Botanical Latin becomes less intimidating once you understand the history and rationale for botanical plant names. Join Jennifer Bakshi for a brief history of botanical terminology from the time of the Roman empire through the development of binomial nomenclature by Carl Linnaeus. Jennifer will provide clarification on the meanings of botanical terms, genus, species and family, how the names are formed and the conventions for writing them. You’ll also learn the correct pronunciation of Latin plant names and explore the hidden meanings of favorite plant names that every gardener should know.
Jenn Bakshi is a designer, manager and teacher. She has built a thriving landscape design business and teaches botanical Latin and botanical history at the New York Botanical Garden. Students appreciate her infectious enthusiasm and are put at ease by her method of breaking down complex ideas into logically simple components. She has lectured for garden clubs and the American Horticultural Society. She recently participated in a podcast on botanical Latin for Joe Gardener, host and producer of the PBS show, Growing a Greener World. Jennifer holds an MBA from Rutgers University, a BA from Beloit College and Certification in Landscape Design and Horticulture from New York Botanical Garden.
Advance registration is required.