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Plant Identification / Taxonomy (Calvert)
Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 9:30 AM – Thu, Jul 27, 2017, 12:30 PM EDT
THIS CLASS HAS THREE SESSIONS
- The FIRST class is on Thursday, July 13 (9:30-12:30pm)
- The SECOND class is on Thursday, July 20 (9:30-12:30pm)
- The THIRD class in on Thursday, July 27 (9:30-12:30pm)
BY REGISTERING FOR THIS CLASS, YOU ARE COMMITTING TO ATTENDING JULY 13, 20, AND 27
This Plant Identification/Taxonomy and keying course is a very important basic tool for Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, in that you will learn all of the basics needed to identify native woody plants in the landscape. Being able to identify plants is the first step in knowing how to diagnose problems or give growing advice.
The class includes nine hours of class work with lots of hands-on practice and a field walk. You will also receive a booklet of course materials. This class will cover the topics of
• Morphology: the study of the structure of external plant organs (e.g., leaf shapes)
• Nomenclature: the systematic naming and classification of plants
• Taxonomy: the general principles of classification
• Keying: using a dichotomous key to identify plants by specific characteristics
This short course is intended to suit everyone's needs--whether you want to learn 200 plants, 20 plants, or just want to learn techniques to identify plants in the field.
Peterson Field Guides: Trees and Shrubs (1972) by George A. Petrides
Registrants can add an order for this book to their registration form. This book costs $16.00 if purchased through the Master Gardener State Office. Purchased books will be supplied on the first day of class.
Alternatively, you may choose to purchase this book on Amazon.com or some other retailer.
Continuing Education Credits
This class will count as 9 hours of UME MG or UME MN continuing education and also towards the Advanced Training: Woody Plants Certificate.
Plant Identification/Taxonomy is the prerequisite for the 200 Common Landscape Plants of Maryland classes. These classes include Shade Trees, Ornamental Trees and Vines, Flowering Shrubs, and Evergreen Trees and Shrubs.
No refunds will be awarded after July 13th.
Remember to Bring
Lunch (light refreshments will be provided)
MG or MN name badge
Hand lens (if you have one)
For July 27: Hat, sunscreen and insect repellant
Wanda MacLachlan is a Senior Agent & Area Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources. She is also the Bay-Wise Program Coordinator and Master Naturalist Program Coordinator. Wanda works in the area of landscape management, focusing on residential environmental and water quality issues--working with urban, suburban and rural homeowners statewide. Her ultimate goal is to have citizens reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and pesticides they contribute to their local streams, rivers and eventually, the Chesapeake Bay.
Wanda has been with Extension since 1984, starting in Baltimore City as the urban agriculture agent. In 1992, during budget cuts, she was transferred to Montgomery County where she worked as the commercial horticulture agent. In 1995, she switched over to become the Bay-Wise Program Coordinator and in 2008 took on the added role of Master Naturalist Program Coordinator.