[Gallery] “Savage Gardens” exhibit at San Antonio Botanical Garden features carnivorous plants

Over the weekend, my kids and I got an early peek at a new exhibit, “Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants”, opening soon at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

Carnivorous plants make the most of their nutrient-poor environments by turning to another food source: insects. Each different species has its own tricks for luring and trapping bugs.

The “Savage Gardens” exhibit has live carnivorous plants (we saw a pitcher plant, nepenthes), gizmos such as a spinning wheel with carnivorous plant facts, and monumental sculptures. The pitcher plant sculpture is large enough to walk inside. The venus flytrap (dionaea) sculpture moves: tap a button twice (to simulate triggering two hairs), and a trap snaps shut. The trumpet plant (sarracenia) sculptures are tall and beautiful in their garden settings; the sundew (drosera) sculpture is eerily attractive.

On opening day, June 29, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the garden will offer special activities, including:

  • Venus flytrap presentation and feeding (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.)
  • Monster plant obstacle course
  • Plant a sundew
  • Venus flytrap puppets
  • Carnivorous plants mind puzzles

UPDATED: The exhibit runs through December 31, 2013 (extended from December 1).

Did you know that you get a dollar off admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden by showing your San Antonio Public Library card?

Or, buy a Broadway Reach pass ($44 adults, $22 children) and get admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden and six other member institutions for a week. “Broadway Reach announced; discounted joint tickets now available”, Sarah Tressler, San Antonio Express-News, June 5, 2013; “Broadway Reach Launches Cultural, Creative Corridor”, Iris Dimmick, Rivard Report, June 5, 2013; “Visit Seven Cultural Institutions With One Pass On ‘Broadway Reach'”, Eileen Pace, Texas Public Radio, June 5, 2013; and, my earlier post.

Do you remember the dinosaurs exhibit they had last year? Here’s my earlier post about that one.

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  1. Inga, your posts are always so interesting and helpful! I can’t wait to check out this new exhibit. It sounds really cool.

  2. We haven’t visited the Botanical Gardens here yet. My boys would love this new exhibit, thanks for sharing this!!

  3. I just got an email from Sasha Kodet, Education Director at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, saying something about a “bog garden” that’s being installed this week. ??!!? Can’t wait to see that!

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