There is some argument whether Burlington's RBG or Rochester's Highland Park has the world's largest collection of lilacs. (hint, it is RBG)
It has just about something for everyone from music, tea houses, walks, art, exhibits, trees and flowers.
Regrettably though, what it does not have is
THE TITAN ARUM
which bloomed early this morning!
are you getting tired of me rambling on about this thing?
I had an email alert that the second rotten smelling 'corpse flower' had bloomed early this morning, so as soon as I finished work, I raced - no, I did not race on the highway - I roared through the beginning of rush hour traffic to experience it for myself. Just for the record, this is an extremely rare event. These flowers, nicknamed Morphy and Clive, are only the 150th and 151st in the world to ever bloom in cultivation (and the first in Canada)
The smell was not as bad as I feared, though there was one corner where I guess the air was not circulating as freely and it was rather ... rank. but seriously, a skunk smells much, much worse.
Apparently, within 20 minutes of opening, the spike, or (spadix, which is hollow), had started to fall over
and even as I was there (for about an hour) you could actually see the blood red petal wilting. The bloom lasts literally for only a few hours
the remains of the first flower that bloomed on May 5th is in the back.
it was all quite exciting. really.
although you might want to rub your face in some sweet smelling lilacs after your visit.