Wild Grasses of Victoria 3-day course

December 2018    (Apply by 12th October 2018)

Of all the families of plants, the grasses are the most important in ecological, economic and agricultural terms. There are around 230 indigenous grass species in Victoria, in many cases playing a pivotal ecological role. There are also around 170 introduced grass species growing wild, with enormous ecological and economic impact.

To help you come to grips with the identification, ecology and management of wild grasses and their relatives, applications are now open for the 30th anniversary Wild Grasses of Victoria course, run by Biosphere Pty Ltd's Dr Graeme Lorimer. This renowned, in-depth course trains participants to identify almost all Victoria's wild species of grass, plus some species in related groups such as sedges and rushes. It covers the ecology, management, propagation, horticulture and growth requirements of grasses. It also explains how to read the landscape and manage vegetation well through an understanding of the grass species present and their relationships with other flora and fauna.

The course will run for three days in December 2018 - your choice of either Tuesdays 4, 11 & 18 Dec or Wednesdays 5, 12 & 19 Dec.

Class size is kept to 16 students - few enough to allow individual attention for novices through to botanists. It is a very social course.

Here is a testimonial:

"The grass course is inspiring and informative. Graeme provides a broad introduction into the world of grasses (as well as valuable knowledge to those with more experience) and provides a diverse range of activities for hands on learning. An absolute must for anyone interested in native grasses. Even if you weren't that interested in grasses before, you will be after the course."
  — Greg Waddell, native vegetation consultant

Wetland Plants Course, January 2019

Dr Graeme Lorimer will conduct this popular two-day course in January 2019. It can help anyone, from novice to botanist, to learn the identification and biology of wetland plants, both native and introduced. Plants of stream channels will also be discussed.

The course will cover:

  • How to differentiate between families of wetland plants - rushes, sedges, grasses, cumbungis, knotweeds, duckweeds etc.;
  • How to differentiate between groups of plants within these families, e.g. spike-rushes versus twig-rushes;
  • How to identify most commonly encountered species, in the field and with the aid of identification keys;
  • Ecological functioning of wetlands, e.g. plant/fauna interdependence, seasonal cycles, inter-annual variability and the cycling or accumulation of chemicals such as nutrients.

Notes and identification keys will be provided.

Contact the e-mail address at right if you'd like to be e-mailed when course details are released.