A Private Botanical Garden
the photo above was taken on a dreary winter day in 2009, from the southern
entrance of the Exotic Rainforest private botanical garden in Siloam Springs, AR
you can experience the beauty and exotic plants that live in a South or
Central American rain forest almost any day of the year. The
entire exhibit is temperature and humidity controlled to make the plants
believe they are actually growing in the rain forest! During the spring
and summer the "rain forest" is alive with color and the
members of the larger plant group Araceae (uh-RAY-see ee)
or aroids grow quickly and
often produce beautiful inflorescences. The spadix is a
spike on a thickened fleshy axis which can produce tiny flowers is surrounded by a modified
bract-like leaf known as the spathe which even though it appears to be a
flower, it is not. The exhibit is
open to anyone and you can find directions as well as a phone number at
the bottom of the homepage of this website. The Exotic Rainforest is available to educators at almost
any time to use as a teaching tool in helping their students learn about
the world's vanishing rain forests. Admission is free, but please
Continue the Rainforest Tour?
Curious how we built a rain forest in NW Arkansas?
Read this link!