Appreciation: Amorphophallus titanum set to bloom in Vancouver

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  1. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    "Uncle Fester" (people's choice name) should bloom sometime in the next few days in Vancouver's Bloedel Conservatory

    Expect long lines, but it is something that truly doesn't happen that often...
     
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    Uncle Fester is not open yet. Here is a direct link to info about it: Watch our titan arum grow. According to conservatory staff, it was just moved into the conservatory two or three weeks ago, but it has been in Vancouver for six years, came originally from Costa Rica. Another visitor told me that the conservatory hours are extended this weekend: 7am to 11pm. The exact wording on the website is "Once the plant blooms, Bloedel Conservatory will extend its hours to 7am - 11pm for a two-day “smell it while you can” experience!" So if it doesn't open on Saturday, the hours won't be extended on Saturday?? I hope to drop by on the way home from a party. This is a very big deal for the conservatory - there are signs everywhere, and the staff are all wearing t-shirts featuring it.
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    Here are a couple of time-lapse videos from other locations.
    Ted, at the Botanical Concervatory at UC Davis:

    (link is from this page: UCDavis: Botanical Conservatory)

    Perry, at the green house at Gustavus Adolphus College:


    At two Botany Photos of the Day:
    Amorphophallus titanum
    Amorphophallus titanum
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I thought Uncle Fester might be looking a little fatter, but he's not open yet, and really, he doesn't look all that different to me from how he looked three days ago. Sunday, July 15, 6pm.
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    Well, so much for what I know. Friend Janet, with whom I went to visit it yesterday (late hours hadn't started yet as it hadn't opened - we didn't get to see it), just phoned to say that the conservatory just posted on FB that it's opening now (8pm) and they will be open tonight until 11pm. So we're going back.
     
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    Here is a photo at 10:30pm. The plant is lit up like this - it wasn't flash. Janet has promised to post better photos, but won't get to them until tomorrow night. No smell yet. The plant temperature is only 73 degrees, so it hasn't heated up yet. There was no lineup tonight until around 10:15, and they stopped letting people in at 10:30, a big mistake in my opinion, since the advertising all said "open until 11" and people who had driven a long way to see it were understandably upset. So don't arrive late Monday or Tuesday and expect to get in.
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    Two photos from Sunday night. The first was taken at 9:20pm, the second at 10:30pm. Hard to get a clear shot, with so many people around.
     

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    It was looking good this morning. Line-ups are long, we got there at 6:40 or so and didn't have to wait long, but I think getting there after 7 means at least an hour if not more. The news crews occupied much of the prime viewing area, so I think the line-up might get a little shorter or move faster now that they've left.
     
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