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Plant Taxonomy Certificate in Native Plants

March 15

Sabrina Sewell, botanist

$105 General Admission



Taxonomy is the fundamental branch of science that names and classifies all elements of the world around us, including living things. A plant taxonomist specializes in determining groupings, relationships and ultimately, the names and identities of plants. This process utilizes pertinent data such as phylogenetics, phytogeography and phenology, but most essentially, plant morphology: the forms of plant parts. In this multi-session virtual course, students will focus on these diverse morphological characteristics of plants (descriptors of leaves, flowers, roots, etc.) and their utility in investigating unknown plants. Students will also survey the history, principles and practices of plant taxonomy as a discipline and be guided through the process of plant identification via dichotomous keys. It is recommended, but not necessary, that students take Basic Botany before this class.


Course Learning Objectives & Outline (topics covered will include):

  • History of plant taxonomy
  • Botanical nomenclature
  • Tools, resources, and practices
  • Plant morphology and terminology
  • Characteristics of selected plant families
  • Use of dichotomous keys


Course Structure:

This class consists of four elements: a series of pre-recorded introductory videos; at-home exercises exploring plant anatomy, collecting and dichotomous keys; an in-person lab session or virtual lab session and a wrap-up discussion session through Zoom.

  • Part 1 – Introductory Video Lectures – content released Mar. 15
  • Part 2 – At-Home Exercises – content released Mar. 15
  • Part 3 – Plant ID Lab – choice of in-person session Apr. 13; 10a.m. – 12p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. OR virtual session Apr. 15; 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Part 4 – Online Discussion Session – through Zoom Apr. 16; 6 – 7 p.m.


Virtual Lecture – Zoom
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Athens, GA 30605 United States + Google Map


Botanical Garden Education Department: Adult Programs