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ashley13ashley13 Posts: 162

Hi i'm Ash, I work in a garden center and i learn to recognize various plants and know about them which i enjoy.   I also want to look at plant biology but i don't know where to start, i typed plant biology into google and i saw some videos on photo tropism and geo tropism which i thought were very interesting but that's as far as i got, do i need a list of things to follow to be able to research, where do i start?  I don't want to do a course.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,279

    How much biology did you do at school.?

    If you google "Botany for gardeners" there are a number of basic texts available.

  • mattsmatts Posts: 37

    Have you looked into any of the free MOOC (massively open online courses) courses.

    Here's two from that may be of interest.

    I have not taken these particular courses so I can't comment; i may if i have the time.

    They are free Tel Aviv University courses and start in August.

    I have no idea if they are what you are after but I'll throw them into the pot for you to look at. and may also have some ? You may want to check ?

    I will say that i have enjoyed every MOOC course I have taken and they are free unless you want accreditation. You have to pay for that.

  • mattsmatts Posts: 37

    Colorado State University Botany notes ?

    Not British but they may still be useful...

    BTW: really wants to start about thinking of using encryption; an https connection.

    I'm currently getting a warning of an insecure connection when I log-on and that warning will only get 'more visible' thanks to Google's and Mozilla's moves to make us all more secure online.

    Not sure where to post the above two sentences though.

    Last edited: 31 July 2017 01:40:19

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Matt; I wasn't sure where best you could post that - site feedback would be an idea. Anyway I have "reported" your post which alerts the moderators of the forum (aka gardeners world staff) and asked them to read your comments so hopefully that'll work image

    Ashley; I'm not having a great brain day today so forgive me if I do not make sense. What learning level are you at? GCSE? A level? University? If we know, in simplest of terms, what you're going to be capable of understanding, we can better point you in the right direction. I don't want to throw things at you that are either too simple or too advanced.

  • ashley13ashley13 Posts: 162

    I'm at GCSE level, although i have done A level music but i struggled with that.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    The BBC website might be a good place to start:

    Also: if you know anyone who is happy to trapse around any local charity shops now would be an ideal time to look for old school books that students have donated. :) (Or try your local library).

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,431

    The RHS website has a lot of information & of course a lot of their courses cover all of this. The main text which covers this & much more is Principles of Horticulture Level 2: by Adams, Early & 2 others. ISBN 978-0-415-85908-0.

    On GW last year Carol Klein did a section covering some basic Botany each week for several weeks you may be able to find these on line.

    AB Still learning

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