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       PBGGC Learns About Ethnobotany



       And Its Historic Uses At April Meeting



        The Palm Beach Gardens                           hunting, the refuge offers guided tours where guests can   discussions. Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month
      Garden Club (PBGGC)                                view these plants.                                through May, and all are welcome to attend. Please contact
      meets to learn, discover,                            On April 28 the garden club fulfilled its obligation to   Carol Davis, vice president, by email: carolhd48@gmail.
      and share, so on April 3 they                      the city of Palm Beach Gardens when members worked   com or by phone: (561) 319-0981 for more information.
      combined those traits with                         at a table at the green market. They gave out information
      the  help of Molly Sims,                           about the club and packages of seeds. Also on Memorial
      their guest speaker. Her                           Day they will be at the dedication ceremony of a
      PowerPoint  presentation                           gold star memorial
      on ethnobotany was                                 marker for fallen
      informative, interesting,                          servicemen at
      and a look at plants in a                          Kelsey Park in
      different light. For instance,                     Lake  Park. The
      many of the plants she                             public is invited to
      shared on her slides were                          attend. The  Palm
      often  used  for  medicinal                        Beach Gardens
      purposes by the Native  Molly Sims,  April’s guest   Garden Club is
      Americans for centuries  spe ak e r, sha re d he r   the sponsor of the
      which she explained. Some  PowerPoint presentation on   memorial marker.
      plants were toxic, and they  Ethnobotany.            The Palm Beach
      often experimented on their                        Gardens Garden
      enemies to know for sure!                          Club is a member                                  A slide showing the pond cypress swamp trees in Loxahatchee
        Ethnobotany is the study of a region’s plants and   of District X which                            National Wildlife Refuge
      their practical uses through the traditional knowledge   had its Spring
      of a local culture and people. An ethnobotanist strives   District Meeting
      to document the local customs involving the practical   on  April 25 in
      uses of the local flora for many aspects of life, such as   Boynton Beach
      plants used for medicines, foods, and clothing. Simply   called “Spring   Jan Warshaurer and Sarah Mayo
      put, ethnobotany is the study of how people and cultures   Into Action.” All   enjoy the refreshments at the April 3
      (enthno) interact with plants (botany). Richard Evans   clubs and circles   PBGGC meeting.
      Schulte, often referred to as the “father of ethnobotany,”   in the district sent
      explained the discipline in this way: Ethnobotany means   representatives and guests for the day-long event. PBGGC
      investigating plants used by societies in various parts of   is also under the umbrella of the Florida Federation of
      the world.                                         Garden Clubs and the National Garden Club. They also
        Some of the plants Sims shared were pond cypress,   belong  to  Mounts  Botanical  Gardens.  In  addition  the
      beautyberry bush, sea grape, Carolina willow (the source   club donates money for scholarships such as FFGC’s
      of aspirin), lichen, and Spanish moss of which many are   scholarship fund and the FFGC’s Wekiva camp.
      found in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, a     The garden club is open to anyone wanting to learn
      147,392-acre wildlife sanctuary that’s west of Boynton   more about gardening, the environment, helpful insects,
      Beach.  It  includes  the  most  northern  remnant  of  the   flower arranging, etc. The topics always change but   Carolina willow, a native Florida plant, contains salicylic
      Everglades wetland ecosystem. Besides fishing and   are subjects that encourage a mixture of interests and   acid, a natural ingredient of aspirin.

















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