Heliconias are grown throughout the tropics for their beautiful, brilliant colorful flowering bracts. Their breathtaking and unusual flowerheads rise from clumps of banana like leaves that may vary from 3 to 30 feet, depending on the variety. These exotic plants belong to the Heliconiaceae family, which has only one genus, Heliconia, named after Mount Helicon, the seat of the Muses (the nine goddesses of the arts and science) in Greek mythology. Julia Kornegay and her husband, Alfredo Escobar, grow heliconias and other tropicals on their farm in Colombia to export as cut flowers to the United States. She will talk about how they came to own and operate a farm in Colombia and why they decided to grow heliconias. You'll be amazed by the incredible diversity and beauty within this group of plants, and by the people who traveled the world to collect them.
Cost: Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Registration: Advance registration is not available.
Location: Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Parking: Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Questions: Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.