Botany for Gardeners

It’s easy to look at our gardens and see the neat, ordered (or sometimes chaotic) assortment of plants that we’ve chosen to cultivate for food or beauty - and it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day cycles of planting, maintenance, and harvest. But it is very helpful to occasionally step back, look at the whole picture and begin to understand the inner workings of how each plant fits (or sometimes doesn’t) into the system. 

The plants we are growing are complex, interconnected organisms that grow and exist for reasons all their own. Understanding how these plants fit into the greater context of plant families and ecologies, and having a grasp of their inner workings can help us to understand why they do what they do and how we may guide them for the best results. 

In this introduction to botany, through a gardeners lens, we explore their inner workings, cycles of growth and reproduction, and delve into the primary plant families of the vegetable garden. This class will be part classroom, part field-walk. Bring notebooks and dress for the weather and walking.

About the Instructor:

This course is being led by Jonathan Darby. Jonathan is the owner/operator of the Wallicks Farm Project, Riverbend Foraging, and co-owner of Riverbend Comics. Jonathan is a farmer, wild foods enthusiast, and educator. He is a certified permaculture designer and teacher and serves on the Board of Directors for the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education.

Health and Safety

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*The Horn Farm Center is offering on-site educational programming with some modifications due to COVID-19. Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available. We will adjust as needed as time passes and things change. In order to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, the Horn Farm Center is following current CDC Guidelines. Please contact us at for questions or concerns.

*Parking is along the field above the farmhouse.

*All programs are subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email and phone call if there are any program changes or cancellations. Thank you for supporting regenerative farming and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center.

May 20th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
4945 Horn Rd
York, PA 17406
United States
Phone: (717) 757-6441
Event Fee(s)
Class Fee $35.00