LP Field Trip to The Botanical Garden – 07/30/16

corpseOn July 30th, 2016, the Local Project crew went on a field trip to visit the corpse flower at the New York Botanical Garden. The Corpse flower is a rare flower that blooms once every 80 years.  This is the first time that a blooming titan-arum has been put on display at the Garden since 1939. It took over 10 years to harvest one of the rarest plants ever. This flower is one of the largest inflorescences in the world. Once this flower blooms, it creates a sensation. It releases an odor of rotting flesh.  The corpse flower is 8 feet tall. This flower only lasted for one and a half day for 30 hours. This is why this plant is so popular.

This trip was so unexpected since we found out about it last minute. We took a car to travel to the garden. The Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458. It was exciting to go because  some of us have never been there before. Once we arrived, we went to get tickets so we can get through the entrance. The garden was huge! It was about 250 acres of land. We looked around for a bit and went to wait in the line. The line wasn’t that slow. It was actually going pretty fast. While we were waiting in the line, we talked about the flower and we were discussing what we might expect inside the greenhouse. Then all of a sudden it started to rain but we stayed patient and enjoyed getting drenched in the rain.

tripFinally, we entered the greenhouse, we were all very enthusiastic. We saw a variety of flowers that were from the desert, rainforest, and many more. Then we came across the corpse flower. Unfortunately we arrived a bit late, that’s why by the time we got there the flower had already bloomed, closed up, and was in the process of dying. We didn’t really smell anything because it finished blooming. It was a great experience seeing all these distinct types of plants that we had never seen before. It was a day of relaxation and having fun with one another.  Overall this was a very splendid trip. We were very fascinated by all these different types of plants that was presented to us. This trip was definitely worth it, we thank our supervisor, Carolina, for this unexpected trip.