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“Conservation of Orchids in the Southeast” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Science Tavern is proud to support the 2011 series of Science Cafes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission to the Garden is free for members and costs $18.95, otherwise. It includes the Science Cafe access to the gardens.

You do not need to RSVP to attend.

A discussion of this month's "evolutionary cocktail" begins at 6:30 with the featured presentation starting at 7:00. Allow ample time to park, get through admissions and make your way through the Garden to the Fuqua Orchid Center.

This Science Cafe will take place during the Fest-of-Ale at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. 

Evolutionary Cocktail

Arrive early, by 6:30, to enjoy the evolutionary cocktail made with vanilla liqueur and learn more about the botany, geography and history of the Vanilla Orchid.

Conservation of Native Orchids in the Southeast

Matt Richards, Conservation CoordinatorAtlanta Botanical Garden

Join us as Matt leads an interactive discussion of native orchid conservation in the Southeast, including his adventures in the Fakahatchee Strand, home to the famous Ghost Orchid. As part of his presentation Matt will be demonstrating orchid pollination and tissue culture techniques. Following the talk, guests are encouraged to explore the Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center to see the Vanilla Orchid in flower along with a staggering diversity of orchid blooms and other tropical plants.

Matt travels across the Southeast to locate some of the last remaining populations for native orchids. He also collects seed to propagate them for long-term conservation and baits for helper fungi that are associated with orchids in their native habitats. As an expert in native orchids, his field research has taken him to the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve in Florida — a swamp forest that has been called the “Amazon of North America” and was made famous in the book The Orchid Thief — and up into the pitcher plant bogs in the mountains of Georgia.  Matt also runs the Tissue Culture Laboratory at the Atlanta Botanical Garden where he uses scientific techniques to propagate some of the most difficult orchids to grow.

Please join us for this final talk in the 2011 series of Science Cafes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, each of which will focus on some aspect of evolutionary biology.

These lectures are produced by the Atlanta Botanical Garden Department of Conservation Research and co-sponsored by the Center for Chemical Evolution and held the third Thursday of each month between May and October.

Come early, stay late, enjoy the Garden and learn some science while you're at it! What could be a better way to spend a fall evening?

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Super. Everyone did a great job.

    October 24, 2011

  • Fred S.

    Thanks to Matt for his very interesting presentation and his patience in answering our questions.

    October 21, 2011

  • Marc M.

    Matt did a great job! I learned so much from his talk, about orchids and orchid conservation, but also about general threats to the environment from bad land use practices.

    October 21, 2011

  • Justin M.

    Excellent lecture... and series!

    October 21, 2011

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