Are you curious (even frustrated) about changes to the scientific names of plants? Tony Reznicek will discuss how the name changes illuminate how plants evolved and how they are related. He’ll talk about interesting breakthroughs allowing us to use the genes of plants for classifying them, and the basic principles of classifying and naming plants. This will be illustrated by varied examples of classic and unusual rock garden plants, and their re-classification.

Tony is a past president of NARGS and a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. His research interests include the classification and evolution of sedges, and the geographic distribution of plants of the Great Lakes region. He contributes many plant photos to the NARGS website, and travels extensively to study plants from Alaska to Chile. He gardens in Ann Arbor Michigan.  For non-members, this talk is $10.