What is blooming in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory?

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Even though butterflies won’t start appearing for a few more weeks, our Horticulture staff has been busy preparing the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory for the upcoming Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming exhibition. This year’s display will feature a bounty of lush, tropical blooms offering a dazzling display of beauty while providing nectar and habitat for our visiting butterflies.

We recently checked in to see what was blooming and fruiting in this area of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park:

Wild Tropical Petunia Ruellia brevifolia – Wild Tropical Petunia

cleroquadcloseup Clerodendrum quadriloculare – Shooting Star

Pentas_flowers Pentas

maxresdefault Aechmea gamosepala – Bromeliad

4712877830_6f2ec25791_b Clerodendrum thomsoniae – Bleeding Heart Vine

CoffeeBerry Coffea arabica – Coffee tree

We have also recently completed upgrades and renovations to our irrigation and curtain system in the Tropical Conservatory. While these changes will more than likely go unnoticed by our guests, they were much needed. Did you know that prior to these renovations, all of the…

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