Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Off Site
Course Code: HS228
Duration: 1 session
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.
What will we cover?
We’ll explore how plants 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
- appreciate why plants matter
- name reading resources, libraries and gardens 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, practical group work with fresh specimens, observation activities, discussion and Q & A. Plant apps are not covered.
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?
You might like to join HS021 Introduction to botany (term 2) & HS215 More botany (term 3).
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.