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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. Instructor: Dr. Douglas DeBerry.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are strongly encouraged for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

All programs are subject to change.

Register Member $220

Register Non-Member $264

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - Friday, June 9, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Details

Intermediate BotanyThis course will include a mix of time for lectures, labs, and field practicums. Attendees should be prepared for some fieldwork homework assignments.

Pre-requisite: Beginning Botany or equivalent.

GES: HL, 18, elective*

This class takes place over 3 weekdays across 2 different classroom spaces:

  • June 7 – Classroom 2 in the Kelly Education Center
  • June 8 – LAB in the Kelly Education Center
  • June 9 – LAB in the Kelly Education Center

*This course provides 18 hours of elective credit for the Gardening and Garden Design Certificate.  Non-certificate students welcome.

About the Instructor

Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry, Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary, and contributing author on the Flora of Virginia.