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June 9; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 16; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 23; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Intermediate Botany

Mondays, June 9, 16, 23, 2014, 9 am - 5 pm


Program for Seasoned Gardeners and Green Industry Professionals. Looking for in-depth instruction? Try this program aimed at individuals who want to expand their knowledge or freshen up what they learned in school. Instructor: Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry, Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary.

This course provides an in-depth overview of the tools and techniques used by botanists to identify plants to the species level, with a strong emphasis on family characteristics.  Attendees are exposed to concepts in plant classification, nomenclature, habitat, distribution, and of course, vegetative and reproductive characteristics – all of which can be used to help identify plants to the species level.  Emphasis is on native or naturalized species in Virginia, and the use of dichotomous keys in technical plant manuals and regional floras.  An important focus of the course will be on empowering attendees to “dismantle” the seemingly endless complex of scientific terminology surrounding plant identification.   Supported in part by the Freas Foundation.

Course includes lecture, lab, and field practicum. Attendees should come prepared for some “off-trail” hiking, rain or shine. Lunch is on your own each day.

$225 / $192 member. 3 sessions = 24 hrs. GES: HL, 24, elective

Online registration for this class is closed. Call 804-262-9887 ext. 320 M-F, 9 am - 5 pm for availability