Plant ID course

Date(s) - 21/09/2015 - 25/09/2015
All Day

Adelaide Botanic Garden and University of Adelaide


Plant ID Course

To the untrained eye, the detailed way plants are named and classified can be a Latin-soaked headache! Thankfully September’s compelling Plant ID Course is here to help guide you through the mire.

Ever since people discovered which plants were safe to eat and which were not, there has been plant identification. Knowledge of plants and identifying those important for health and well-being have been crucial to many cultures around the globe. These cultures evolved in many different environments, however, resulting in a wealth of different ways to classify plants and give them a name.

In more (relatively) recent times, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist, Carl Linneaus (1707-1778) laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of binomial nomenclature, and his system has been adopted by the world’s leading taxonomic botanists.

During our Plant ID course – presented at Adelaide Botanic Garden and The University of Adelaide – you’ll gain a deeper understanding of this poetic language of botanical Latin, and be enlightened to the many layers of plant classification – from the greater plant orders to specific plant species. You’ll also learn how names are used in the present horticultural world, what cultivars are, and the diverse world of common names.

Spots for the week-long course – which includes a field trip to the spectacular Anstey Hill Recreation Park – are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

Download the Plant ID Course Flyer for more information.


Monday 21 to Friday 25 September 2015


9am to 5pm


Adelaide Botanic Garden and University of Adelaide

Course presenters

Dr John Conran, Deputy Head, School of Genetics and Evolution, The University of Adelaide

John Sandham, Collections Development Officer, Botanic Gardens of South Australia


$1499 per person (GST included)

$1350 for seniors, pensioners and students (GST included)

Book your place today.

Please be aware of our Cancellation Policy.