Learning from observing plants in their natural habitats
These tours have been organised specifically to back up the lectures at The Plant School and students from the courses will get preferential places.
Throughout the tours the students are accompanied by expert horticulturists or botanists. Students study the natural habitats of plants in temperate climates and develop an understanding of the conditions the plants have evolved in. This leads to a better insight into growing plants in their own gardens.
In January 2014 Elsa Pooley, one of our top botanists, ably assisted by Rosemary took a keen group of Plant School students round the Drakensberg and Lesotho region of South Africa. Over 400 plant species were seen and recorded. It was voted the best tour yet. Students also returned to Rome and the surrounding region in April 2014. In April 2015 the Plant School tours completed a very successful tour to Crete. See ‘ ‘News’ for a detailed description of this tour.
There was an extremely successful tour to Crete in 2016 with a further return tour completed in April 2017. Students have just completed a wonderful tour of Crete at the end of of March this year and the first study days to Florence (Thursday 26th April to Sunday 29th April) were a great success. The Plant School Drakensberg Tour will take place at the end of January 2019