Introduction to California Plant Families

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020

- Friday, May 1, 2020

Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Instructor: Mary Carroll

Location: Arroyo Room & Garden Grounds

This class has been postponed. We will reschedule at a later date.

One of the best ways to identity California’s native flora is to learn the primary characteristics of some of the most common CA plant families. Botanical expert, Mary Carroll, will cover the Poppy, Rose, Pea, Evening-primrose, Buckwheat, Heather, Mint, Snapdragon, and Sunflower families. We'll start by reviewing commonly used plant terminology, followed by walking outdoors in the Garden, and conclude with an extensive indoor plant identification study. While this course covers some plant taxonomy, it is not a keying class.

Please bring: 10x hand lens


Mary Carroll holds a Master’s degree in Botany and is a former Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Director of Education. She conducts botanical surveys, performs habitat restoration throughout the state, leads botanical field trips, and teaches classes in botany and ecology. She enjoys opportunities to share her knowledge of the plant world with both novice and advanced students.

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