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Botany for Gardeners: Index

The Botany for Gardens pages listed below provide a basic introduction to botany. This fundamental information should be useful for gardeners who want to understand more about the plants they grow everyday. This information also gives gardeners, without a botany background, an understanding of plant anatomy and complex plant processes that better equips them to provide care and conditions for healthy plants in their gardens.

Note: Botanical terms used on these pages are highlighted and, when clicked with the left mouse button, will be directed to KarensGardenTips.com Glossary for a definition of the term.


THE LEAF
   General Characteristics
   Modifications
   Texture
   Photosynthesis
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THE ROOT
   Characteristics and Functions
   Root Systems
   Tissues and their Functions
   Modifications
   Factors that Influence Root Growth
THE STEM
   Functions and Types
   Tissues and Their Functions
   Modifications
NOMENCLATURE
   A Case for Using Botanical Names
   Botanical Latin: Species Names
   The Difference Between a Plant Variety and Cultivar
   What is the Difference Between an Annual, Perennial, or Biennial?
REPRODUCTION
   Ten Interesting Facts about Conifer Cones
   Plant Hybrids for the Home Garden
TAXONOMY:
   Plant Classification-Divisions of the Plant Kingdom
   Classes of Flowering Plants: Monocots and Dicots
   DICOTS:
      Identifying the Laurel Family
      Identifying the Magnolia Family
      Identifying the Mallow Family
      Identifying the Mint Family
      Identifying the Mustard Family
      Identification of the Parsley Family
      Identification of the Pea Family Pea Family
      Identifying the Sunflower Family
      Identifying the Water Lily Family
   MONOCOTS:
      Identifying the Iris Family
      Identifying the Lily Family
   GYMNOSPERMS:
      Identifying the Pine Family
PLANT IDENTIFICATION
   Identification of Some Common Conifers by Silhouettes

Recommended Reading:

From Seed to Plant
Trees: Their Natural History
Oh Say Can You Seed?