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Welcome to the jungle! Our Rainforest is home to tropical and subtropical plants from around the world.


Our rainforest is home to tropical plants from around the world.

What’s it like to live in the rainforest?

  1. Rainforests receive between 80 and 100 inches of rain each year!
  2. There are two types of rainforests: tropical and temperate. Tropical rainforests are found close to the earth’s equator, where it is warm year-round. Temperate rainforests are found in cooler areas further away from the equator.
  3. Plants that live in the rainforest have developed unique adaptations to help them survive in such a wet environment.
  4. Trees in tropical rainforests can grow to be over 200 feet tall!

Koi Pond

Cyprinus rubrofscus

Our koi fish have been happily living with us since 2017. Occasionally they even breed in our pond!

Did you know the word Koi is the Japanese word for carp?

  1. Koi are a domesticated ornamental variety of Amur carp, Cyprinus rubrofuscus
  2. Due to their ability to easily adapt to a variety of environments, carp were kept for food by Chinese rice farmers, as early as the 5th Century BC.
  3. Once this practice was introduced to Japan, farmers began to notice colorful mutations. Selective breeding of carp for color began in Japan in the 1820s.

Our koi pond functions as an ecosystem. An ecosystem is a community of organisms that interact with each other and their surrounding environment. Everything in our pond plays an important role in supporting the health of this ecosystem. The plants in and around the pond provide food and habitats for the koi while the koi provide nutrients for the plants through their waste. The waterfall helps add oxygen to the water. 

Our family of koi fish and the Feed the Fish program are proudly cared for in partnership with Masterson’s Garden Center.


The Botanical Gardens is home to over 6 different species of bamboo, all with different colors and patterns on their stems.

Did you know that bamboo is a type of grass?

  1. Bamboo is the tallest and fastest growing grass in the world!
  2. Bamboo is an amazing renewable resource! It can be used for construction, furniture, musical instruments, fabric, food, and more!

Other plants in this greenhouse

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