The Conservatory Chronicles 

Issue 123
February 2018

A monthly newsletter for our growing Conservatory Community
Share the Love this Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, indulge the senses at the Conservatory of Flowers' Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics, an annual after-hour event that highlights commonly considered aphrodisiacs from the Conservatory's permanent tropical collection. 
Guests will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, paired with everyone's favorite aphrodisiac, chocolate. Roaming docents will go into exuberant detail on plant reproduction with a focus on the sex lives of orchids, and botanical love stories centered on vanilla. An accordion performance by Jasper de Tarr will permeate the glass house, while Fitzgerald and Guislain, a niche perfume house, will infuse the night with sweet aromatics. Delectable treats and libations will also be available. 

Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons

Don't forget to celebrate the natural wonders of the season with the latest series of artistic illuminations on the Conservatory's iconic fa├žade, Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons. Transforming the Conservatory into an elegant illuminated canvas of fall, winter and spring scenes, the installation runs nightly through Spring 2018.

OCA Conservation Dinner

On February 24, 2018, the Orchid Conservation Alliance offers its second annual benefit dinner and lecture to help protect wild orchid habitats in places like Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil. 

Franco Pupulin from Lankester Botanical Garden in Costa Rica will talk "Conservation of Sobralias, a Very Successful Group of Orchids". The evening includes appetizers, dinner, wine, the conservation lecture and a live auction of selected orchids. Entrance fee is $100 per  person. 
Contact Mary   for tickets.
Upcoming Events

Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics
Wednesday, February 14, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Celebrate Valentine's at the Conservatory! Experience the Conservatory after dark and indulge your senses. 

  Join us
Stay tuned for Botanicals  and Brews and Murder at the Conservatory! 

Two of the Conservatory's biggest after-hours events will return  with a bang. Keep an eye out for the 2018 line-up.
What's in Bloom?
Cocos nucifera, the coconut palm, is a long-lived palm that may grow up to 100 years. The coconut palm is native to the tropical islands of the West Pacific and requires hot, moist conditions to grow. Coconuts are buoyant and able to float in sea currents for long distances while remaining viable and able to germinate upon arrival. For that reason, coconut palms are often found along the coast and seaboard of tropical areas.

Coconut palms are one of the most widely grown and iconic palms in the world. The coconut palm has a wide variety of uses and, in some cases, coconuts are considered survival food. Coconut water is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorous, proteins, and vitamins. Coconut meat has a large diversity of food uses, including coconut oil. The coir can be used as a fiber to make rope, floor mats, mattress filling, and fish nets. The leaves are traditionally used to make baskets and roof thatching, while the trunk is used to make furniture, houses, and even musical instruments. Additionally, an alcoholic drink known as palm wine or Toddy is made from the sap of the coconut palm.

Find it in Potted Plants Gallery.