Flowers: An Origin Story

Flowers: An Origin Story

The Origin Story of Flowers and Plant Families

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 base 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 of the ancestor of all flowering plants, and all the needs flower serve for their plants.


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 our understanding of how plant families are recognized by their common flowers.


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


Dates: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Time: 2pm - 6pm

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

Cost: $45


Interesting Reading:

Botany In A Day, Thomas Elpel

The Naming of Names, Anna Pavord


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


Refund policy: Full refund for tuition (minus $20 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.


    The Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine

    PO Box 15021  Portland, OR  97293

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