I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck took our moms to the Denver Botanical Gardens Wednesday night. Stinky was in bloom. Stinky is a Corpse Flower and it does stink. This plant, native to the rainforest of Sumatra, Indonesia came to the Denver Botanical Gardens in 2007. This is the first time it has bloomed.
The plants are 7 – 10 years old before they first bloom. The flower last 24-36 hours. The flower does smell, like rotten meat. Yuck! But this does not happen often, so we wanted to see and smell it for ourselves. However, everyone else in the Denver must think like we do.
The time standing in line to see and smell Stinky was about 6 hours all day.
We went about 10 p.m. trying to avoid the lines. But, that did not happen. When we arrived, the lady told us they were not admitting anyone else. We would have been waiting until about 4 a.m. But she did give each human a free pas, so we could return tomorrow, or any other day to visit the Denver Botanical Gardens.
We were disappointed, but it was very nice of them to give us a free pass to return. We heard that a Corpse Flower in Chicago will bloom soon, also. This plant is from the same family as the Calla Lily. Because of this special event, the flower of the Corpse Flower, the Denver Botanical Gardens stayed open until midnight Wednesday. They will open Thursday at 6:00 a.m. and will not close until midnight. The flower does not last long, so Friday the Botanical Gardens of Denver will go back to their regular hours.
We hope you can visit the Denver Botanical Gardens to see this flower.
You don’t want to wait another 7-10 years for the next flower. These photos of the corpse flower came from the internet and from Twitter. We hope you get to see it personally.