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Posted on Jul. 31, 2013 by Brandon Tam
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At the outbreak of World War II, curators of museums across Europe scrambled to pack up their priceless artworks, artifacts, and prized collections to protect them from potential...

Posted on Feb. 15, 2013 by Brandon Tam
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Aung San Suu Kyi, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela have all changed the world in one way or another. And from Cymbidium Margaret Thatcher to Phalaenopsis Aung San...
Posted on Jan. 25, 2013 by Brandon Tam
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Mimosas all around! No, not the one you drink! The Mimosa I'm talking about is Mimosa pudica, "The Sensitive Plant" that is growing in The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science. Some...
Posted on Dec. 21, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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Astronomers throughout history have searched the skies in hopes of locating the Star of Bethlehem, the famed star of scripture. Meanwhile botanists have found their very own “Star of Bethlehem” among...
Posted on Dec. 7, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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Finding a rare and endangered plant species in the wild is hard enough. What is even more difficult is spotting an albino form of that flower! By definition, albinism is the absence of any pigmentation...
Posted on Nov. 30, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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It’s a bird…. It’s a plane…. It’s orchid pollen? Pollen has been flying at the information desk in The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science this past month! Lucky visitors...
Posted on Oct. 30, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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Dracula simia has been monkeying around in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru since its discovery to humans in 1978. Despite more than 130 known species of Dracula so far, many more varieties of this...
Posted on Oct. 17, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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The Southland Orchid Show is coming! In an attempt to educate the public on the strange and mysterious side of orchids, the Southland Orchid Show...
Posted on Aug. 17, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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Even though S. Robert Weltz is no longer with us today, he is still receiving awards on his prestigious orchid...
Posted on Jul. 6, 2012 by Brandon Tam
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Forget the tigers; it is all about the tigrinums. During a visit of Huntington staff and volunteers to the San Diego Zoo in May the zoo’s Janette Gerrity...

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