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Protecting your membership and your benefits is extremely important to us. Starting January 1, 2014, when visiting the Gardens, we will require an additional photo identification card to match the names on your membership card. As always, membership cards may only be used by the listed member and are non-transferable.
Morty the Corpse Flower
Updated August 20, 2014 @ 9:00am

The Botanical Gardens will be open 10am-5pm every day

For frequent updates, follow Morty’s Twitter Account @Mortystinks - “like” and “follow”. Use hashtags #corpseflower and #buffalogardens when posting!

Admission to see Morty
Adults - $7
Seniors (55+) - $6
Students (13+ with ID) -  $6
Children 3-12 - $4
Children 2 and under - Free
Garden Members - Free


In early July 2014, the Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanum tubers and one is blooming. Corpse Flowers (its common name), are native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia and are famous for their horrible smell, like rotting flesh, while in bloom. Corpse Flowers can bloom every 6-10 years, making it a rare sight to see and smell!

Like many Corpse Flowers living at botanical gardens, ours has a name, Morty. Corpse Flowers can be quite challenging to grow so Morty’s “Undertaker”, Jeff Thompson, Director of Horticulture and our horticulture team are making sure it has the right conditions to thrive in our environment.
 
It is hard to predict when the plant may bloom but Morty is now blooming! Growing quickly, the bloom can grow about two to eight inches a day and can grow six to eight feet tall. When in bloom, the flower, and its accompanying stench, lasts only 24-48 hours.
 
Amorphophallus titanum is in the Arum family. The bloom or leaf come from the part of the plant called a corm. A corm is an underground tuber, a swollen plant stem that is a storage organ for plants. A corm is similar to a true bulb. This large structure looks like a big potato and according to his Undertaker; Morty’s corm weighed approximately 120 pounds when it arrived.
 
Morty will be on public display inside the Botanical Gardens and depending on the bloom, will be on display through next week. After it flowers the plant wilts and the stench fades. When not flowering, it will send up a green leaf structure.
 
Prescription Drug Drop Off
September 27
10am-2pm

On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Botanical Gardens and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.