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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

The Name Game for New Players

Wilmien Brascamp

pp: 99-103

Knowledge of plants, their names, botanical features, and growing conditions, can be taught in an holistic manner that combines the positive aspects of "training on the job" with the advantages offered by the learning environment of a tertiary institution. Such education can contribute in a wider sense to the future of the horticultural industry by adopting a teaching approach that encourages creative thinking. Ways in which courses in plant knowledge and plant naming can cater to individuals with various learning styles, and the process by which they can incorporate tasks that enhance creative thinking abilities of students, are described using as an example a course entitled "Plants in the Landscape", developed at Massey University, New Zealand.

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