The exhibit in the Tropical Forest Conservatory changes to represent a different region of the world every three years. The exhibit is multi-level and features winding pathways through tropical forest flora, rushing waterfalls, educational stations, and a fish pond.
Currently, the Tropical Forest Conservatory's exhibit is the Tropical Forest Congo. Years of work researching Africa's biodiversity helped to create this exhibit. Horticulturist from Phipps visited Cameroon's most beautiful natural areas and spent time with the indigenous peoples to get inspiration for the garden. Among the many unique plants that make up the Tropical Forest Congo are the Sausage Trees. The trees are commonly known for the aromatic red flowers that producehuge tubular fruits. These fruits are by no means lightweight, with some weighing almost 22 pounds. Another featured plant is the Napoleon Hat Plant, a plant that produces passion flower-like blooms on its trunk. There are also many educational aspects to the garden, including several field research kiosks, regional food markets, and a forest dwelling.
Rooftop Edible Garden
The Rooftop Edible Garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is created to provide inspiration for guests' home gardens. The garden features various fruits, herbs, and vegetables. It also serves as a food resource for Cafe Phipps on site. Youth programs and children's camps also use the garden for hands-on learning.
The Mediterranean garden just outside of Botany Hall is a relaxing place for guests, complete with trickling fountains, walkways, and benches.
Center for Sustainable Landscapes
One of the greenest buildings on the planet, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes is a model for innovators around the world. The center recycles all of the water captured on site, in addition to generating all of the energy the center uses. Interactive kiosks and informational signs lead visitors through the inner workings of the center.
Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Roof
The Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Roof showcases medicinal and edible plants indigenousto the area, found within 200 miles of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Green Roof serves to provide inspiration to visitors for their home gardens, as well as to provide knowledge about local plant species.
Center for Sustainable Landscapes Environs
Visitors will find plants, a lagoon, and a fountain as they stroll the boardwalk of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Environs, one greenest manmade landscapes inthe world. It's the first project to ever receive the Four Stars Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) certification.
The SEED Classroom was introduced in 2015 and it one of the first sustainable modular classrooms in the country. The room produces all of its own energy, uses non-toxic materials, and reuses water on site. The SEED Classroom is one of only two of this kind of classroom in the United States. It shows how classrooms can be built in the future to boost student wellness and potential.
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