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    It's been that way for as long as I've been visiting the place (a decade I guess). I wish I were part of the botany community and could maybe be involved with their nepenthes selection. I've considered donating plants to them, but would they be displayed anywhere but a dark corner? Probably not. It's a shame. If anyone figures out how the community could improve things over there, I'm happy to help out.

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    Well, I didn't see anything new today, but I did notice that I was incorrect in saying that their Nepenthes were not labeled...the N. graciliflora was labeled N. alata, like every other Nepenthes I seem to encounter nowadays. I can't suppose I can blame them though, the species of the N. alata complex are sometimes difficult to distinguish from one another, and they didn't flub nearly as badly as the university that had labeled their N. x 'Miranda' as N. alata. I told the front desk about the labeling issue, and they assured me that it would be fixed immediately. When I asked, they also told me that most of their CP collection wasn't on exhibit, and that they did realize that their temperate CPs weren't very happy on the welcome desk; the lady working there seemed pretty knowledgeable about their requirements! Kudos to you, US Botanic Garden, you have (somewhat) redeemed yourself in my eyes.

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    sad

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    It seems that they would do well to hire a TFr

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    I was actually there this past weekend as well! I found the two Nepenthes in the same state that you did, however the orchid greenhouse/room was absolutely spectacular. I have never seen so many orchids in spike at one time!

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    I must agree, the orchids were absolutely astounding. I just wish that the CP exhibit could be just as amazing...

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    Another problem is that they have a "carnivore" section which is literally the size of a bedroom and it's not as well lit as other areas. I think they feel the need to put all their nepenthes in this one room where there's limited space and where they won't flourish. There are countless places in the large main room where a nepenthes would grow spectacularly if they'd just stick it there.

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