There were two Plant Families workshops in 2018, at Barony College in Dumfries and at Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen. There were about forty participants in the two Plant Families workshops and they gave very enthusiastic evaluations about the amount they had learnt, the fun they had and how they felt the information was pitched at just the right level. Most of the participants were young adults working, studying or volunteering in plant-related fields (no pun intended!). There were two field meetings as well: at St Cyrus and in Perthshire.We also held two Grasses workshops, one in Edinburgh at Holyrood Education Centre (overlooked by Arthur's Seat) and the other outside Glasgow at Mugdock Park. The participants on all these workshops receive a free copy of the appropriate booklet – the Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families, or Start to Identify Grasses.
In 2019 there is one Plant Families day at Braemar on 15 June. There are two on Grasses – one in Dumfires & Galloway on 16 June and one at Stirling University Campus on 6 July. The new Sedges & Rushes workshop is at Mugdock Park, Glasgow on 20 July. For further details and booking info: , or go to bsbi.org/scotland.
If you would like a workshop arranged for your area, get in touch with me, Faith, and I will see what I can do, as the format and materials are available to any member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland who wants to lead a workshop.
Workshop images courtesy of Peter Dahl
Posters designed by Angela Fendley
How many of the wild flowers illustrated on this website can you identify? Can you name any of the families they belong to? Perhaps if you attended one of the workshops, or studied one of the books, you could make a start . . .