Saturday, August 3, 2013
On Wednesday, July 31st I noticed a posting on Facebook from one of my links, the Olbrich Gardens in Madison, WI. It was informing the public that the DC Smith Greenhouse at the University of WI at Madison had a blooming corpse plant. At the time of the posting, the 'bloom' was still tightly folded, but the assumption was that it would open sometime in the upcoming weekend. I was scheduled to work the entire following weekend, but had one day left - the Thursday. I hoped it would bloom then.
If you would like to read more about this plant, click on the link below.
The staff will pollinate the flower with pollen from other corpse plants, secured from other locations that have had blooming corpse plants. The resulting seeds will be shared among the botanical community. They most likely also harvested the pollen to share in the future.
It was possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thank You Rich for letting me meet Dennis.