"Palm-spotting around Florida" Scott Zona, Conservatory & Greenhouse Curator, Florida International University.
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.
has explored for plants in Florida, California, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Pacific islands, Indonesia, Malaysia and Madagascar.
interests are in horticulture and the taxonomic diversity of tropical plants, especially palms, salvias and woody ornamentals.
has over 130 publications, both scientific and popular, on palms and other tropical plants.
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.
gardens in South Miami, where, ironically, his
favorite palm, Jubaea chilensis, will not grow.