Botany for Gardeners July 18 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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When is a fruit a fruit? What exactly is a potato, or an onion? An approachable introduction to the world of botany from the gardener’s perspective.
This course will cover the history of our climate and soil types, and consider how this and climate predictions may impact on plant choices and gardening styles. We look at the basic plant parts (roots, stems and leaves) and their functions, and develop an understanding of the ways in which these can vary through modifications.
Then we move on to flowers, and you will begin to understand how to recognise the floral parts within different specimens. You will learn about the process of pollination, and see how choice of flower shape and colour influences the types of pollinators you attract to your garden.
In a short visit into the Garden / Glasshouses you will be encouraged to think about environments and how plants are specialised to grow where they do.
This is followed by an introduction to the anatomy of a range of seeds and fruits, and a look at the physiology of seed germination. Finally, we think a bit about the signals that pass between cells as a result of pruning.
This should be an informative, lively and informal course, with the opportunity for questions and discussions and plenty of practical activity throughout.
With Dr Karen van Oostrum
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