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    April 25, 2018 Meeting    

Dennis Whigham:
Native Orchids - Ecology and Conservation

The Beltsville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 pm in the multi-purpose room of the Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, MD.

Please join us for a program titled, “Native Orchids - Ecology and Conservation.” Dennis Whigham, Ph.D, is a Senior Botanist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and is the Founding Director of the North American Orchid Conservation Program.

Dr. Whigham's primary interest is the ecology of plants and his research has resulted in journeys through forests, fields and wetlands around the world. Explorations have lead to studies of woodland herbs – including orchids, vines, wetland species, invasive species and studies of forests in the tropics, temperate and boreal zones. In recent years, studies of interactions between orchids and fungi have lead in new and exciting directions. His current passion is to establish the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC), an initiative of the Smithsonian and the United States Botanic Garden. NAOCC’s mission is to secure the genetic diversity of native orchids for future generations. The NAOCC model for orchid conservation is based on public-private collaborations and there are currently more than fifty collaborating organizations distributed across the continent from Florida to Alaska.

Dr. Whigham obtained an undergraduate degree from Wabash College and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He joined the Smithsonian in 1977. Dr. Whigham and his collaborators have published more than 250 articles in journals and books and he has co-edited 10 books.

The public is welcome and admission is free. You are encouraged to bring something to exchange: a plant, cutting or garden tool or magazine: bring something, take something! Refreshments will be served after the talk.

Also mark your calendar, for the annual plant sales on April 21 and May 12 in the parking lot of High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD. The sale starts at 8:00 a.m.

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