Your tutor for the day is Timothy Walker – lecturer, botanist, gardener, presenter and author. Until recently the Horti Praefectus of the Oxford Botanic Garden. Timothy still lectures in Plant Sciences at Somerville College.
The day will cover three areas.
Part 1 – Why do we bother with names & classification? The first session looks at the history and purpose and theory behind plant classification and naming and identification
Part 2 – Naming the bits. The basis of all plant classification and identification is knowing what you are looking at and how to describe what you are looking at accurately. This session involves looking closely at a number of different plants with a x10 hand lens and pulling them apart.
Part 3 – Using a key. The final part of the day involves taking this new knowledge of plant structure & plant features and using it to identify plants with the help of identification keys and the hand lens.
This is always a fascinating and engaging workshop. Comments from members who have attended before include:
“He kept our attention all the way through and made complex information simple and practical” and “an exceptional tutor – very entertaining and knowledgeable”.
You will need a suitable PC/Laptop/MAC with camera and will need to download the free Zoom App from their website.
The workshop will be broken down into a series of talks with breaks between. The more practical element will be achieved via screen sharing, digitial microscope and digital visualiser. This on-line session will parallel the face-face workshop as closely as possible.
The cost of this workshop is £55 per member, £65 per non-member which includes refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch, wet weather gear – just in case, and something waterproof to sit on.