Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Insectivorous...


A has had a long time interest in carnivorous plants. Our local botanical garden has a nice indoor conservatory with a small collection that we always love to visit in the winter. This fall, however, they have had a special exhibit throughout the conservatory with a few new plants and lots of information.


We have returned again and again over the past week to read and re-read, explore, and examine those plants.


A has been becoming a much stronger reader, and loves being able to study all of the signs that go along with the exhibit without needing me to decipher everything for him. He has discovered a few new plants too - he saw the cobra plant, and read that there is a pitcher plant that is so large monkeys have been seen drinking out of them (monkey cups)!


It is nice to get back into our conservatory visits - as the temperatures drop and it gets dry and cold having a place to walk which is lush and green and thick with moisture is heavenly.


And lots of fun!

7 comments:

Astrid said...

I love the Olbrich Gardens conservatory. It instantly transports me to a different world- especially in the middle of winter. We need to go visit it again soon- thanks for the reminder!

Jessica said...

Amazing, it never occurred to me to keep carnivorous plants in an aquarium. I wonder if we could do such a thing in our home?

Wilma Ham said...

These places are indeed treasures and what a way to learn.
I would improve my reading that way fast as well :)

likeschocolate said...

WOw! Fun and interesting. The white snake is cool too!

Tara @ TheOrganicSister said...

Aah coool! Nature amazes me sometimes too.

Jeannette said...

Priceless ... the look on his face in the third picture. He´s beaming with joy...he could light up a room!
Have a great weekend!

Alis said...

How super duper cool. I love isolated plant exhibits where kids can get to know one type of plant, and revisit to see how it grows. At Seth's old baby sitters they had the perfect green house window for carnivorous plants and he used to come home and tell me about them in his cute tripping unintelligible 2 speak.