Masterclass (Ryton) - Plant identification

AoPH Masterclass in Plant Identification 

Common names often seem easier to remember than scientific names, but they are not as precise. Not only can a common name refer to very different plants, conversely a single species can have more than one common name. This can lead to confusion, and potentially to serious problems if people confuse weedy or poisonous species with harmless species.

The act of classification can be defined as ‘the groupings of individuals so that all the individuals in one group have certain features or properties in common".

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

Botanical Latin - the purpose of the 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 seasonal plants from their visual characteristics during each season:

            Autumn- Plant identification test

            Winter- Plant identification test

            Spring- Plant identification test

            Summer- Plant identification test


Each student will receive free of charge a copy of The Wild Flower Key: How to Identify Wild Plants, Trees and Shrubs in Britain and Ireland by Francis Rose

 AoPH Masterclass in Plant Identification - Book


 Dates and times - This is a four day programme.

17th September 2018, 10th December 2018, 11th March 2019, 10th June 2019.

This course runs from 09.30 to 15.30 each day.

What qualification will I get? On completion of the four separate 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 course2. 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: £395.00 plus V.A.T. at £79.00 for the complete course, total payable £474.00.

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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