Flowers: An Origin Story

Plants have been on land for nearly 500 million years. But for most of that time, until about 140 million years ago, there were no flowers… None at all!


In this class we will go back into the evolutionary history of plants and the origins of botanical study to learn some of the fundamentals for understanding why plants are the way they are, how they are related to each other, what they are capable of, and how their relationships to the rest of life on Earth has changed over time. You will learn all the parts of flowers and how we talk about them botanically. We will tackle the great mystery: what was the ancestor of all flowering plants!


We’ll also discuss all the needs a flower serves. This level of understanding is important for herbalists since we so often discuss the medicinal properties common to Plant Families, and this course will help with understanding how plant families are recognized by common characteristics. 


Come learn how the magic of flowers came to be (and wow your friends on your next hike!). 


2021 Dates: Thursday, October 14

Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: ONLINE via ZOOM. The meeting code will be emailed to you before the class

In order to participate in the course at this time you will need to be able to access a computer with internet.

Cost: $36


Interesting Reading: Botany In A Day, Thomas Elpel;  The Naming of Names, Anna Pavord


Refund policy: Full refund for tuition (minus $15 admin fee) up to 1 week before start of class. Less than 7 days before the start of class 50% of tuition can be refunded. No refunds are possible less than 24 hours before the start of class or after the class has begun.

Flowers: An Origin Story