Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens‘ target list of over 1,000 native plant species (trees, shrubs, stream and symbiotic plants, grasses, vines, ferns and annual flowers was created from a crosswalk of: Eugene Kozloff’s Plants of Western WA, Pecks’ Manual of Higher Plants, USDA’s NRCS PLANTS Database, the UofW Burke herbarium web list, Hitchcock and Arthur Cronquist’s Flora of the Pacific Northwest, and Wikipedia. Gardens‘ kiosks are numbered 01 – 16, starting at the northern entry path, working clockwise around the path & boardwalks; each kiosk providing zoo-like instructional plantings.
PLANTS DON’T RECOGNIZE STATE OR NATIONAL BOUNDARIES!
March 15, 2017 was the 1st Washington Botanical Symposium; discussions included the changes to botanical classifications due to recent DNA findings, with over 50% of NW plants affected. The UW is focused on changing names for a new edition of Hitchcock’s text (the UW owns the copyright), while OSU works on a 5 volume Oregon Flora Project rewrite of Peck’s work, the University California has Jepson’s Manual, and UBC has E-Flora BC, not to mention that both Canada and US national (USDA) Plants Databases are reacting … 4 state and provincial agencies and 2 national governments … with no coordination. We may soon see 6 different names for the same plant! More than a few of the plants below are found from San Francisco Bay to northern British Columbia. It is as crazy as it gets! Botanists, please!