Botany for Herbalists

Botany, or the study of plant biology, is one of the oldest branches of science. Originated by herbalists in medieval times, botany was developed to help share specific information about medicinal and poisonous species of plants. We can think of botany as a form of communication, and knowing the language of plant taxonomy can aid us in learning about plant medicines.
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In order to work with herbs safely and effectively, we need to be sure that we have identified our plants correctly. A basic understanding of plant science can help us to be more accurate identifiers. Knowing some simple botany can also help us to distinguish our Eupatorium perfoliatum from our Eupatorium purpureum – that is, to know our boneset from our gravel root.
So if all this Latin plant nomenclature sounds like Greek to you, we have got you covered! Join us for this introduction to plant biology, in an herbalist- and naturalist-friendly format.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm
25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline

The fee for this class is $25.

Register for class by filling out our contact form, emailing us at, or calling 617-750-5274.

This class took place in the past. Interested in a re-run? Let us know!


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