Teaching in Aberdeen

We believe an important step in slowing the biodiversity crisis and conserving the species diversity of our planet is through education. We aim to make plant courses accessible to everybody by making them affordable and bringing plant courses/events to you.

We currently offer several botanical courses:

Intensive 1-day Plant ID course (£35 pp)

This course has been perfected over several years and has been run in several botanical gardens in the UK. The morning is spent walking around the garden, park or nature reserve looking at plants. This is where participants are introduced to botanical concepts and the broad evolutionary groups. After lunch further walking is done or looking in closer detail at flowers, followed by using keys and identifying plants to family and/or genus with The Flowering Plants Handbook.

Upcoming courses in 2016: Aberdeen (21/5/16), Hertford (8/5/16) , London (7/5/16).

Past courses in 2015: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Durham and Manchester.

Past courses in 2014: Durham, Sheffield, Manchester, Aberdeen and 7 days in Canary Islands.

Tenerife Plant ID Course (£450 pp)               31/3 – 8/4/2016

This is a new course where participants will spend 9 days looking closely at flowers developing good plant identification skills in natural and urban environments and developing botanical photography skills on the Spanish island of Tenerife. The price includes accommodation for 9 nights in 3* hotels, all meals, transport and course materials. The price does not include flights, insurance or travel to/from the airport. The course is designed for students, biological professionals, gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Whatever your background you will learn more about plants in these 9 days then anywhere else in the world – guaranteed!

Two day ‘Engaging with Plants’ event (free)

We are running several free events to encourage people to look at plants more closely and help people understand and ultimately identify them. Plants are everywhere but their diversity and story is often overlooked or under appreciated. Over the two days we will explore the countryside, gardens, parks and markets looking at botanical curiosities, as well as, common everyday plants people encounter and use frequently. Due to logistics each event will be limited to 15 people and anybody interested should reserve a place by emailing Samantha (

Upcoming events: London (UK) in 16/17 July 2016 and Leiden (Netherlands) in 26/27 March and 16/17 April 2016.

Courses/events cater for both absolute botanical beginners to those more advanced and usually run from 10am to 5pm each day with an hour for lunch and possible coffee breaks.

We can run these courses/events anywhere in the UK and Europe so if you are a society, association or organisation and interested in having a tailor made course, please get in touch.

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  1. Could you please send me details of your courses in London or if you have any upcoming courses in the midlands, thanks

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