The Maryland Native Plant Society


    • 09/19/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Germany State Park, Lake House

    Topic: Latin Lovers Make Better Gardeners 

    Speaker: Suzanne Hill, Frederick County Master Gardener and Master Naturalist intern

    Botanical names contain valuable information about plant origin, growth habit, flower or leaf form, color, historical use, etc. Today few people speak Latin or classical Greek, so there is no need to fear pronouncing them incorrectly. Learning just a few new terms like decapetalous (10 petals) or umbellata (flower arrangement term using same Latin root as English umbrella) will get you started. You already know a lot of them! Botanical Latin can be fun, even humorous, and is a great aid in plant identification.

    The public is welcome to attend this free program which will start promptly at 10:00 am. 

    Directions: From I-68 take exit 22 and follow signs for New Germany State Park. Turn left into the park onto McAndrews Hill Road. The program will be held in the Lake House.

Irvine Nature Center

Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE., is a botanical garden that inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants. The center offers a number of continuing education classes throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about wetlands, check out the courses offered by Environmental Concern, Inc.

The USDA Graduate School has a Natural History Field Studies Program, which includes courses in plant identification and forest ecosystems. Some of our MNPS members are or have been instructors in this program.

The University of Maryland Extension sponsors the Maryland Naturalist Program. Sessions are held in different areas of the State. Check the website,, for program details.

The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) of Columbia University has online classes for its Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. For more information, see

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