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Chicago Botanic Garden education staff take you behind the scenes to meet our collection of Titan arums, or "corpse flowers", including "Sprout" which bloomed in April, "Spike", and "Alice". See living corpse flowers in multiple stages from seedling to fruiting and learn about this plant's remarkable life cycle. We'll also challenge you to figure out what pollinates some more common flowers and understand how the corpse flower uses extraordinary strategies to attract pollinators from long distances in the Indonesian rain forest. Best for grades 5-8, all welcome!

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The Garden View Café will be closed for maintenance from Monday, January 11, through Wednesday, January 13. Light fare and grab-and-go food service will be available in the Lakeside Room from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Now fruiting, Alice the Amorphophallus is on display in the Tropical Greenhouse. Join us January 17 at 1:30 p.m. for our FREE Amorphophallus titanum lecture, "Fruit Happens" with Garden floriculturist Tim Pollak and senior scientist Pat Herendeen. No registration required. Doors open at 1 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. (Shown below: Alice's fruit on October 19, and again on December 16.)
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Open today through January 18—see bonsai curator Chris Baker's elegant "pop-up" bonsai exhibition in Krehbiel Gallery.
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Some of our #bonsai collection will be making a special appearance in the Semitropical Greenhouse! Come see this beautiful mid-winter exhibition beginning this Friday, January 8 and running through January 18.
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We are open today 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Come make your New Year's nature resolution as you stroll the Garden.
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It's a poinsettia-palooza at Wonderland Express. Multiple cultivars line the paths and trains in shades of red, pink, and white. In the Arid Greenhouse, aloes are beginning to come into bloom. #whatsinbloom http://ow.ly/i/fqD9U
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Ho, Ho, Ho! We have #Titanarum #Christmas ornaments—Alice the Amorphophallus is in full fruit! Still a few more months before we harvest the fruit for seeds, but we are enjoying our #corpseflower holiday decorations. :D
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It's a super-rare event: while most are calling it the #superbloodmoon, we prefer to remember September's harvest heritage with #superharvestbloodmoon. Tonight's #harvestmoon (named for last garden harvest of the growing season) is also a #supermoon AND a #lunareclipse—also called a #bloodmoon! Due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere (it's daytime on the other side of our big blue marble!), the moon takes on a reddish cast. Since the moon will be at its closest distance to the earth this year, it will also appear larger in the sky. Get the last of your veggies in and grab a hot cocoa and a lawn chair after dinner—viewing starts at 8:07 p.m. Central Time, with the moment of greatest eclipse happening at 9:47 p.m. Central Time.
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Come early to the Garden on this beautiful Sunday to avoid heavily congested periods. Approaching the Garden entrance from the east may be faster. From Green Bay Rd, take Lake Cook Rd; the members-only lane is on the left. Consider buying parking in advance @ http://ow.ly/SHcMK. Valet parking is available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (fee applies).
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