I am so very proud to announce that the following students have been accepted as participants of the NATIONAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AEROSPACE SCHOLARS programme.(please see attachment). At present I believe that CFCC is the only college to have three students selected.
The students listed below have already begun to develop a MARS ROVER ROBOTIC FIELD GEOLOGIST VEHICLE. The goal of the vehicle is to learn about ancient water and climate on Mars. WOW! What an opportunity.
As they progress through the course I will keep CFCC updated.
We here at the Geology Program have changed our blog and spun off the Cape Fear Carnivores off to its own independent site. For information and news about the Rehder Carnivorous Garden at the Piney Ridge Preserve, please go to http://capefearcarnivores.com/ look for new updates in the near future.
Garden in the Fall
Here is a recent photo of the garden. Right now I am hard at work designing and setting up two camera systems for the Rehder Garden. If all goes well in the coming weeks we will have a solar powered Webcam for all to watch live. The second camera will be a Gopro camera that will be used for up close shots of daily life in the garden with neat features such as time lapse video so you can see the day pass within just a few minutes. And Que the bogdog just might be sporting the gopro camera so you can get as close as her nose to the plants!
So stay tuned and we are going to have a busy labor day here in the Garden.
Well classes have started here at CFCC, and with all this rain my work time in the garden has been limited. I have been spending the time transplanting many of the carnivorous plants in the greenhouse as they have outgrown their pots. In addition, many of the hundreds of seeds have sprouted and soon I will be thinking of needing to transfer them as well. As the growing season outside is coming to a close I am overall very pleased with the shape the Rehder Garden is in. When I started last May the tasked seemed a bit overwhelming, but as the weeks passed things have begun to take shape.
I am pleased to say that many of the Fly traps that were hidden under the overgrowth have grown well and have enjoyed the full sun. I have sown over 10,000 seeds and they are taking root and I expect that they too will do well over the winter. Still it is a different garden with all the loss from the poaching. I would like to say the the poaching ended however is continues. We lost a lot of large Flava (pitcher plants) in the southern end, and someone has been steadily cutting seed pods until we have very few left for the garden to grow naturally. It is a sad shame and so frustrating to see each time I work in the garden that someone is doing such selfish acts.
Here are some photos of plants that will be placed in the garden come next spring
Ready for Planting
When I started this I set myself the goal of replacing the 1000 flytraps stolen from the Rehder Garden by April 2014. Here it is almost August and I have now over 800 flytraps and 100 other carnivorous plants and about 1500 VFT seedlings that are coming up. I have not yet started cloning as this will be a winter activity then I will be creating plants for 2014-2015. Carnivorous plants grow slowly, so it is best to plan ahead. Come Monday our Geology class is about to have finals. Many of the students have been in both of Dr. Garwood’s classes this summer one of our best classes yet as we had many returning Vets in the classes. They have helped with the garden, so each student will receive a plant to say thanks. In less than three weeks fall classes start at CFCC and here we go again!
Here are some wonderful colors of the plants that I am in the process of rescuing. By tomorrow I will have 600 plants for Rehder garden and the 2014 school programs. I will be placing another 1000 seeds into germination later today and that will be the extent of the Venus Flytraps. Then it is on to the cultivation of Sarracenia and Sundews. I hope to take some cutting this weekend of sundews but we will see. as they are in quarantine being treated for aphids. I mean you would think the sundews would just eat them !
Dr Garwood with his students
This morning we had a great class at the Rehder Carnivorous Garden. CFCC students were studying the evolution of plants and it was a great chance for them to learn about some very important plant groups and of course the Carnivorous plants. It is always a great time seeing students who have never been exposed to the plant kingdoms before realize how unique and interesting they are. Science becomes fun and it is great to see them get excited.
I received a call about a landowner wanting to remove flytraps on a small island in the middle of a farm pond. Since the habitat was going to be lost, I went ahead and removed the plants. I was able to save about 150 flytraps and some sundews. All of the plants will once they have recovered , be transplanted to Rehder Garden. I will return over the weekend to continue to remove the other traps and Sundews and pot them as well
I also received a call from a grower in California and they will be donating 10,000 seeds for the projects. So it looks quickly that the plants stolen this spring will be replaced. Much of the replanting will happen in the spring, so we are looking at a busy fall and winter to get ready for that.
I recently put out into the carnivorous plant world online my need for some small Sarracenia starts. Tony C. came through with an amazing donation of 50 seedlings. I have potted them and put them into the grow room to begin to harden off and ready for the greenhouse. Once school starts these plant will be placed in elementary classrooms to grow and then planted in the Rehder Garden by the children.
Thank you Tony for your donation. The kids are going to love them!