Every plant family is defined by a set of visible characteristics, which can be easily learned. Once you can train your eyes to recognize family traits, it will forever change the way you look at plants! You will more easily identify the plants you are interested in. Many plant families have representatives from both our gardens and native flora in the wild. Knowledge of plant families can help you to identify plants wherever you are, be it in a landscape, garden, or in the wild.
In this class, we will introduce some of the most common plant families and their key characteristics. Live plants and Herbarium specimens will be used to clearly illuminate these key traits. Tools for identification of different plants will be introduced. The latter part of the day will be spent on a plant walk, using our new skills to recognize plant families and identify plants.