North Carolina Botanical Garden


Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes

with Sam Tessel, Ph.D., Plant Ecologist

The registration period has closed for this event.

Dates: Fridays, May 7, 14, and 21, 2021

Time: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Fee: $135 ($122 Members)


This course is intended for a broad audience and explores many aspects of the evolutionary history, economic and ecological dominance, current distribution, biology, and identification of the “graminoids.” Through lectures, lab work, and short field trips, students learn to appreciate the subtle and detailed beauty of these plants with inconspicuous flowers. Students also learn materials and methods for identifying these distinctive and important members of our flora. 

No prerequisite.



Remaining Seats: 1

Registration open through 5/5/2021 12:00 PM EST

About the Instructor

Sam Tessel is a botanist and ecologist specializing in the flora of the southern Appalachian Mountains and on the effects of seed dispersal on patterns of plant distribution and diversity. She has an M.S. in Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University and a PhD in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill. She has a special affinity for sedges and has worked on many projects including floristic inventories, rare plant surveys, and analyses of vegetation patterns. She is currently a research affiliate known to frequent the UNC Herbarium.

Certificate in Native Plant Studies Credits

Native Plant Studies Elective Course: Credits - 1
Certificate in Native Plants Elective Course: Credits - 1

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We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone. When registering, you must agree to abide by the UNC Community Standards. Read the UNC Community Standards here.

In brief, please follow these practices:

  • Before leaving home for class, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist. If you are not able to attend class for this reason, we will offer you a full refund as course credit or to your credit card.

  • Watch your distance and remain 6 feet apart from others.

  • Bring a mask with you. Wear a mask at all times indoors and when you are unable to maintain a 6' distance outdoors.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Wipe off your work area before and after class with disinfecting wipes that will be available in the classroom.

By doing these things, you are doing your part to keep others safe both on campus and in our local communities.


Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)

100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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