Botany for Beginners: Grow your knowledge with part-time course

Posted by er134 at May 03, 2013 01:51 PM |
University of Leicester Botanic Garden course will introduce beginners to wildflower identification

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 May 2013

The University of Leicester Botanic Garden are inviting members of the public to increase their appreciation and understanding of the plant diversity in Leicestershire and Rutland.

In their part-time Botany for Beginners course, which incorporates five monthly modules running from May to September, students will be taught how to identify at least 100 common, local wild plants. These modules can be taken singly or in any number and combination.

Each module focuses on a different group of plants and, using classroom-based tuition sessions, follow-up fieldtrips to local sites, websites and visits to the University of Leicester's Herbarium, students will be taught how to identify them.

No prior knowledge or qualifications are required; there are no exams or formal assessment, but a certificate of attendance will be provided. Modules cost £50 each (some reductions apply).

Louise Marsh, Course Tutor and Herbarium Assistant at the University of Leicester Herbarium, said: “The course offers a better understanding of native plants and, by studying them in their different habitats, allows a wider appreciation of the environment.

“Using this as a foundation, students can then progress to our popular Plant Identification course, which goes into greater depth.”

The University of Leicester Botanic Garden comprises 16 acres of gardens and greenhouses and is the most diverse garden in the East Midlands, in terms of both its plant collections and its landscape features. The Garden also has a satellite venue, the Attenborough Arboretum, located about a mile away.

For more information about the course and details on how to apply visit


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