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Plants in Pop Culture and Titan Arum: The Tale of Big Bucky

January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Saturday, January 13, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
University of Wisconsin Horticulture Department,
1575 Linden Dr, Madison, WI

This talk commemorates the 2001 blooming of the Titan Arum at the University of Wisconsin Botany Department Greenhouses. Amorphophallus titanum is big, stinky and rarely blooms in cultivation, but nonetheless is truly magnificent.

Plants enrich the stories we love: the apple that poisoned Snow White, the rose plucked by Beauty’s father in the Beast’s castle, the life’s work of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed). But it’s not just in folklore and fairytales that plants play key roles. If we look we will find them in modern day stories too. Blending Botany and Literature we’ll take a look at some of our culture’s most popular tales and explore the ways plants are used to augment the story as plot devices, set pieces, characters, and even villains.

Johanna Oosterwyk is Manager of the DC Smith Instructional Greenhouse at UW-Madison and teaches Ornamental Plants and Greenhouse Cultivation for the Department of Horticulture. Johanna is a dedicated plant geek who will find a way to talk about plants to anyone, anywhere and at any time.

$10 general admission. Free for members Register here: https://plantscultureandbucky.eventbrite.com

Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Dr. on the University of WI campus, Madison
608/576-2501 or allencentennialgarden.org for details.


January 13, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am