NC Botanical Secret Revealed

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Each little “pup” is ready to plant.

Who knew that Appalachian State University (ASU) has some amazing greenhouses and conservatory tucked away a couple of miles from campus, behind a commercial area in Bonne, NC.

I had the opportunity to tour this wonderful ASU facility and see plants from, literally, every country in the world. There were so many unusual and amazing varieties.  We had a crash course in plant adaptation and got up close and personal with plants that mimic rocks, house ant farms, emit unpleasant odors, and produce mini-me offspring all by themselves. We had botany and world geography lessons rolled into one.

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They have two plant sales a year (usually May and September) and also offer some public classes; volunteers are needed and welcome. 

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Can you find the plant?

For more information contact Greenhouse Manager Jerry Meyer at meyerja@appstate.edu

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About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on July 15, 2016, in North Carolina, North Carolina, Western, USA and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Karen, Great article! Why don’t you send it to Jerry Meyer – I know he’d love to see it. SB

    meyerja@appstate.edu

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  2. What is the name of this plant at the top of the article?

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    • Hello,
      The plant that creates fully rooted ‘babies’ on the leaf edges is called Mother of Thousands, once in the genus Kalanchoe, now it’s a Bryophyllum.
      Regards,
      Jerry

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