Class Description: Are you curious about the variety of palms displayed at Naples Botanical Garden? This lecture offers an intimate look at palms, the princes of the plant world! Back by popular demand, Dr. Scott Zona (Curator of the Conservatory at Florida International University) will introduce this diverse plant family and discuss palm geography, morphology, pollination and fruit dispersal, record-holders, and fascinating new discoveries in the palm world! A limited number of copies of Dr. Zona's book, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms, will be available from our Visitor Center. Dr. Zona will be available to sign books after the lecture.
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 7th, 5:00pm
Instructor Bio: Scott Zona of Miami, Florida is a botanist and horticulturist specializing in tropical plants from around the world. Scott’s early interest in the natural world, plants in particular, led quite naturally to a B.S. degree in Plant Science (Horticulture) from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Botany from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Botany from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the Claremont Graduate University. He has studied under some of the biggest names in botany and has explored for plants in the western Pacific, Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central American, and the USA. Scott has published over 100 scientific articles and scores of popular articles in national and international magazines and journals. He is co-author of the 2nd edition of The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms published by Timber Press. He currently is the co-editor of PALMS, the quarterly journal of the International Palm Society.