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?
Most of us come into contact with about 40 plants in our everyday life, from cotton sheets on our beds, coffee and vegetables, medicine, tyres for buses and cars, the chair we sit on, the paper we write on. With around 428,000 plants worldwide and over 35,000 with recorded benefits our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. We are dependent on them for the very air we breathe. This course will take a whistlestop tour round some of these extraordinary organisms, highlighting key examples of richness and diversity of everyday plants.
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’ll explore how plant provide food, medicine, ornamental and economic uses in everyday life, plus how they are named.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- list at least 10 plants, and their beneficial use in everyday life
- note their common and botanical names
- demonstrate glimpses into the context of the exploitation of plants
- name reading resources for further study.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and open to all. 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?
You will be taught in several ways including presentation with visual examples, discussion and Q & A.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may find a notebook useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS270 London heaths and commons
HS244 Medicinal plants
HS019 Trees in winter
HS274 Winter walks in London
HS277 Birdwatching in winter
HS191 Botany of the Christmas cake
HS275 Bird identification with sight and song
HS021 Intro to botany (term 2).
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.