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Horticultural Taxonomy

  • Subject: Horticultural Taxonomy
  • From: "Petra Schmidt" <petra@plantdelights.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001 22:40:56 -0500 (CDT)

There's a crevice between horticulturists and botanists and very few of
either willing to take the leap to the other side for a different
perspective.  Those that have are the ones changing the way "it used to be"
into what "it can be".

There's also a void here waiting to be filled...a serious look into
cultivated plants and a place to legitimately recognize and catalog
cultivated plant specimens.  I do see botanical institutions just beginning
to take notice of cultivated plant material and even a very few beginning to
accept herbarium vouchers of cultivated material and even a few taxonomists
(in horticulture or botany or research or whatever other label fits) tackle
the problems associated with plants released into the commerical world under
whatever nomenclature fits for the market.  There are growers and
nurserypeople out there who want to educate themselves and their customers
with correct plant names and there are home gardeners out there who really
do want to learn the correct names of the plants they're purchasing and
growing.  The fact that those names may change is just that, a fact.

It's not a matter of right or wrong; the key here is education...if the
information is available, then there are those who will learn; if the
information is sketchy and not yet available, then there are those who will
continue to question; if the information is not yet investigated, there are
those who will gather and search it out.  It becomes a matter of what you
yourself will do with that information, regardless of its stage of

The peaceful and productive coexistence of Horticulture and Botany is


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