Darwin’s Atelier participated in the International Carnivorous Plant Society meeting took place in Santa Rosa, CA in Aug. 2018.
After the conference, some of us joined the field trip to see Darlingtonia californica, aka Cobra Lily. D. californica is a carnivorous plant that is super endemic (grows only in specific places in the world) to the border between northern California and southern Oregon.
We visited 12 different sites spanning between CA and OR. Although D. californica won’t grow everywhere, but when they find the right conditions, they appear to thrive. In all sites we visited, we found clumps of gorgeous healthy adult plants with seed pods. Unfortunately, the blooming season was over, but all flowers seemed to have set seeds, and numerous seedlings were coming out, which is a good sign of continuous growth into the future.
Here are some of the cute little Darlingtonia conversations we witnessed during the trip.
What made this trip so memorable was not only the plants, but also the people. We were all nice and fun loving bunch. After being covered with muck and sweat, taking pictures of the same plant over and over again all day under the blazing sun for 5 days, we certainly became like a little family (of plant nerds?).
Darwin’s Atelier would like to thank especially Damon Collingsworth (California Carnivore), Arthur and Gina Morimoto (Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society) for organizing such a wonderful trip! Also Barry Rice and his wife Beth, who guided and taught us unique biological aspects of all the different sites. We would also like to thank Luke Basulto, who was the designated driver of our 12 passenger van, and took us everywhere safe and comfortable! Last but not least, all the CP lovers who joined the fun. Thank you all. We miss you!
Darwin's Atelier is volunteering for the New England Carnivorous Plant Society at the Boston Flower Show this year! We will be exhibiting lots of rare and interesting carnivorous plants and botanical art. The Boston Flower Show will be held between Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, March 18th. Please stop by and check out our booth!
On Sat, Feb. 10th, 2018, Darwin’s Atelier and the New England Carnivorous Plant Society were invited to exhibit carnivorous plants at the special event, “I Heart Science” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA.
We brought a whole circus of carnivorous plants! Nepenthes (tropical pitcher plant), Heliamphora (South American pitcher plant), Drosera (Sundew), Cephalotus (Australian pitcher plant), Aldrovanda (waterwheel plant), Utricularia (bladderwort), Pinguicula (butterwort), Genlisea (corkscrew plant), Sarracenia (North American pitcher plant), and of course, Dionaea (Venus Flytrap)!
Lots of family and kids showed up and were very enthusiastic about our plants! Some kids, even moms and dads, just couldn’t get enough of them! Kadeem Gilbert (one of the NECPS members, also a PhD candidate at Harvard University) taught about the convergent evolution of the pitcher plants. He explained to visitors how genetically very different plants that grow in different parts of the world may evolve to have similar morphological features such as pitchers to trap insects. The Sarracenia family grows in North America, Nepenthes mainly grows in tropical Asia, and the Cephalotus family only grows in Southwestern part of Australia. They are genetically unrelated, and grow in very different parts of the world, but all evolved independently to develop pitchers to attract, capture and digest prey.
What a fun and exciting day it was! Thanks to all the visitors who stopped by, and to HMNH for inviting us.
Sept. 15, 2017 ~ Nov. 5, 2017
RAW is a juried botanical art show provided by the New England Society of Botanical Artists. Juror was Catherine Watters at Filoli. Three watercolor paintings by E. K. Wood were exhibited here. One of the work, "Blackberry" was mentioned in the juror's statement (see the picture below). Stop by and check them out when you get the chance!