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Welcome to the Jungle - Orchids

Let the Arboretum brighten up your day with a virtual or in-person tour of the Louise Muncie Roehm Greenhouse!

Fat Plants, Air Plants, and Carnivorous Plants, oh my!  "Step onto my peristome," said the Pitcher Plant to the fly . . .

Built in 1997 as a reproduction of the original greenhouse, which was located in front of Wisner House, we use ...

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A Kid’ll Eat Ivy, Too

This Iranian jar is almost 6,000 years old. It depicts the Persian, or Bezoar, Ibex – the ancestor of our domesticated goat. While our modern goats have horns, the bezoar ibex has the largest horns, considered in proportion to body weight, of any animal in the world. The enormous horns, and the characteristic beard (from which we get the word "goatee"), are beautifully represented. The ibex's distinctive form and trophy-worthy horns have made it the object of hunters for millennia. Today, t...

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Scents and Sense-Ability

One of the reasons I love public horticulture is the opportunity for new experiences. This past Saturday afforded me just that. We had a booking for a private tour for a group with visual impairments. I did my best to prepare for this unusual engagement, but in the end I was left surprised and pleased while wholly out of my depth.  They taught me that bright colors are best. To say "look at your 12 o'clock" instead of "look ahead"  .

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