Welcome to my Botany Blog!

My name is Madelyn Utz, but you can call me Maddy. I am a rising senior at The Ohio State University studying Biology with a minor in Business. I want to go to dental school in the near future, so I clearly have an interest in teeth and, generally, all things concerning the human body. I wanted to take this class to broaden my understanding of plants, especially the ones in Ohio considering I have grown up here my whole life and don’t know much.

I love to sing, dance, play the piano, and act. This has helped with my love of flowers. I take a particular liking to peonies. I love the color variety they have. I also really enjoy trees. I live in the woods, so I have been surrounded by old, beautiful trees my entire life. I love pine trees because of the way they smell and because they look so gorgeous, even in the snow.

Botany is the scientific study of plants that may include their physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification, and importance. I hope to learn more about all of these things as I have a very limited knowledge at this point in time. I am particularly interested in being able to identify various plants because I think it would be helpful and impressive to walk down the street and say, “Ah, that White Ash tree is looking marvelous today!”