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Dade Meeting: “Palm-spotting around Florida,” Scott Zona

Well-known tropical plant and palm expert Dr. Scott Zona will tell us about the wonder of palms in South Florida and beyond, and how to recognize our native palm species.

Scott Zona is Florida International University’s Conservatory & Greenhouse Curator. He 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, Bermuda, Pacific islands, Indonesia, Malaysia and Madagascar. His interests are in horticulture and the taxonomic diversity of tropical plants, especially palms, salvias and woody ornamentals. He has over 130 publications, both scientific and popular, on palms and other tropical plants. He is coauthor of the forthcoming revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms (Timber Press, 2012). Scott is co-editor of the International Palm Society’s quarterly journal, PALMS. He gardens in South Miami, where, ironically, his favorite palm, Jubaea chilensis, will not grow.

Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:30pm – 9:30pm Eastern Time
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156 (map)