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horticulture

My Little Stinky: Corpse Flower Cousin on Display at the Cockrell Butterfly Center
April 23, 2016 · Be The First To Comment

Meet Lois’s baby cousin, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius. It may not be as large or as smelly as the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) that bloomed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2010, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome! It’s blooming in the Cockrell Butterfly Center right now, and by the end of the weekend, it should be […]

HMNS greenhouse teaches how to plant a butterfly oasis in your back yard
April 16, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

They float on the wind, decorate your back yard in the spring and summer, and inspire warm emotions with their delicate wings. They seem carefree, at home in any meadow, but butterflies have more specific needs than we might imagine. As urban sprawl continues to grow, reducing green space and native plant growth, natural butterfly […]

Horticulturalist Zac Stayton bids a fond farewell to HMNS
August 8, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

Editor’s Note: After four and a half years, Zac Stayton, Horticulturist for the Cockrell Butterfly Center, is leaving HMNS for a new job as a Project Manager for the grower Color Spot. I sat down with him this week to discuss his time at HMNS, his favorite projects and what he’ll be up to next. Vincent […]

Stage-five clingers: Learn to grow epiphytes with Zac Saturday, March 24
March 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

As the horticulturist for the Cockrell Butterfly Center conservatory, I get asked a plethora of gardening questions. The most frequently asked question (other than “How’s Lois?”) has got to be “How do you get your orchids to grow on trees?” I explain to visitors that most orchids are epiphytic, which means that they grow on […]



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