What is the course about?
An introductory course ideal for those who are new to botany. You will be introduced to some of the secrets of these magnificent organisms.
Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor and Birkbeck Colleges for 15 years as well as at the City Lit. She is a is a Green Flag Parks judge.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will explore external plant structure of leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruits to familiarise yourselves with their identifying features. We’ll discover the history of how they come to be named and you’ll learn more about why they matter to us all.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Appreciate the structure and correct use of common and botanical names
- Outline some of the ways in which we are dependent on plants.
- Understand the divisions of the plant kingdom
- List examples of where and why some common plants are classified in the Plant Kingdom
- Be familiar with technical botanical terms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and open to all, whether you have a garden or not. The course does not assume any previous study or reading, although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. An interest in plants and enthusiasm for learning more are the only prerequisites. As with most courses, an open mind and willingness to listen and observe are more important than specific levels of skill.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course. Suggested reading will be discussed at the beginning of the course. You will be encouraged to look at real plants throughout the week, whether on your plate, alongside the pavement or in parks and gardens to increase your observation skills.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Something to keep notes and or questions during the classes will be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS133 Tree talk and walk: Battersea Park
HS216 Tree talk and walk: Regent's Park.