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Bolz Conservatory Exhibits

Integrated Pest Management

August 12 - October 25, 2015

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday

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.

From Bean to Coffee Cup

October 31 , 2015 - February 28, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday

The history of the coffee bean is as rich as double espresso and dates back to the 6th Century. Whether you call it java, mud, or a shot in the arm, and estimated 2 billion cups are consumed every day around the globe - making coffee the most popular beverage in the world. Discover the source and story of the coffee bean, and see coffee plants up close in the Bolz Conservatory.

Chocolate: The Bitter and the Sweet

October 31 , 2015 - February 28, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday

Smell the sweet allure, and learn about one of the all-time favorite flavores, chocolate, and a unique exhibit in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory. This exhibit highlights the cacao tree, first cultivated in South America. The seeds from this tree are commonly called cocoa beans and are surrounded by a pod. Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. The high proportion of fat in the bean kernels (cocoa butter) is used in medications, cosmetics, and soaps. The pulverized residue, called cocoa, is used in beverages and as a flavoring.

LIGHT GAPS

TBA

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday

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.


 

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