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Grow with KARE: Wicked plants

The Bell Museum has a great exhibit perfect for Halloween and beyond! A treasure trove of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm and enlighten.

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Just in time for Halloween and beyond, the amazing Bell Museum has a traveling exhibit that is a perfect stop for Bobby and I.  We learned a lot and were amazed on what we did not realize about a lot of everyday plants, and how in certain doses they can be quite "wicked".

The Exhibit is housed in a derelict Victorian-era home packed with plants that stink, burn, and even kill. These insidious vines and shrubs can hide in plain sight, but "Wicked Plants" uncovers their threats using a blend of history, science, and storytelling.

Visitors will delight in the interactive displays tucked into a warren of creepy rooms. Each space is brimming with rich content: Dive in by learning about deadly nightshade and other villains, then continue into a room teeming with 10 of the world’s most nefarious invasive plants.

Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book, "Wicked Plants": "The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities", this fun-filled, family-friendly traveling exhibit gives visitors a safe, hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals. Thought-provoking and educational, "Wicked Plants" showcases plants associated with a myriad of health effects, including pain, addiction, obesity, allergies, cognitive impairment and even death!

Two and three-dimensional interactives fill a Victorian-era ramshackle home, where visitors travel from room to room and learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in their homes and backyards. History, medicine, science, legend and lore are brought together to present a treasure trove of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm and enlighten.

The exhibit is open until January 5th, 2020 and for info on the special events and attractions visit the Bell Museum.

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