According to author Amy Stewart, “Some people dream about their book getting made into a movie, but I dream about it getting made into a traveling cabinet of wonders.” Stewart’s dream is coming true as Wicked Plants: The Exhibit opens at 10 AM on September, 24, 2013 in Carpenter Hall at Catawba Science Center (CSC).
The new exhibit will introduce visitors to the evildoers lurking in their own backyards and beyond. Inspired by Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, the exhibit gives visitors a hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals—without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment, or other danger. Menacing interactive displays set in an eerie environment are designed to educate and entertain children and adults with information about some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.
Designed to educate the public and increase science literacy, Wicked Plants exposes plants associated with a myriad of negative health effects, including addiction, obesity, allergies, pain, poisoning, cognitive impairment, organ failure, and even death. Showcasing more than 100 plants, the exhibit takes an open- ended approach to health education, providing visitors with an opportunity to weigh the risks of utilizing specific wicked plants.
Visitors will step into a macabre world where plants hold the power. Poisonous, carnivorous, or just plain nasty, the diabolical botanicals represented throughout Wicked Plants are shown in all their fearful glory. Guests will be introduced to infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim.
Upon entering a decrepit old home, guests will be introduced to the crime family of the plant world, the deadly Nightshades. A veritable rogue’s gallery features portraits of these intriguing characters who beguile unsuspecting victims. In the conservatory, weeds of mass destruction have taken over, while a crime scene in the potions laboratory teaches that things aren’t always what they seem, especially in the plant world.
A supper served in the dining room could be a visitor’s last. Guests will discover that even the most mundane foods can be poisonous under certain circumstances. The terrible toxicodendrons in the parlor can really get under a visitor’s skin. From poison ivy to poison arrows, the collection of weaponry in the hallway uses plant derivatives to immobilize and even kill prey.
The social misfits of the plant world are relegated to the bathroom. Visitors will find botanicals that smell foul, and even some that catch fire. Plants in the yard are on the offensive: some secrete sap, some produce exploding fruit, and some have stems that embed into skin. Unruly and altogether mean, these plants are on the attack.
Thanks the generous support of von Drehle Corporation and Shurtape, admission into Wicked Plants: The Exhibit is included in CSC’s General Admission rates and admission is always free for CSC Members. For more information about CatawbaScienceCenter’s latest exhibits, events, programs and membership visit CatawbaScience.org or call 828/322-8169.
Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum serving NC’s western Piedmont region. Special attractions including temporary exhibits, a digital planetarium theater and a marine touch pool with live sharks and stingrays. A community asset and regional destination, Catawba Science Center is dedicated to changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder. Learn more at http://www.CatawbaScience.org.
CSC is funded in part by the United Arts Fund of Catawba County and the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative. CSC is located in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley, on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory.
Wicked Plants Events:
OCTOBER 26th, 11AM – 3 PM
Wicked Clue: Solve the Mystery
OCTOBER 26th, Special Event 5:30 PM
Meet Wicked Plants Author Amy Stewart
NOVEMBER 30th, 10 AM – 4 PM
Holiday Greenings Family Day
FEBRUARY 1st, 10 AM – 4 PM
Ground Hog & Weather Family Day