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March

Science, Botany, Creativity and Suffragettes!

3rd March, 19:00 - 20:00
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Science, Botany, Creativity and Suffragettes!

Woman botanists and how the feminist message used plants and stitching to help their cause A talk and visual investigation - One of our month long programme of events to celebrate International Women's Day Focusing on a few female botanists, Zoë will be exploring through artistry and vision, the connecting plant power in protest through direct message and re-useable textile banners and stitch Zoë teaches textiles and natural dyes at Morley College which has historical links to the SLBI and…

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Exploring the botanical wonders of the Overberg Renosterveld

8th March, 19:00 - 20:00
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Exploring the botanical wonders of the Overberg Renosterveld

A Critically Endangered vegetation type in South Africa and what conservation models are in place to protect them Online presentation froOnline presentation from Cape Town, to mark International Women's Day and one of our month long programme of events to celebrating this day.In the spring 2020 a unique opportunity arose to join the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (ORCT) to conduct botanical surveys across the region. Only 5% of this Critically Endangered vegetation type remains, mostly on the land of farmers…

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‘Bees’ needs: is planting for pollinators enough?’

18th March, 19:00 - 20:00
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‘Bees’ needs: is planting for pollinators enough?’

Are we planting the right species for perfect pollination Bees and Species – Planting schemes and successful pollination The UK has over Bees and Species - Planting schemes and successful pollination One of our month long programme of events to celebrate International Women's Day The UK has over 250 bee species, and insects from many other groups are also important pollinators, yet the discussions around their needs are often dominated by honeybees and bumblebees. Bee-friendly schemes are seeing new meadows,…

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Women in Botany

24th March, 19:00 - 20:00
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Women in Botany

The remarkable history behind women plant namers and how times are changing Hidden stories and updates of women botanists past and present Hidden stories and updates of women botanists past and present One of our month long programme of events to celebrate International Women's Day Heather Lindon worked on the International Plant Names Index at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for 8 years. During that time she and her colleagues realized they could use the extensive plant name author index to…

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April

The Origins and Evolution of Plants

7th April, 18:30 - 20:00
£10.00 - £60.00
The Origins and Evolution of Plants

A series of 10 weekly Wednesday evening talks to help answer the question we all want the answer to! This is a group of 10 Wednesday evening sessions where Mark Spencer will have answers to the fascinating question 'Where did the plants in my garden come from and why do they look this way?’ Mark is one of our regular tutors, and is someone that everyone enjoys learning from, his knowledge is extensive and his manner extremely approachable and easy…

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Field Botany Skills: Introduction to Plant Morphology

11th April, 10:00 - 16:00
£40.00 - £70.00
Field Botany Skills: Introduction to Plant Morphology

Identification techniques and plant anatomy - an online workshop Getting to grips with hands-on flower and grasses identification and botanical terminology One of two Field Botany skills workshops: Using Plant Identification keys follows on next Sunday 18th April. When trying to identify plants using keys, are you confused by botanical terms and can’t quite understand what terms like ligule, phyllary or stipule mean? Worse still, you can’t even find them on your specimen! You will use hand lenses to examine…

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Field Botany Skills: Using Plant Identification Keys

18th April, 10:00 - 16:00
£40.00
Field Botany Skills: Using Plant Identification Keys

How to use the essential tools of plant keys and hand lenses to help identify plants - an online workshop Plant keys - taking away the fear and mystery Picture guides are really useful, when identifying wild plants, however, to get the most out of botanising, learning how to use keys is an essential tool. This course will take the fear out of ‘keying out’. You will be introduced to a range of different keys and their strengths and weaknesses…

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May

Field Botany Skills: Identifying Wild Plants # 1 (6 in series)

30th May, 10:00 - 16:00
£40.00 - £220.00
Field Botany Skills:  Identifying Wild Plants # 1 (6 in series)

Six Sessions over 5 months learning about wild plant familiesThis will be run online should we not be able to meet in person.Session 1: Carrot, Cabbage and Rose FamiliesOne of six sessions, each of which will focus on 3-4 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. This session will be on the cabbage, carrot and…

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June

Field Botany Skills: Identifying Wild Plants # 2 (6 in series)

20th June, 10:00 - 16:00
£40.00
Field Botany Skills:  Identifying Wild Plants # 2 (6 in series)

Six Sessions over 5 months learning about wild plant familiesThis will be run online should we not be able to meet in person.Session 2: Lily, Rush, Grass and Sedge FamiliesOne of six sessions, each of which will focus on 3-4 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. This session will be on the lily, rush,…

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July

Field Botany Skills: Identifying Wild Plants # 3 (6 in series)

11th July, 10:00 - 16:00
£40.00
Field Botany Skills:  Identifying Wild Plants # 3 (6 in series)

Six Sessions over 5 months learning about wild plant familiesThis will be run online should we not be able to meet in person.Session 3: Pea, Mint and Figwort FamiliesOne of six sessions, each of which will focus on 3-4 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. This session will be on the pea, mint and…

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