Systematics Garden Redesign

June 17, 2013:

Plant systematics, the study of the classification and evolutionary relationships among plants, is an evolving field.

The Systematics Garden is being reorganized to reflect current understanding of plant family relationships based on DNA sequence data.

In the new design, related families will be situated close to each other and the layout will reflect broad trends in flowering plant evolution. For example, earlier evolving plants, like magnolia, will be closest to the Lanning Fountain, while families that evolved more recently, like the grasses and the asters, will be positioned closer to the Lyman Pond. Stones set into the ground will depict the "branches" and connections of the evolutionary tree.

The layout is expected to be completed by late summer.