Botanical Order Beds
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The Dicotyledon botanical family beds are laid out in accordance with a modified Bentham and Hooker system of classification. This arrangement was designed to show a possible evolutionary sequence and to indicate relationships between species. This system of classification is based on flower structure, but more recent studies based on molecular analysis would rearrange the beds considerably.
Plan of the Dicotyledon Order Beds
The Monocotyledon order beds are currently being replanted after a few years left fallow to eradicate a particularly pernicious weed (Nothoscordum)
When completed, they are laid out following the Natural system of classification proposed by Lindley.
These beds cantain the following families: Acoraceae, Agavaceae, Aloaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Araceae, Bromeliaceae, Cannaceae, Cyperaceae, Commelinaceae, Dioscoreaceae, Hyacinthaceae, Iridaceae, Juncaceae, Liliaceae, Musaceae, Orchidaceae, Palmae, Poaceae, Smilacaceae, Zingiberaceae.
For a detailed paper on the history of order beds, see Order Beds in a Botanical Garden by Dr. David Frodin.