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Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:03

‘Wicked Plants’ exhibit opens at arboretum

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A new 4,000-square-foot exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum opening Saturday, May 5, will introduce visitors to the evildoers lurking in their own backyards and beyond. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, the exhibit gives visitors a hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals — without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment, or other danger. Menacing interactive displays set in an eerie environment are designed to educate and entertain children and adults with information about some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Wicked Plants exposes plants associated with a myriad of negative health effects, including addiction, obesity, allergies, pain, poisoning, cognitive impairment, organ failure, and even death. Showcasing more than 100 plants, the exhibit takes an open-ended approach to health education, providing visitors with an opportunity to weigh the risks of utilizing specific wicked plants.

Wicked Plants will be on display at the Baker Exhibit Center through September 3. Admission is free with standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle).

Wicked Plants is supported in part by Smoky Mountain Living magazine and R.E.A.C.H. (Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital) of Asheville. After completing its run at the Arboretum, the exhibit will begin a national tour of botanical gardens, museums, and science centers.

828.665.2492 or www.ncarboretum.org.

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