Masterclass (Ryton) - Plant Botany
Botany originated in prehistory as herbalism with the efforts of early humans to identify and later cultivate edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, making it one of the oldest branches of science. Medieval physic gardens, often attached to monasteries, contained plants of medical importance. They were forerunners of the first botanical gardens attached to universities, founded from the 1540s onwards. Efforts to catalogue and describe their collections were the beginnings of plant taxonomy, and led in 1753 to the binomial system of Carl Linnaeus that remains in use to this day.
Modern botany is a broad, multidisciplinary subject with inputs from most other areas of science and technology. On this course you will be introduced to this fascinating subject. The following topics will be covered:
Plant classification - the Kingdom Plantae
Plant nomenclature - the formal, scientific naming of plants
Plant taxonomy - the discipline underlying the system of classification used by botanists and horticulturists to organize plants.
Plant morphology - the study of the physical form and external structure of plants.
Plant anatomy - the general term for the study of the internal structure of plants.
Plant adaptations - are special features that allow a plant or animal to live in a particular place or habitat.
Botanical Latin - the purpose of botanical Latin is to provide some information about a particular plant that distinguishes it from other plants.
Practical use of plant keys to identify plants
Practical identification of a range of plants from their visual characteristics
Methods now used to classify plants
Collecting and preserving plant specimens
Dates and times - This is a three day programme.
4th July 11th & 18th July 2018; 10th, 17th & 24th July 2019
This course runs from 09.30 to 15.30 each day.
What qualification will I get? On completion of the three sessions you will be given a course completion certificate from the Academy of Practical Horticulture.
What is the enrolment process? 1. Talk to us first to ensure that there is a place available on the course. 2. Complete an enrolment form on line, ensure you provide ALL of the details requested. 3. Payment options are: cash or cheque on the first day of the course, BACS or PayPal seven days before the start day of the course.
Cost: £295.00 plus V.A.T. at £59.00 for the complete course, total payable £354.00.
What else do I need to know? This is predominantly a theory course, therefore you need to wear comfortable casual clothing. However there will be walks on site to collect plant material to study, where you will be required to wear suitable outdoor clothing and safety footwear.
What can I do after this course? You would be welcome to attend any of the short course or masterclasses that we offer, or perhaps (if not already studying one of them) one of the Royal Horticultural Society Courses at one of our centres.
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