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The Science Behind Chicago Botanic Garden's Titan Arum (corpse flower) Collection June 1 @ 1:30 CST

In this live event the 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 3-8, all welcome!
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The Science Behind Chicago Botanic Garden's Titan Arum (corpse flower) Collection

In this live event the 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 3-8, all welcome!
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In this live event the 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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Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Brass Concert, featuring festive holiday favorites in Alsdorf Auditorium. One-hour brass concerts will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ticket price includes concert and access to the Wonderland Express exhibition.

Advance: member/nonmember: $15/$17
Day-of: member/nonmember: $18/$20
Children 2 and under are free.
Standard parking fees apply.

Get tickets: 
http://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/christmas_concert

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The clarinet swings, voices rise, everyone is dancing! Rabbi Joe Black and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will perform two festive two one-hour concerts—11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Buy tickets in advance and save over ten percent. Ticket price includes concert and a visit to Wonderland Express.

Advance Tickets: member/nonmember: $15/$17
Day-of: member/nonmember: $18/$20
Children 2 and under are free. 
Standard parking fees apply.

Tickets at: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/hanukkah_concert

(Photo: Alyssa Nepper, U. of Wisconsin-Parkside)

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Pest Alert: Amynthas agrestis (crazy worm or Jumping worm) @NPDN @IllinoisDNR @PublicGardens @IPSN_BGCI @BGCI

Unwanted wiggler discovered! About a month ago, one of our horticulturists called me out to look at a groundcover planting that was being heavily disturbed by worms. At first look, I thought nothing of it—maybe it was increased surface worm activity from…

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Look closer at the plants around you—discoveries in #botany are exciting for everyone.

I scratch my head and wipe the sweat from my brow. One of my summer interns found a little plant, under a bunch of big plants, and we thought for a second it might be the same as the big plants, but it is definitely different. It’s our first field day. We…

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Glorious gladiolus are #whatsinbloom at the Garden! #pink #fallcolor

Each fall, we sing the praises of fall allium and autumn crocus blooms. This year, however, a special mention must be made for the glorious gladiolus! Especially the delicate, 4-inch salmon pink flowers of the salmon gladiolus (Gladiolus oppositiflorus…

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Bonus! #CBGSpike produced #pollen to create more #titanarum & taught our visitors more about #botany. #STEM #IAmABotanist

Did you have a flashback to science class when you saw Spike, the titan arum? I sure did. At my not-really-science-minded high school, botany (the study of plants) was taught as a subsection of biology (the study of all life) class. During the botany…

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For REU Participants, #summer was time to get to work learning. #sciencefirst #collegefirst #NSF

On a recent day in Chicago, with the sun beating down and temperatures climbing into the 90s, many college students idling through their last week at home headed for the beach. Lounging about was not on the agenda for the undergraduates gathered at the…
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