Plant identification can be challenging, often leading to a lifetime of learning for true mastery of the botanical skills needed to pinpoint one down to a specific species.
Many of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners are experts in plant identification, often from many years of hands-on experience. However, many folks enter the program with basic skills, relying on the information presented in the training course to hone their identification abilities.
When our 2020 training course abruptly went remote last spring, many aspects of our class had to be re-envisioned. Just last week, we finally had the opportunity to hold a rescheduled Plant Identification Workshop in the Idea Garden at the University of Illinois Arboretum. Many of our Master Gardeners participated in this event to help interns learn the plants of the Idea Garden as well as other aspects of what we do in this wonderful space.
Over the years, Champaign County Master