Those new to gardening often wonder why they need to bother with scientific names, which seem so confusing. When one speaks to experienced gardeners they talk about hellebores instead of Christmas roses or thujas instead of arborvitae. Why do they do this? In this presentation with Dr. Susan Petro you'll learn the history of the scientific naming of living things, why it was necessary, and how it is done.
Dr. Susan Petro received her DVM from Cornell, and was in small animal practice for a number of years. She has been teaching biology at Ramapo since 1994, receiving certificates in Field Botany and Plant Systematics from NYBG. She is in charge of caring for the demonstration plants in the college's greenhouse.