Beltsville Garden Club February 27 Meeting
Janet Koles will enlighten us on "How Plants Get Their Names."
Koles notes that some plants have interesting
stories behind their names while others like
bluebells are easy to see why they are called
such. Other names provide a history lesson of
medical and/or everyday use of plants.
Koles is a self-employed gardener working in
over 30 private gardens. For 13 years she has
been a volunteer at Brookside Gardens. She
likes to say that she attended "Brookside Gardens University for my gardening degree!" She
has been interested in plants since she was a
teenager and her first paying job was weeding.
At the University of Maryland, she took a "living
off the land" class which inspired her to learn
more about identifying plants and determining
how their common names are chosen. Koles
also lectures on animal-named plants (It's a
Zoo Out There!), shade gardening and the five
senses of the plant world.
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