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Reflections about the Botanical Tour

Hannah's picture

The botanical tour that the people in the other class lead us on was very interesting. I liked learning about the plants in Morris Woods while actually being able to see them and touch them.  One of the things that our tour guides had us do was to smell the leaves of two similar looking plants. Smell is not a sense I would usually think to use when comparing plants but these plants had two clearly different smells so this ended up being the easiest way to tell them apart. This made me wonder what else I was missing by using mostly only my sight to interact with plants. In William’s book she talks about loving the land, but you cannot be intimate with the land if you are only using one of your senses to interact with it. I really liked that we used multiple senses to interact with the plants we were being shown during the tour.