Dr Noel Kingsbury

RHS: Classification & Function (1)

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The RHS has now updated their syllabus, so this course is no longer available. View the new RHS Level 2 online course.

This module will enable candidates to develop an understanding of the basis on which higher plants are classified and named, and to appreciate the role and function of morphological and anatomical features in higher plants.

The module will ensure that the fundamental physiological processes within the plant are understood including photosynthesis, respiration and water movement. Additionally students will understand the mechanisms of pollination, fertilisation, seed formation and subsequent germination.

Course outline

  • Plant Groups of Significance to Horticulture

    This lesson tackles what plants are and how they work. You will be introduced to: terminology and the naming of plants; distinctions between plant groups; and the life cycles of annual perennials.

  • Botanical and Horticultural Plant Names

    In this lesson you will learn about plant binomial names - what they are and why we have them. The lesson also examines cultivars and hybrids.

  • Stages in Plant Growth

    You will be guided through the life cycle of a plant - from germination to a plant’s juvenile phase, through its adult phase and into its senescence phase. The varying lifespans of ephemerals, biennials and annuals will also be covered.

  • Structure of Plant Cells and Functions of Plant Cell Components and Tissues

    Here you will learn some of the basic characteristics of plants, including the structure of the plant itself, and the structure of its individual cells. You will examine the different roots and tissues that plants present in order to understand how plants grow.

  • Structure and Functions of Leaves, Fruits and Seeds

    In this lesson you will begin by covering leaf characteristics and how each one impacts leaf function. You will then move on to look at the process of plant reproduction, including pollination and germination.

  • Photosynthesis, Respiration, Movement of Water and Minerals Through the Plant

    This lesson will tackle topics such as the rate of photosynthesis and the factors affecting this. You will then study respiration (including: aerobic and anaerobic; and the rate of respiration), before examining the process of osmosis.

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Meet Dr Noel Kingsbury

Dr Noel Kingsbury - Gardening

Kingsbury's garden writing is among the best you will find in the English language.

From the blog View from Federal Twist, James R. Golden
Dr Noel Kingsbury is an acclaimed garden designer, best-selling author of numerous books and long-time collaborator of the renowned designer Piet Oudolf. With a doctorate from the University of Sheffield he is a leading figure in naturalistic planting design and the New Perennial Movement.

Noel Kingsbury is an international garden designer and writer on gardening, plant sciences and related topics. He is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design in gardens and designed landscapes (e.g. the 1996 publication of 'The New Perennial Garden', pub. Frances Lincoln, London), and his 25 year collaboration with Dutch garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf on books on planting design. He writes sometimes for The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated magazine and The Garden - the membership magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society. He has worked with Prof. Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield on the first book in English on green roof and related 'green architecture' technologies. In collaboration with Tim Richardson Kingsbury has edited Vista, the Culture and Politics of Gardens and co-chairs events at the Garden Museum in London under the title 'Vista'. He has worked with several notable garden photographers, such as Marianne Majerus and Andrea Jones.

Kingsbury earned a doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2009, for a thesis on the Long term performance of ornamental herbaceous vegetation. He continues to research in this area.

Kingsbury has also written a history of plant breeding, Hybrid, The History and Science of Plant Breeding (2009).

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