Learn to recognize individual plants like an old friend

Learning botany can tremendously deepen your relationship and understanding of the plants you work with.

By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the plants you work with regularly out of the corner of your eye, and even from a moving vehicle!

But even more importantly, you will develop a rich new understanding of your own personal relationship with plants, your practice of herbalism will deepen, and your connection to the earth will take on a whole new meaning.

Learn to Identify Plants Accurately

In this course, we'll work through three stages of learning to accurately identify plants.

  • Seeing Clearly

    First, we need to learn to really SEE the plants we're looking at, and to understand their anatomy (and physiology!)

  • Seeing Connections

    Next, we'll learn about plant families - which are just like human families! This is the way that we group similar plants so that it's easier to know what we're looking at.

  • Seeing Individuals

    Finally, we'll learn how to differentiate the individual plants in each family.

Get In Early!

We are building this course throughout the 2019 growing season, and you can build your knowledge while we do! This winter, the course will open to everyone, but you can sign up now for a special early-bird price of only $75! 

We expect the final price to be about $200, but if you'd like to join now, you'll get a huge discount. 

Each month, new material will be added so that you can work with new plants and plant families all through the 2019 growing season.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to Botany for Herbalists! (00:00)
    • Welcome to Botany for Herbalists!
    • How to use the Discussions feature
    • Learning to Identify Plants
  • 2
    Seeing Plants (64:54)
    • A sea of individuals
    • Seeing plants up close
    • Looking closely at Deadnettle
    • Looking closely at Starflower
    • Looking closely at Chamomile
  • 3
    Practical Plant Anatomy (92:20)
    • The parts of plants
    • Properties of Stems/Stalks
    • jim mcdonald on botanical terms
    • Properties of Flowers
    • Properties of Leaves
    • Putting the Parts together
  • 4
    Plant Physiology (19:22)
    • Plant Physiology
    • Plant Physiology (and what it can teach us about ourselves!)
  • 5
    Botanical Latin (27:32)
    • Understanding Scientific Names
    • Decoding Botanical Latin
    • Thoughts on Rosemary's name change
    • Glossary of Latin Names
  • 6
    Taxonomy and Plant Families (00:00)
    • Categorizations
  • 7
    Using Guidebooks (00:00)
    • All guidebooks are different
  • 8
    Mint Family: Lamiaceae (00:00)
    • Mint Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 9
    Rose Family: Rosaceae (00:00)
    • Rose Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 10
    Parsley Family: Apiaceae/Umbelliferae (00:00)
    • Parsley Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 11
    Daisy Family: Asteraceae/Compositae (00:00)
    • Daisy Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 12
    Mallow Family: Malvaceae (00:00)
    • Mallow Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 13
    Asparagus Family: Asparagaceae (00:00)
    • Asparagus Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 14
    Buttercup Family: Ranunculaceae (00:00)
    • Buttercup Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 15
    Mustard Family: Brassicaceae/Cruciferae (00:00)
    • Mustard Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 16
    Elder Family: Adoxaceae (00:00)
    • Elder Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 17
    Ginkgo Family: Ginkgoaceae (00:00)
    • Ginkgo Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 18
    Juniper/Cypress Family: Cupressaceae (00:00)
    • Juniper Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 19
    Pine Family: Pinaceae (00:00)
    • Pine Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 20
    St. Johnswort Family: Hypericaceae (00:00)
    • St. Johnswort Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 21
    Plantain Family: Plantaginaceae (00:00)
    • Plantain Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 22
    Violet Family: Violaceae (00:00)
    • Violet Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 23
    Vervain Family: Verbenaceae (00:00)
    • Vervain Family Characteristics and Plants
  • 24
    The Garlic Group: the Alliums of the Amaryllidaceae (00:00)
    • Garlic Group Characteristics and Plants
  • 25
    More Resources (00:00)
    • More Botanical Resources

Deepen your relationship

Learn botany and find a whole new way of relating to the plants you work with to stay healthy!

I want to learn botany!