Clemson University

South Carolina Native Plant Certificate Core Class: Basic Botany (Charleston)

In this introductory botany course develop a foundation of knowledge and a working vocabulary for all other courses in the Certificate of Native Plants. Through classroom lectures and fun hands-on activities explore the basics of plants — their classification, structure, functions, lifecycles, and reproductive strategies. Instructor: Jean Everett.  Basic botany is required for all other courses.

The goal of the  South Carolina Native Plant Certificate program is to explore and understand South Carolina's rich botanical heritage. Through hands-on field-based classes, students learn about native plants and their vast diversity, plant communities and the habitats that define South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Participants also learn about the significant benefits of native plants in ensuring biodiversity, and improving soil, water, and air quality, as well as discover the importance of sustainable and appropriate development, become aware of conservation issues facing native plants and plant communities, and become educated environmental stewards. The Certificate is comprised of 7 core classes and 4 electives. Four of the core classes always take place at the South Carolina Botanical Garden using the Garden’s unique Natural Heritage Trail. These classes are: Tree Identification, Spring & Fall Herbaceous Plants and Natural Plant Communities.  Where possible, Basic Botany, Basic Horticulture and Sustainable Landscaping will be taught in the low country and midlands of the state. Fieldwork is a key component of the certificate and requires average physical health.

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

College of Charleston – specific location to be announced

Event Type

South Carolina Botanical Garden


SC Botanical Garden

Target Audience

General Public



$80 (10% discount SCNPS and Friends Members)

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Sue Watts

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