The course introduces to the interesting world of smells as an underestimated and often unconscious stimulus in our life. Our life? Can plants smell? Many have been shown to be able. We will get to know and recognize the six most important groups of plant volatiles, that we will smell as pure chemicals, and then in the plants where these fragrances occur. This indoor lab exercise will prepare us for the second part, which is a plant walk to smell, evaluate and collect flowers and foliage. Finally we will demonstrate the presence and extraction of plant fragrances and mimic one by making a simple perfume.
We recommend students have an illustrated book about the wild life flora of the Pacific Northwest (recommended is Pojar and McKinnon “Plants of the Pacific Northwesrt Coast” and R Taylor “Northwest Weeds”) to bring it. Some handouts will be provided. You should also bring a hand lens, a simple folder or plant press to collect plant samples for later identification or preservation).
This course requires an additional $10 lab fee to be paid for supplies. This will be collected by the instructor on the course date.
Please note this course is both in the classroom and in the woods. Please wear or bring closed-toed shoes appropriate for walking in the woods.
Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.
Other Upcoming Botany at Bastyr Community Education Courses:
Plant Identification - June 13
Plant Signatures - July 20
Herbal Remedies - July 27
Plant Pigments & Dyes - August 3
Purchase all 5 courses by July 13th for $280 and save 20% off the public rate. Please note, if you register for the full package, the last day for a refund is June 28, 2019.
Continuing and Community Education Cancellation Policy
Instructor: Rainer Stahlberg, PhD
Rainer Stahlberg is a plant researcher. He received a PhD in plant biology in 1979 working on electrical signals in plants. Rainer taught botany in Germany (Humboldt University Berlin), Russia (st. Petersburg), and the United States (University of Washington and Bastyr University). He also taught Botany together with the legendary Arthur Kruckeberg to public audiences enrolling for weekend classes with the North Cascade Institute. Arthur introduced Rainer to the plants of the Pacific Northwest from 1998 to 2006. He also imparted his philosophy that science does not exist in a ivory tower or university and that it is the duty of its participants to report back to and serve the public. Rainer has taught botany to kids; major and non-major students and normal people and he I developed a hands-on approach that can be understood by anybody anywhere.