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Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: A Gardener's Guide to Botany

with Scott Zona, Ph.D., Botanist, co-editor, PALMS, the journal of the International Palm Society

The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST - followed by a light reception and book-signing in the Pegg Exhibit Hall!

Location: Hybrid - Virtual and In-person attendance options (see below for more information)

Free; $5 suggested fee; preregistration required

This program will be delivered in a hybrid format.


In-person option: Seats are available in the Reeves Auditorium. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats. 


Virtual option: We will stream the lecture live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.


It’s a jungle out there! Your beautiful, tranquil garden is a battlefield in which plants wage war against predators and struggle to outcompete one another for light, water, and nutrients. In this seminar (and in his new book by the same name), Dr. Scott Zona looks at how plants fulfill the five functions necessary for life: growth, nutrient acquisition, defense, reproduction, and dispersal. This is a fascinating look at how plants grow—not how to grow plants.




Registration open through 1/26/2023 11:50 AM

About the Speaker

Scott Zona holds a B.S. in horticulture and an M.S. in botany from the University of Florida. His Ph.D. in botany is from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Graduate University, California. He has explored for plants in Florida, California, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific islands, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea and Madagascar. His interests are in the diversity and natural history of tropical plants, especially palms, salvias and bryophytes, and has published over 160 articles on these topics.  Scott is co-editor of the International Palm Society’s quarterly journal, PALMS. He now gardens in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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Seats are available in the Reeves Auditorium. The program will also be streamed
live on Zoom webinar. A meeting link and password will be sent a few days before the program.


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