Suggested resources for self-education?

queuetue(5a)May 31, 2008

My wife and I have both become very interested in botany from a book, Botany for Gardeners (ISBN 978-0-88192-655-2). We're both just marveling at the simultaneous diversity and similar nature of how plants have adapted and evolved.

Can you recommend any resources, especially books or sites that "take apart" plants and identify the adapted individual parts of plant species, at different stages of maturity? This is purely an individual academic pursuit, but it's nevertheless amazing to discover just how and why these plants we've seen and recognized for our entire lives have adapted they way they have.

Here is a link that might be useful: Botany for Gardeners (

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It's almost as if it's by intelligent design ...

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 10:13PM
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Not really.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 10:33AM
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panamaplants(Central America)

You and your wife are in the same boat I was in just a few years ago when I moved to a new area and knew nothing about the plants here. As a result, I put together some material for my own use, shared them with others, and have had requests to put those resources up on the web. I hope you might find the site suggested below of some use.

Here is a link that might be useful: Learn Plants Now

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 8:54PM
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I'd suggest a book titled Hortus Third. I've had this book for 32 years. It doesn't have any frills, just black and white drawings of the plant parts for most of the plant families. It looks like a big dictionary (and it is, of plants) and if you aren't serious about plants you won't use it. When you look up a begonia it'll tell you why it's a begonia and the differences between the species and cultivars. Anita

    Bookmark   August 2, 2008 at 9:43AM
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