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Botany for Gardeners Week 1 – The Key Events in the Evolution of Plants

2nd March, 18:30 - 20:00

Botany for Gardeners Week 1 – The Key Events in the Evolution of Plants

Plant-life on our planet

Week 1: The key events in the evolution of plants.

An exploration of the evolution of our planet’s plant-life. The ability to use sunlight energy, photosynthesis, changed our atmosphere and the life on earth forever. Similarly, the movement of plant-life on to land and the innovations like stems, seeds and flowers shaped our world.

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. 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.

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.

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 to get maximum learning.

Tickets: £10 members/£12 non-members (whole series tickets can be booked on our website separately)

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The South London Botanical Institute