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