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Bolz Conservatory Exhibits

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 flavors - chocolate! This exhibit highlights the cacao tree, first cultivated in South America. The seeds from this tree are commonly called cacao beans and are surrounded by a pod. Chocolate is derived from the cacao 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. Visit the Bolz Conservatory to see the cacao plant up close and to discover where chocolate comes from and how it is made.

LIGHT GAPS

March 19 - June 12, 2016

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.

Integrated Pest Management

August 8 - October 30, 2016

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.

TBA

November 5, 2016 - March 5, 2017

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


 

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