From Houndstongue to Shepherd's Purse: Wildflower Names and Their Meanings
Explore the intriguing stories behind wildflower names, both common and scientific. Discover names that allude to physical features, resemblance to objects, habitats, past or present uses, honoured individuals, folklore, and much more. Whether native or introduced, valued or merely a "weed," wildflower names have many a story to tell. The majority of our time will be spent outdoors. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years. In this workshop, you will:
discover the various ways in which wildflowers get their nameslearn the intriguing stories behind many of these namesplay "detective" trying to solve some of these names on your ownview a selection of plant name dictionaries, some over 130 years old! At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a completed worksheet, as well as a list of books they can consult for future reference. Please come to this workshop wearing comfortable close-toed footwear. The hike will be easy/moderate in difficulty (paved or hard-packed trails with some incline).
Richard Aaron is interested in many facets of the natural world, with a particular fondness for plants, fungi, insects, and biomimicry. Over the years, he has done walks, workshops and lectures for over 90 organizations, ranging from naturalist clubs to universities, including a stint as a summer staff naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park. He has written articles for several leading nature magazines, and also co-founded two citizen science projects: one a multi-year survey of dragonflies & damselflies in Rouge National Urban Park, the other an ongoing study of moths in High Park. Richard places a premium on experiential learning whether it’s examining a flower through a hand lens, netting an insect (for later release), or making a mushroom spore print. He strongly encourages intellectual curiosity, while acknowledging that sometimes the best questions are those that lack clear-cut answers.Richard has been conducting adult workshops for the High Park Nature Centre since 2012. His website is at http://natureknowledge.weebly.com.
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