Plants Shaped by Water

Turtlehead Turtlehead in shrub wetland, Merrimac Farm, Prince William County, VA. Photo by Charles Smith

“Water is essential for all life,” explained Charles Smith, opening his talk on November 10, 2020, a presentation titled “Plants Shaped by Water.” No matter where plants are, they need water, from a little carnivorous sundew to wetland pickerelweed to giant oak trees.  Some systems, like saltwater and freshwater wetlands, are defined by water.  Smith is a branch chief with the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division, a certified ecological restoration practitioner and a Virginia master naturalist instructor. 

The meeting was sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, the American Horticultural Society, the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Friends of Little Hunting Creek.  Here is his talk.


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