Plants with Bite
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
September 27, 2018
We have had a chance to get an exclusive preview of The Calyx, the inner sanctum in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens being transformed by Venus flytraps, Sarracenians as well as many other fascinating carnivorous plant species for the new exhibition Plants with Bite.
Plants with Bite marks the fourth display at The Calyx, following Sweet Addictions, All About Flowers and Pollination.
The tenet of exhibitions at The Calyx is to both inspire and educate the general public as well as the next generation of scientists and horticulturists via the display of plants that are important and worth talking about.
Carefully curated by the scientists at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney under the benign guidance of the Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Jimmy Turner, the carnivorous plants have been catalogued and identified in a bid to preserve them for future generations.
With the abilities to thrive in the most adverse conditions by luring and devouring insects, this exhibition is a coup and a feast for all senses. The exhibition is staged in an engaging manner that tells the story of the bizarre world of these plants, which illustrate the wonders of evolution.
Apart from the display comprised of over 25,000 plants, the tantalizing extravaganza is enriched with hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and an augmented reality application that can be downloaded to appeal to every eager learner’s style.
The free exhibition is framed by retro Movie Poster Exhibition along with an Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Movie Night, which is quite fitting given the nature of the devious specimen on display.
Plants with Bite is nothing less than an astounding and eye opening exercise in horticulture – featuring the most extensive vertical interior display in this part of our earthround it challenges preconceptions about the fauna and floral food chain.
Photos by @k.a.vv