Plant Hunters

Ref: C2224285

Find out about the men who forded rivers, faced dangers and sometimes died so that wondrous plants could be brought back to Britain from the four corners of the world. The course will include The Tradescants, Joseph Banks, David Douglas, The Lobb brothers, Ernest Wilson & Frank Kingdon-Ward.

Course aim

To introduce some of the British plant hunters from the 17th century onwards that helped to create the diversity of plants within our gardens today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Name a number of the great plant hunters
  • Describe the effect the plants had on the English garden
  • Assess the importance of Joseph Banks & Kew Botanic Gardens
  • Discuss what these plant hunters went through to achieve their goal of bringing us new plants

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Plant Hunters Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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