Sunflowers & Relatives

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Monday, September, 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



   Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Program description:  A general overview will be presented of the sunflower family, Asteraceae, that discusses the arrangement and evolution of its flowering structures, and reviews uses of members of the family in gardens.  A more detailed look will be provided for the “true” sunflowers, the genus Helianthus and its relatives, which include the common sunflower (that we use for cooking oil and for bird seed), the Jerusalem artichoke, and almost 50 other species in North America.

Speaker:  Dr. Ed Schilling received his education at Michigan State University and Indiana University, and came to the University of Tennessee in 1979 where he was in the Department of Botany.  He is now in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and teaches courses in Introductory Plant Biology, Field Botany, and Economic Botany.  His research interests include systematics of Trillium and it relatives in addition to his studies of sunflowers.  His 3 children are all UT graduates.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Free on-street parking is available in the area.  Please note that the parking lots behind green|spaces (and adjacent to the ChooChoo) are paid lots.

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