Yellow flowers

Speaker: Matthew Ross, Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens

Going on a nature hike is not only a therapeutic experience, but also one that can help us better understand a plant in its natural state, as well as its role in the garden or landscape. Join Matthew Ross as he shares his passion for field botany—the study of plant species in the field—and takes us on a journey through his travels alongside botanists and horticulture leaders as they step out of the garden and into the wild landscape. Navigate bogs, marshes, forests, and mountains across the country to better understand the natural matrix of plants within a variety of ecosystems.  Learn how plants adapt to harsh conditions and naturally cope with stress in the wild and leave with a better appreciation for their role in the landscape … and maybe your own desire to explore the field.