SP20 Botany Basics

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Tuesday April 21

9:30 AM  –  12:00 PM

Botany Basics

Instructor: Alexandra Holland

Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 21, 23, 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14; 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

$198 Member | $218 Non-member

Limit: 20 students

BRN | BREG Core Requirement


Plants have many amazing abilities including making their own food, pulling water hundreds of feet in the air against gravity, and tricking insects and other animals into helping them reproduce. They track the sun, recoil at a touch, and warn other plants of danger.  In this class we will explore all these phenomena and more as we look at the basics of plant structure, function, evolution, classification, and ecology. The class will be primarily lecture with some hands-on activities, short walks outside, and discussions of practical applications of botanical principles.

Alexandra Holland graduated from Duke University and earned her Master's degree in botany from the University of Texas at Austin.  She was in the first class of students to be certified as Blue Ridge Naturalists.  Alexandra managed the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae at UT Austin and spent many hours working with education programs at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  She has taught botany for over a decade and leads nature hikes in Western NC for groups of all ages.


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