This course includes a classroom lecture on the taxonomic characteristics of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous and evergreen plants in winter, including hands-on identification of twig and plant specimens, followed by a walk around Garden in the Woods to put your classroom knowledge to work. Learn the significance of macro and micro characteristics including growth habit, bud morphology, phyllotaxy, leaf and bundle scars, floral patterns and fruits. Acquire experience with an extensive array of classroom specimens and field identification of woody plants. Gain confidence using a key to identify unknown specimens, whether you are a beginning or experienced botanist. The program provides lecture notes and twig samples to take home. Bring a hand lens and bag lunch and dress for the weather.
Required Text: Fruit Key & Twig Key to Trees & Shrubs, by William M. Harlow, Ph.D.
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23