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Intermediate Botany

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.

Registration is closed for this class.  

Monday, May 16, 2016 - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$192 – $231
Event Details

Intermediate Botany Seed Pod

GES: HL, 21, elective*

This class takes place over 3 days:

  • May 16
  • May 17
  • May 18

This 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.



*This class provides 21 hours of elective credit for the Garden Education Series: Gardening and Garden Design Certificate.  Non-certificate students welcome. This course is also registered for 21 hours in the Landscape Architect Continuing Education Series (LACES).


Intermediate Botany is part of the Botany Series.  View other classes in the series: