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Keying with Natives: Taxonomy Basics (Part II) 
Friday, February 18, 2022 06:30pm
Contact Joe Cernac at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 292-5465

This the second of two classes that will cover the basic principles of Morphology, which is the study of the form, external structure and development of plants; and the basic principles of Taxonomy, which is the study of the general principles of scientific classifications.

These two classes will form a great crash course for beginners who are enthusiastic about learning how and why some plants are named. By knowing the basic morphological characteristics of plants, a plant’s name will become obvious. Once the plant has been identified, it can be placed within categories, a classification system that is part of plant Taxonomy.

Both classes will be taught by Dee Wong Himes. Dee is a CNPS SCV board member, Field Trip Chair, and former chapter Treasurer (2012-2014) and Field Chair (2014-2018). She is also an active “Weed Warrior” at Edgewood County Park and Preserve. She is now an Adjunct Instructor of horticulture at Foothill College, in their Environmental Horticulture and Design program, which she also graduated from with an A.S. in 2006. Dee is passionate about sharing her landscape and horticultural experiences and expertise in caring for California native gardens that includes sustainable gardening practices.

A copy of Plant Identification Terminology, An Illustrated Glossary, by James G. Harris and Melinda Woolf Harris, 2nd Edition, and/or a notepad is recommended but not required.

Participate on YouTube: or Zoom (registration required): 

The class will be recorded on YouTube.

Location Participate on YouTube: or Zoom (registration required): https://cnps-scv