|See this 1567 plant identification book in person during Brinsley's talk.|
Additionally, we will also look at some intriguing aspects of plant naming such as:
- Why in the USA there are more plants named for the Devil than for Saints and in Europe more plants are named for Saints than the Devil.
- Why hemlock is a forest tree in the USA and the official state poison of ancient Greece.
- Why the Irish cannot agree which plant is the true shamrock.
- Why Caltha palustris has over 240 different common names.
- Why the Jerusalem Artichoke is a Sunflower and has nothing to do with Jerusalem.
- Why Botanical Latin is a new language, not just a revival of what the Romans spoke.
- Why Shakespeare wrote about many plants but never used the word "petal."
This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Garden Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church on the corners of 3rd and Adams. 6:00 pm is our business meeting, with the presentation at 7:00.