My Interest in Plant Identification

In this initial video, you will hear how I became interested in identifying plants — especially those plants found in fields, woods, and along waterways.

Watch and learn:

  • The “weeds” I knew first.
  • Which field guides I acquired and why.
  • How I discovered more plants through “plant walks.”
  • My growing interest in native, edible and medicinal plants.
  • And, of course, more interesting tidbits . . . .


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10 Responses to My Interest in Plant Identification

  1. Angelyn, this is a wonderful design and a great podcast (I’m from TAF)!

    I am very interested in foraging for wild foodstuffs, but never learned enough to have enough confidence to taste anything besides blackberries, Stag Horn Sumac and crab apples. I will certainly be watching your show with interest!!

  2. Angelyn…

    Your first podcast is so inspiring….so well-done, and very interesting and engaging. The pictures are beautiful, and together with your commentary, left me eager for more!

  3. Pam Hamilton says:

    Wow! I loved your first video, it has so many beautiful plants and pictures and your story is so compelling it really appealed to my own interest in plants as natural medicines and food.

    I’m looking forward to more, and learning to identify some of the plants growing wild on my own property.

  4. Angelyn, your podcast / video is beautiful.
    You speak clearly, with authority, and have a lovely speaking voice too.
    The content is compelling, and I look forward to future episodes.

  5. Robert Mendoza says:

    Your first podcast was beautifully executed. I became greatly interested in wild edible stuff (nature’s grown) just 3 weeks ago. I was so glad when I accidentally found your website, and I say to myself, this is what I need to develop my full confidence in plant identification. I will keep in touch .

  6. Wendy says:

    I love your podcast! I am a burgeoning botanist and have both studied botany and worked as a field biologist to study plants.
    I use your podcast as a refresher for plants I already know and study guide for those I don’t. Thank you for putting the time into this for everyone to enjoy!
    I wonder if you had thought about reviewing the plant family characteristics for each plant you identify. I think it would be such a useful guide to learn the various families. I can see it being very useful to receive the repetition for more common families and the novelty of the less common ones, too.

    Thanks again!

  7. Linda Langlois says:

    Thanks! I’m inspired!

  8. RM Weldon says:

    I have been intriged with plant identification since I was a child. My dream was always to find a Native American teacher to take me on medicine walks and instruct me on the identification, best time to gather, how to prepare and use plants for natural healing. Lifr however took me upon another course. That course has now reinspired that original dream. After watching your introductory video, i am looking forward to learning more.

  9. Joyce says:

    Angelyn, Someone had posted about identifying the dandelion, as opposed to the cat tail. The best comparison I have seen. (i’m a newbie but have been studying profusely about veggie gardening and using our native plants. I’ve just watched your first video and am going to go through all in the order you have posted them. (not in one day though. lol) Thank you for doing this. 🙂

  10. Marcia says:

    Thank you so much for making these videos. I have been trying to identify and propogate native plants that are growing in my yard. The Native Plant Trust Go Botany site has been useful, but because I am new to this, your detailed explanations are very helpful in identifying plants before they flower. I am looking forward to more videos.

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