Botany for Gardeners

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Have fun with botany! Understanding how plants grow and develop, how water and nutrients are taken up and distributed, and how leaves, flowers, stems, and roots function are key to becoming a successful gardener. Discover intriguing relationships between plants and pollinators, how seeds and fruits form, and why plants grow toward the sun. Develop basic plant identification skills and learn the reasons for using scientific names. You will be amazed at what goes on unnoticed in the plants that live all around us.

Day 1
1 pm - 3 pm: 2 PDHs
Introduction to Botany
1 pm - 2 pm: Introduction to Plants
•Plant Kingdom (Non-vascular plants; Vascular Plants; Seed Bearing Plants)
•Plant Nomenclature (Linnaeus; Binomial system)
1 pm - 3 pm: Plant Structure (Roots)

Day 2
1 pm - 3 pm: 2 PDHs
Plant Structure (Continued)
1 pm - 2 pm: Stems (Anatomy; Morphology; Vascular system; Rooting cuttings)
2 pm - 3 pm: Leaves (Anatomy; Kinds of leaves; Arrangement; Transpiration)

Day 3
1 pm - 3 pm: 2 PDHs
Plant Structure (Continued)
1 pm - 2 pm: Flowers and Fruits (Structure; Inflorescences); Pollination strategies; Fertilization
2 pm - 3 pm: Plant Growth and Development (How Plants Grow: Cells, Tissues and Organs; Primary and secondary growth; Meristems and cell differentiation; Plant hormones and Tropisms)

Day 4
1 pm - 3 pm: 2 PDHs
Plant Reproduction and Physiology
1 pm - 3 pm: Plant Physiology (Photosynthesis; Respiration)
2 pm - 3 pm: Plant Reproduction (Sexual; Asexual)
Hockessin, DE
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Know basic plant parts: Roots, Stems, Leaves, Flowers and Fruit.
2. Understand the basic function of plant parts.
3. Understand the fundamentals of how plants grow.
Duncan Himmelman, PhD
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Mt. Cuba Center

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