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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefforever View Post
    Nice photos and a very impressive exhibit!

    But where are all the Utricularia? They have only a couple measly flowers by the pings.
    I never realized how small most CP's are. The exhibit is huge and I probably captured maybe about 2/3rds. The sundews alone I'd have to stay an extra half hour. They had an amusing tank of water Utrics which was basically just a handful thrown in some water. No peat or anything. I guess Peter doesn't really care for them. I also completely missed the Heliamphora. There was a sizeable clump of H. Minor x Nutans.

    For you Darlingtonia fans, I did forget to upload this guy:


    To be honest, I always thought Darlingtonia we're kind of an eyesore, but in person they're just beautiful and they have the most interesting growth cycle. The leaves actually twist the other way from when they come out of the rhizome.

    Also here are the VFT's. They had sawtooth and dente as well. My VFT's look like crap compared to these.
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    Aquatic Utrics are just underwater plants, and usually have a muddy peat/organic bottom a foot or two below the surface (from the ones I have seen growing wild here in N. Illinois). To put peat and organic material into a tank, would likely require a lot of time for it to settle, and to skim crud off the surface. This could also cloud the water too. I usually just grow it outdoors over the summer in a half-barrel size container with nothing else in it (like peat substrate) or simply put it in our outdoor pond, which has a mucky bottom already.
    So while what they did may not have looked very natural, they probably did it to avoid a hassle!

    The Aquatic Utrics are interesting plants, but not as interesting to me personally, unless I could get them big enough to capture some guppies or something!
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    I'm going this weekend!

    I was going to become a docent through BACPS but a bunch of things came up that prevented me from getting the required training.

    Chris: Since most of Peter's plants are down in SF his nursery is looking a little bare. Still a lot of Nepenthes to look at though. I never got to see the 2007 exhibit, but it grossed the most for the Conservatory over the last year and they asked to do it again! I'm sure glad they did!
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    Very nice Photos. I hope I can visit there someday. I probably will once I reach San Diego Cali.

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    Is that open all year, like the Meijers garden one? Someone should compare the two...
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    Quote Originally Posted by silenceisgod View Post
    Is that open all year, like the Meijers garden one? Someone should compare the two...
    Well if you'd be comparing the two, you'd have to compare both of their standard stock, which is is everything I posted prior to the actual special exhibit portion. This is a special exhibit that uses an entire area of the conservatory and is filled to the brim with plants.

    These are Peter's specimen sized display plants which he then arranged into a bog setting. There were some very skilled hands involved in making the displays. I took pictures of the plants and not the overall setting because I wanted anybody who was going for themselves to really find out what it looked like.

    You know what the crazy thing is? Not one of these plants had a SINGLE imperfection. No weird spots, no curly pitchers, or non of the natural phenomena that occurs a lot on my plants out there for no reason and on many other people's plants. A lot of care went into growing each one. Not even a single old/browned pitcher and every single Sundew was dewy and no old leaves or anything. The quality of the plants is super impressive and I would gladly pay another 7 bucks to take a gander at them.

    Frilleon, since you live by Peter's nursery care to bum me an N. Truncata from him if you're ever in the area? I'd order one if it weren't for the fact that I had to find change for the ticket and carpool with somebody lol...
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    Hnnnngh.

    I wish I could have gone.
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    I should get into gear and drag the folks down there!

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    Or maybe not.

    I think that that "maxima" could be a Miranda, though.
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