Time: 14:45 - 17:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
We will explore sources of information from the 1st century AD about plants and their uses for healing, investigate botanic gardens books and herbalists of the 16th and 17th centuries from Western Europe and list commonly used medicines with plant origins today. Botanic and common plant names will be explained.
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?
The history of plant medicine, with named examples from herbal and pharmaceutical medicine from the 1st century to today. We will consider these topics from a horticultural and historical perspective, no advice can be given on treatment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- list the origins of plant medicine
- name at least 6 plants used in herbal and pharmaceutical medicine today
- appreciate the role of early botanic gardens and herbalists in the recording of the alleged benefits of plants for healing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level is for beginners and assumes no prior knowledge. The most important thing is an interest in plants and an open mind.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run as a combination of tutor presentation, discussions and Q & A.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may want to bring pen and paper and any books on the subject you may already own.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS112 History of Chelsea Physic Garden
HS244 Medicinal plants
HS274 Winter walks in London
HS277 Birdwatching in winter
HS191 Botany of the Christmas cake
HS275 Bird identification with sight and song.
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.