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Seminar: “Evolution of Flowering Plants” with Mary Priestley

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Mary Priestley’s presentation will be a brief introduction to Plant Systematics: the study of relationships between plants. We will look at the development of flowering plants, basic flower structure, and comparison of flowers that exhibit “ancestral” characteristics with those with more “derived” characteristics. For those interested in looking further at this topic you may want to purchase or borrow a copy of the book “Botany in a Day” by Thomas J. Elpel.
This is an abbreviated version of the in-depth class Priestly teaches for the Certificate in Native Plants program, which is designed to benefit home gardeners and landscape professionals alike. (For more info about the Certificate in Native Plants program—a partnership among the Tennessee Native Plant Society, Wild Ones Tennessee Valley Chapter, and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, see:
Mary Priestley is a Sewanee Herbarium Associate, and the editor and illustrator of the Friends of the Herbarium newsletter, The Sewanee Plant Press. She is the author of “Sewanee Wildflowers in Color,” “William’s Wildflowers” children’s guide to wildflowers, “What if Trees Could Walk?: a Sewanee Tree Book,” and “Fiery Gizzard, Voices from the Wilderness.
A member of the Tennessee Native Plant Society, she has served as their president and assisted in writing and editing the TNPS field guide, “Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.”
Mary also edited “Under the Sun at Sewanee, third edition.” She has been natural journaling for 15 years and has conducted several nature journaling workshops, including for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.
Seminars are held via Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Central Time (7:30 p.m. Eastern Time) and last about one hour. All members and potential members are welcome to join the meeting. The link to join this seminar is:


January 16
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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