how to create a healthy landscape with native ferns. For the past 12 years, Goforth, who has a bachelor of science degree in geology and a master of fine arts in visual arts, has commercially grown eastern North American native ferns from spores for gardening and for restoration. He conducts fern ecology research from the Carolinas to the Upper Midwest and New England.


Goforth will teach participants in Kingsport about the history and elegant life cycle of ferns, the ecological communities of Warriors’ Path State Park and the amazing variety of native ferns that occur in the park and in the surrounding mountains and ridges. He will present a lecture at 7 p.m., Friday, on fern history, lifestyle and ecology. At 10 a.m., Saturday, he will present an in-depth fern workshop. Saturday’s workshop will focus on correlating Kingsport’s regional ecology with native ferns, fern species identification and distribution in the specific ecologies of Warriors’ Path State Park, and guidelines for landscaping and restoration with native ferns.


Because everyone’s garden is different, there will be time set aside for answering gardeners’ questions. The seminar will be held at the Recreation Building on Duck Island.


This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Participants can pre-register for Friday evening, Saturday morning or both.


To register or for more information, call (423) 239-6786 or email marty.silver@tn.gov.

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