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Orchids at UConn! Special Saturday Event

Saturday, April 6, 2019
11:00am – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
Biology/Physics Buidling

Special Event: Rare Orchids at UConn!

April 6, 2019, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Presented by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

Biology/Physics Building, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269

Celebrate rare orchids in bloom with two unique talks, world-class experts, and tours of the EEB Greenhouses!

11:00 am – 12:00 noon: Morning Tea with Charles Darwin—Almost Mad about the Wealth of Orchids

UConn Professor Kenneth Noll portrays history’s most famous biologist and naturalist, Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin’s 1862 book Fertilisation of Orchids explores natural theology and the relationship between insects and plants that resulted in their beautiful and complex forms. Tea and scones will be served.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Understanding Orchids with Renowned Author William Cullina, President and CEO, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME

Orchids are the most diverse, mysterious, and exotic plants in the world. Their popularity as houseplants has surged in recent years as advances in nursery production have made them inexpensive and widely available. Drawing from his award-winning book, Understanding Orchids, Bill will explore the fascinating, challenging, and deeply rewarding world of orchids. You will never see them the same way again!


Between Talks Visit the EEB Greenhouses: The greenhouses hold the broadest collection of global plant diversity in the Northeast—including over 200 species of orchids, many of which are not commonly grown. Staff will be on hand to guide visitors.

Event programs and tours are FREE and open to the public.

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Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, EEB Related Events, Lodewick Visitors Center, UConn Master Calendar

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