Growing Science

Usually when people hear "floral arrangements," they think of weddings, funerals or other generic social events where such a spectacle of color and shape is needed to distract from how pie-eyed everyone got at the open bar. Science Flora, a Garden Club of America group, takes floral arrangements to a higher educational level at its Science Flora flower show at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or this Friday and Saturday (September 24 and 25). Possibly the most interesting (and perhaps the nerdiest) of the selection are the photographs of plants that illustrate the mathematical principle of the Fibonacci sequence. Actual floral arrangements competing in categories such as "May the Force Be With You," "Nanotechnology" and "Out of This World" display a sense of humor and botanical know-how that must be seen to be believed. Science Flora is on display from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; there are two floral arranging workshops at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday for children with adult supervision. Admission to Science Flora is free.
Fri., Sept. 24; Sat., Sept. 25, 2010