Botany

seedlings

Selected Readings and Content

Plant ID Resources

Additional Resources


Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Core Competencies

At the end of these sessions you will be able to articulate and explain:

  • The binomial system (Genus species) of plant nomenclature
  • Meaning of the terms hybrid, open-pollinated, variety and cultivar
  • Plant parts (roots, stems, buds, leaves, flowers and fruits) and their functions
  • Be aware of how a plant is identified – ie. using a dichotomous key
  • Plant growth, development and differentiation
  • The processes of photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration in plants
  • Major environmental factors that influence plant growth, development and phenology (spacing, nutrients, light, day length, water, temperature)

Practical Skills Gained and Strengthened

  • How to identify a plant using various tools – dichotomous key, on-line search, reference books
  • How to provide the proper environmental conditions for optimal plant growth and production