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Re: Titan Watch 5/13/2001

  • Subject: Re: Titan Watch 5/13/2001
  • From: Denis <denis@skg.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 10:29:18 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Aroiders:

It was an excellent article and Picture in the Miami Herald Yesterday.
And not only the local newspaper but all the localTV newscasters have
now picked up the story of the Titan Arum at Fairchild that has bloomed
two years in a row. They all talk about how bad it smells when it
opens....It is a welcome change from all the murder and mayhem they
normally salivate over when they do a news broadcast.

Craig you're doing a great job. Keep it up.

Denis Rotolante 
President IAS 2001

Craig Allen wrote:
> Titan Watch 5/13/2001: At 9 AM the Titan had reached 78" or 6' 6" tall. By 6
> P.M. it had measured 79". This morning the Miami Herald sent a reporter to
> do an extensive interview and a really great photographer, Annie Etheridge,
> to take pictures. She took tons, with me, without me, with visitors, on a
> ladder, she was really into it. She really hadn't expected the Titan to be
> so impressive. I hope I get to see some of the pictures. The article should
> be in tomorrows paper (I hope).
> I was gone from the Garden during the afternoon, and when I got back at 5PM
> I could see the first major difference in several days. The spathe is
> beginning to loosen up in earnest. The red color on the reverse hasn't
> reached full color yet, so it isn't quite ready to open. It does appear that
> the spathe is swelling a bit in the middle, producing tension in the ribs so
> that it can open relatively quickly when the time is right.
> Suzanne and I have worked some of the problems out of the web cam we
> installed, but we are going to try a new camera this evening to see if it
> will be clearer. It will be moved a little closer to the plant. There should
> be a link from the 2001 Titan blooming page, but just in case, here is the
> address to view the page.
> http://www.ftg.org/blooms/webcam/pic/image.jpg
> Happy Titan watching.
> Craig M. Allen
> Conservatory Manager
> Fairchild Tropical Garden
> 10901 Old Cutler Road
> Coral Gables(Miami), Florida, USA  33156-4296
> Tel. 305-667-1651 ext. 3320
> Fax 305-661-8953
> e-mail callen@fairchildgarden.org
> web: www.fairchildgarden.org

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