Introduction to botany
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HS021
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will search out plants in all their diversity, looking at hedges, borders, grassland, path edges, avenues, rockery, informal and formal areas in the park. By examining and observing closely, we will appreciate why plants are put in different categories in the plant kingdom and explore common and botanical names. The course will be of interest to keen gardeners as well as anyone wanting to know more about everyday plants. Limited plant identification will be included as the focus will be on linking plants with their different habitats and ways of growing, whether cultivated or not.
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.
What will we cover?
Plant habitats and classification:
- We’ll discover common and botanical names
- We'll observe plants from across the plant kingdom
- Clues to identification of groups of plants rather than every single plant
Please note plant apps are not included.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe the basic divisions of the Plant Kingdom
- Appreciate the use of common and botanical names
- Observe some common plants from across the Plant Kingdom
- Appreciate the diversity of habitats in Lincoln's Inn
- Follow your interest up with guidance on useful books and guides.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and open to all. You will need to be able to stand for 15 to 20 mins and be comfortable being outdoors, as the walks take place whatever the weather. 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?
We will meet in the City Lit in the morning and then go on a botany walk in Lincoln's Inn Fields (across the road) in the afternoon.
Plant Apps are not covered.
Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor and Birkbeck
Colleges for 15 years and is now at City Lit and the Chelsea Physic Garden. Her out of London courses are run at the Glenthorne Centre, Claridge House and Holehird, for the Lakeland Horticultural Society.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear warm and waterproof clothes with strong, anti-slip shoes. If you already have a hand lens this will be useful . You may find a notebook and/or a sketch book and pencil/pen useful. You are also welcome to bring along any books you already have that you are happy to share with the group.
We will have a loo stop and coffee break at the café during the morning.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses taught by Letta Jones:
HS282 Introduction to tree identification (23/04-30/04)
HS215 More botany (13/05-20/05)
HS264 Trees in summer (03/06-17/06)
Please check the City Lit website for other Nature courses on offer.
Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor College and and Birkbeck, University of London for 15 years. She now teaches classes at the City Lit, Marlborough College Summer School, Woodbrooke,Denman, Glenthorne and Knuston Hall. She is part of the Garden History Grapevine/Gardens Trust group which offers introductory and advanced courses in garden history www.gardenhistorygrapevine.wordpress.com. A guide at the Chelsea Physic Garden for 18 years, Letta now teaches on their education programme. She is a Green Flag Park judge and she also leads her own garden study tours abroad.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.