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Botany for Absolute Beginners with Leah Hattendorff

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Botany for Absolute Beginners with Leah Hattendorff

Time: July 15, 2017 from 9am to 12pm
Location: Northey St City Farm
Street: 16 Victoria St
City/Town: Windsor
Website or Map: https://www.eventbrite.com.au…
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: NSCF
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2017

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Event Description

Botany is the science of all things plants! The plant kingdom is a vast and beautiful group of organisms, responsible for so many essential functions here on planet Earth. Although they don't speak up much, amazing plants are everywhere, feeding us, providing our air, cleaning our water - just waiting to be discovered and appreciated.

There are over 23,000 plant species in Australia, so knowing where to begin is half the journey. This class will be focused on introducing participants to the art of identifying common flora that we interact with everyday, through noticing patterns and appreciating form. This class will cover some basic scientific concepts, but is aimed at those with no prior botanical knowledge.

What we will cover

- What exactly is the plant kingdom and how did it all come about?

- The basic bones of photosynthesis - how plants turn sunshine into oxygen

- Understand how plant types are grouped and named

- Get to know your plants - learn the parts and pieces that make up a plant and a flower

- Learn where to begin when identifying a plant species, take-away techniques for recognising common plant families through pattern understanding

- Learn to use practical tools like dichotomous keys to identify plant species

- Recognise some common plant groups in Brisbane, learn their scientific names to wow your friends or impress your date!

Leah Hattendorff is an Ecologist, Permaculture designer, writer and creative. Leah is skilled in flora survey and identification of many Brisbane plants and is passionate about growing and knowing edible plants too. With a focus on fun and wonder, Leah has a passion for connecting Green-hearted souls to our Planet, our Plates and Ourselves.

 
Cost: $60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder + Booking Fee

Sat. 15 July 2017

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Northey Street City Farm

16 Victoria Street

Windsor

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Comment by Lissa on April 17, 2017 at 8:59

It sounds good doesn't it. I hope once I "retire" I will have time to fit all these workshops in.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 17, 2017 at 8:37

And some of us need more years in our lives ;-)

Botany is totally fascinating especially when you have access to a dissecting microscope to see the tiny but exquisite structures in even the most basic of plants. Liverworts are just breath-taking. The smallest flowering plant is Lemna minor a 'duck weed' which most of us have on our ponds. Remember that Beatrix Potter figured out what a Lichen really was, presented her findings to the old guys who ran Botany in those days. Naturally they decided she was a stupid woman who didn't know her ass from her elbow. She was right though.

Comment by Christa on April 17, 2017 at 8:29

The subject really appeals to me, Lissa.  I always feel inadequate in knowing the whys and wherefore of botany and how it is used for identification etc. 

Right now I am trying to learn more about soils, through the soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham.  She also has thoughts of growing things the natural way and makes us think if we are doing to much to our soils. 

I need more hours in a day.

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