What is the course about?
Improving your observational skills to identify plants using plant material in the classroom and plants in situ
The usefulness of putting plants into groups
Understanding common and botanical plant names and why it matters
The historical and contemporary resources underpinning this knowledge.
What will we cover?
Plant classification and naming
Practical plant identification
Useful books and guides
Historical plant records from the 17th Century
Appraisal of the two sites we visit in terms of their history, management and significance.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Be more confident in identifying plants and using reference material as an aid
Correctly write and interpret botanical plant names and understand their benefits compared with common names
Use the Kew Gardens Library for further study
Describe the historical development of plant collection and its significance to planting today.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An interest and enthusiasm for plants and an open mind will be helpful, whether you are new to plants or have done
a previous course. This is a botanical not a horticultural course and you do not need to be a gardener or have a
garden to join the course. A good level of English is required to take part in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a very hands-on course. There will be a mixture of interactive sessions in pairs/group work, talks and
practical activities in the classroom and offsite.
A full day at Kew Gardens on Thursday 21 May is included, with a morning visit to their Library and an afternoon
guided walk in the gardens. Also two half-day visits on the Saturdays to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to pay for travel to Kew and the entrance fee to the gardens (approximately £20). Please bring pen and notebook.
You can bring a picnic lunch or eat at a Kew restaurant or café on the day.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look out for more natural history courses in our summer programme.