Fundamentals of Botany
May 19 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday, May 19 and 26
Learn the core concepts of plant biology to help ground your appreciation for working with nature. We’ll cover the basic parts of a plant and how they work together to sustain the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, and water and mineral uptake. Starting with our online lecture, we’ll follow a flowering plant through its life cycle from germination and seedling establishment to flowering, fruiting, and seed dispersal, developing a better understanding of plant physiology. Our second session will use the Gardens as a lab where we’ll use hand lenses and microscopes to examine a variety of plants and their botanical characteristics.
Dr. Lois Berg Stack recently retired from her position as the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s ornamental horticulture specialist. In her role, she conducted applied research on plants that support native bees and honeybees, and on production of chokeberry as a nutraceutical crop. She also worked extensively with home gardeners on landscape topics such as management of invasive species and selection and management of Maine landscape plants.
First session meets online, second session at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The suggested reference for this course is Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon. This book is available for purchase online at the Gardenshop here.