General Class SyllabUS 

​IN ADDITION TO THE SPECIFIC TOPIC(s), THE CLASS ALSO MAY INCLUDE

  • Identification (including local flora, both weeds and species with ornamental potential)

  • Taxonomy (emphasizing important plant families -- useful, but ignored and unknown by most gardeners)

  • Basic Botany (physiology, morphology, anatomy, reproductive strategies)

  • Reading the Landscape, Site Assessment and Planning

  • Design

  • Choosing Plants (edibles and ornamentals, woody and herbaceous, wildlife attraction)

  • Management Practices (bed prep, amendments, weeding, pruning, etc.)

  • Composting and Mulching

  • Dealing with and Preventing Problems (especially siting, “mature size,” invasive species, diseases, disorders, etc.)

  • Hardscape (borders, fencing, support structures, etc.)

  • Resources (plants, materials, services)

The class will be tailored to the needs and wants of the participants

RANTINGS OF A MAD BOTANIST is the intended class textbook, but is not required