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The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry - Insect Control in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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Have you ever wondered what types of insect pests we have in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, and how we deal with them? Well, for all of you entomologists out there today is your lucky day. I will briefly cover some of our pests and pest management strategies in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory. There are around 1.3 million described insect species in the world and in fact, insects make up...

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Where Have All The Orchids Gone?

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Many visitors to the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory have been asking me, "Where are the orchids?"  Well, there are still many around the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory, and in just a few months, our new display will be installed and the orchids will be displayed in all of their glory.  The new display will be built into the existing Marnie's Pavilion at the West end of the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory where...

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Why Cut A Tree In Half?

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Over the last few months, visitors to the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory may have noticed some funny looking trees that look like they were cut in half…well, they have been. Growing plants in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory presents many challenges such as monitoring light levels from the canopy down to the understory and keeping tabs on space and not letting plants outgrow their current locations without having to move...

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Beautiful Blooms in The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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Beautiful Blooms in The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Now, to introduce some of our fauna. Every once in a while as we deem necessary, my team releases Anolis carolinensis, or the green anole lizard into the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory. We like to have them around as they help with insect control as well as add yet another important tropical element to the scenery. Last year we released twenty-five more in the fall, and over the...

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