The Hampstead Garden Club will host an entertaining lecture on botanical names in the plant world on Wednesday, October 18th, at 7:00 PM at the Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead, NH).
Latin (botanical) names for plants are necessary, because common names for plants often vary in different regions. One plant may live under several different common names. Or a single common name may refer to several plants that don't look anything alike (example: bluebells). Assigning each plant a unique Latin name -- say, Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) -- means it won't get mixed up with something else.
Our featured speaker, Dr. Judith Sumner, is a noted botanist, author and lecturer specializing in ethnobotany, herbs, flowering plants, pollination, and plant adaptations. A well-respected and engaging speaker, Judith lectures widely at botanical gardens, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods.
The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served, so please join us for this very special presentation.