UC Davis Today: Nature’s wonders at the botanical conservatory

Woman thinning leaves from a fern

Nature’s wonders at the botanical conservatory

The UC Davis Botanical Conservatory offers visitors, researchers, students and teachers the opportunity to view and study flowers and plants in their natural environments — jungle, desert or tropical paradise. Founded in 1959, the conservatory now includes more than 3,000 live specimens from 150 families in a 3,600 square-foot greenhouse complex north of Storer Hall.

Among the highlights is the Amorphophallus titanum, or the titan arum, whose rare, large blooms are said to smell like ripe road kill. The conservatory also houses the largest assortment of carnivorous plants at any university in the country.

The UC Davis Botanical Conservatory is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, and on the weekend by special appointment. Drop by or sign up for a tour today.

(Leah Drake, a junior biological sciences major with an emphasis on plant biology, volunteers three hours a week at the conservatory. Here she thins a fern, allowing for more sunlight that is essential to plant health. Photo by Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

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