Fayla Schwartz, PhD., will present a summary of the class she taught for several years at Everett Community College on the importance of plants to several human cultures around the world. Used for many purposes, from food and medicines to materials and ceremonials, plants have traveled the earth and allowed people to develop diverse cultures.
Growing up in San Francisco and attending summer camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Fayla was always interested in the natural world. Eventually she completed a Masters degree on mycorrhizal interactions at Eastern Washington University in 1985 and a PhD on the taxonomy of death camas at the University of Washington in 1994. She taught biology and botany at Everett Community College for 25 years before retiring and moving to Port Townsend in 2017. She is the chairperson of the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of WNPS.