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Plant Identification and Science Courses 2017

Plant Identification and Science Courses 2017

Wild Grasses

Identifying Wild Grasses for Beginners

£65.00

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Tutor: Pete Michna
Date: Thursday 08/06/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Grasses can be difficult to identify, especially if you dont know your glume from your ligule. This one-day course led by Pete Michna, one of our expert horticulturalists, will concentrate on common grasses from the Cambridge area looking at useful features and how to key them out. The day is aimed at complete beginners as well as those who have had a go before but given up in despair!
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Plant Taxonomy

Flowering Plant Taxonomy & Systematics: 5 day intensive course

£345.00

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Tutor: Dr Sam Brockington
Date: Monday 19/06/2017 to Friday 23/06/2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Price: £345

This five-day intensive course introduces flowering plant families to undergraduates, graduates, professionals and committed amateur botanists. The aim is to develop an understanding of the evolution and systematics of the major plant families and the practical skills needed when approaching the identification of plant material.

Teaching is through a combination of practical sessions and lectures covering exemplars of major flowering plant families. The course makes extensive use of plant material and the living collections across the Botanic Garden and includes a visit to the Universitys Herbarium, housed in the Sainsbury Laboratory, and a course dinner on Monday evening 19 June.
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Top 20

Top 20 Flowering Plant Families

£120.00

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Tutor: Ros Bennett
Date: Tuesday 11/07/2017 to Wednesday 12/07/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £120

Flowers present a seemingly infinite variety of glorious colours and fascinating designs. For novices interested in recognising and naming them this wonderful diversity can seem an overwhelming challenge. The first step in creating order out of this seeming chaos is to recognise that flowers can be arranged into natural groups or families. To be able to recognise family characteristics should be a big step towards naming a plant.

In Britain more than three quarters of the wild flowers we regularly come across belong to one of only 20 families - The Top 20! Most of these 20 families not only contain a large variety of species but also contain most of the species that dominate our landscapes. This practical two-day course led by botanist Ros Bennett and based in both the Classroom and outside in the Garden, aims to help you master the main characteristics of these 20 families providing you with the confidence and competence you need to become a budding field botanist and a better gardener.
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Basic genetics

Basic genetics, with a plant focus

£65.00

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Tutor: Karen van Oostrum
Date: Friday 14/07/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Would you like to learn about DNA, genes and chromosomes and discover how they fit into the cells of living things? What are F1 hybrids, and how are they created? In this relaxed one-day course with Dr Karen van Oostrum, you will address these areas, and develop a good understanding of basic genetic principles. This will be set in the context of plants, with discussion on how long humankind has been manipulating plant genetic material. The day will include a combination of talks, activities and time outside in the Garden making use of the recently re-developed Understanding Plants area.
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Common Garden Plants

The Chemistry and Biology of Common Garden Plants

£35.00

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Tutor: Alison Foster
Date: Tuesday 19/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

The chemistry (and some biology) of common garden plants will be explored in this morning session. The stunning rainbow of colours and array of scents influence what we grow but how often do you stop to wonder what makes those scents and colours and what benefits they have to the plants themselves? Some plants are toxic to humans and others are grown particularly for their great taste. This session will also look at the molecular basis of the taste or toxicity of commonly grown garden and allotment plants. The session will take place both in the Classroom and outside in the Botanic Garden.
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