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Botany for Gardeners 5 – Structural Diversity: Is it a leaf, or not?

Wednesday, 4th May 2022, 18:30 - 20:00

Botany for Gardeners 5  – Structural Diversity:  Is it a leaf, or not?

What plants structures can do

Week 5: Structural diversity: not all ‘leaves’ are leaves, why is that?


Everyone knows what a leaf is, don’t they? You’ll be surprised to discover that many ‘leaves’ are stems, stipules or even roots. Some organs, especially stipules, can take on a multitude of forms that reflect the plant’s needs.


Understanding how plants work will help you become a better gardener! In this 10-part series of online talks, Dr Mark Spencer will cover everything from the evolution of plants to the importance of wild plants in sustaining future human life today.

Dr Mark Spencer is an experienced and internationally respected botanist. His expertise covers many disciplines including forensic botany, the plants of North-west Europe, invasive species and the history of botanical science. He also works globally as a seasoned writer, public speaker and television presenter.

Topics include plants’ love affair with fungi and bacteria, biogeography, centres of floral diversity, structural plant forms, adaptation, reproduction, plant breeding and invasive species in our cities.

Mark Spencer’s huge plant knowledge and dynamic teaching style should ensure that this is another of his SLBI series not to be missed, whether you’re new to gardening, an experienced gardener or just interested in learning more about plants.

Sessions can be booked individually but we’d recommend booking the whole series prior to 2nd March to get maximum learning.

Tickets: £10 members/£12 non-members

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