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Bolz Conservatory Exhibits

Maria Sibylla Merian: The Suriname Expedition 1699 -1701

November 5, 2016 - March 5, 2017

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Ahead of her time, Maria Sibylla Merian's keen observational skills and work revolutionized both botany and zoology. Her artistic work changed the course of natural history illustration and left a lasting legacy of curiosity, knowledge, and beauty. See reproductions of her hand-colored engravings and some of the the tropical plants she studied in Suriname up close in the Bolz Conservatory.


March 25 - July 16, 2017

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

The trees are trimmed, the bushes pruned, and it's time to see the light in the forest. Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates. When a gap in the forest is created naturally or by a clipping from Olbrich's staff, growth develops at an exceptional rate.

Integrated Pest Management

August 14 - October 29, 2017

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Beneficial insects have been used in the Conservatory since it opened in 1991. These bugs provide control of plant-damaging insects, minimizing the need of more dangerous traditional insecticides. These controls, along with several others, are part of the Conservatory's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. This widely accepted program strives to use the least toxic method of insect and disease control to be more environmentally sensitive. Learn about Olbrich's environmentally friendly pest control methods and get ideas you can use to reduce or eliminate pesticide use at home.

New Exhibition - TBD

November 4 - March 3, 2018

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily


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