News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission
Posted June 16th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Falls, Ontario –The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Floral Showhouse is pleased to announce that the first of its two developing Titan Arum buds is currently in bloom, with the second expected to open between late-June to early July.
Considered to be the world’s tallest flowers, the Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum, is a massive bell-shaped flower, growing up to three metres in height. Aside from the massive size, the Titan Arum is also known for its unique smell. After flowering, a single leaf emerges in place of the blossom, which is the size of a small tree, standing up to six metres tall and five metres wide. Until 1989, fewer than 30 flowerings were recorded to have occurred in botanical gardens worldwide.
The new Titan Arum bloom, becomes the fifth flower to have opened at the Floral Showhouse, since 2012. The original Titan bulbs were donated to NPC by Louis M. Ricciardiello of Gilford, New Hampshire. The blooms, once open, are expected to last less than two days. Those interested in updates on the flower and the next developing bloom, are invited to follow NPC’s website at: http://www.niagaraparks.com/titan.
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the NPC Floral Showhouse is located just south of the Horseshoe Falls, at 7145 Niagara Parkway. Admission to the facility is $5 for adults and $3.75 for children (ages 6-12). For an additional $5, visitors may also upgrade to a Floral Showhouse seasons pass, and return as often as they like to view the seasonal displays that are changed throughout the year. Paid parking is also available on site. Please visit http://www.niagaraparks.com/hours for the latest on the hours of operation for the Showhouse, when the Titans are in bloom.
About the Niagara Parks Commission – NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.
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