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Featuring news and updates about the CBS Conservatory on St. Paul campus. 

Wheelin’ in colored nectar

New grant will allow researchers to better understand the composition of colored plant nectars, with implications for breeding crops and sourcing natural dyes.

Nesocodon mauritianus in bloom with red nectar
Photo credit: Rahul Roy and Clay Carter

January Plant of the Month: Darwin's Orchid

Darwin's Orchid

Welcome in the New Year with Darwin's orchid, the quintessential orchid for a teaching botanical collection. Angraecum sesquipedale, this white star-shaped waxy flower emits a deep musk and sweet gardenia with a hint of vanilla scent at night. It is difficult to grow an

Checking in With Dean Forbes - February 2020

The College’s field stations are vital to our research, education and outreach mission. Faculty and staff at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories do incredible work. Two recent productions capture a bit of the magic of these unique places. 

Here, there and everywhere

The Conservatory gets plants from across town and across the globe. 

With over 1,800 species of plants in the collection, one of the more common questions we are asked is “Where do you get all of your plants?” It’s a great question when presented with the scope of diversity in the Conservatory. My short answer is that we get plants from “everywhere.” 

Orchids in focus

Longtime volunteer and orchid expert Chas Huston explains why these beloved plants offer an excellent opportunity for outreach.


Minnesota roots

Graduate student Rebekah Mohn received a Fulbright to study sundews in Australia. She relies on the CBS Conservatory to grow varieties from many other parts of the work she can't visit in person. 


Message from the Curator -- Winter 2020

Bringing even more plants to the people of Minnesota!

The grand opening of the new College of Biological Sciences Conservatory & Botanical Collection is getting closer and we can’t wait to share this amazing new space with you. I hope you will join us on March 21 for tours, plant-based activities, research talks and more. You’ll find details here.