Saturday, August 13th
9:30am - 12:30am
As an experienced gardener, you know how to grow plants that thrive. Now you may have begun to wonder why plants do what they do, or why they need what they need, or how we learn about them. Is a sea vegetable really a vegetable? Is a tomato really a fruit? Are there ways to group plants so I can recognize them better? How did plants evolve? What were plants like at the time of the dinosaurs—and did plant changes contribute to their extinction? Why can I get some plants
to grow from cuttings but not others? What are all those Latin names for, and why are they constantly changing? How do people and plants interact—food, medicine, poison, science, pure joy?
This is one of two classes. They can be taken in either order. Good science, but we’ll keep it fun!
Joanne Whitney received a Ph.D. from Duke University and a Pharm.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. She has taught
Ecology, Evolution, Chemistry, Ethnobotany and Pharmacy concentrating on the medicinal uses of plants. She is an accredited American Orchid Society Judge and has been President of the San Francisco Orchid Society and Vice President of Flower Show, Inc. She is currently a docent at San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Al Luongo has a Certificate in Field Botany from the New York Botanical Garden. He maintained a rooftop garden in Manhattan for several years and now has a back yard in San Francisco planted with California natives. He has given classes in several places in the Bay Area on Botanical Latin and Northeastern U.S. plants. He manages adult docent training at San Francisco Botanical Garden.