Build your understanding of botanical anatomy considering the structure and function of leaves, flowers and fruits and seeds, germination and flower fertilisation in this intermediate wildflower course.

With over 1600 species of wildflowers in Britain and Ireland, to make an accurate identification it is important to look at key morphological features.


Tutor: Dr Karen Van Oostrum

Karen has a love of plants and the environment, and enjoys sharing this with others, through courses and guided walks. A Biology graduate of Oxford University with a Ph. D. in wheat genetics, Karen was Head of Education at Cambridge University Botanic Garden from 2006 – 2012 and has worked with people of many ages from diverse backgrounds. Self-employed since 2013, Karen writes and delivers introductory courses in Botany, hosts school visits at her local Field Studies Council Centre, and supports the teaching of plant science in Primary Schools through INSET and pupil workshops. Karen volunteers with her local environment group in the Chilterns, leading guided walks and overseeing work parties.

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