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Homework in action: botanical drawings

by Amanda Cain

Editor’s note: Throughout the school year, students utilize field guides and their growing botanical knowledge to identify the plant life that surrounds them. These sketches are taken from Amanda’s spring 2024 botany homework assignment.

Botanical sketch of coltsfoot


Botanical sketch of hairy bittercress


Botanical sketch of spicebush


Botanical sketch of ramps


Botanical sketch of prickly ash


Amanda Cain is a clinical herbalist and fiber artist. She is a second-year student at ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism. You can connect with her at and @verdant_path on Instagram.


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