February 2015, Volume 19, Number 1

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A Tropical Oasis Unfurls at North Campus

MDC is welcoming more and more visitors to its Palmetum at North Campus, a lush, tropical haven that is home to one of the largest and most diverse collections of palms from around the world.

A boon for students of the School of Science, which also is based at the Campus, the Palmetum offers the opportunity to enjoy biodiversity, as well as an herb and vegetable garden, an orchid house containing 55 orchid species, bio-dome greenhouses and an open-air nursery.

The Palmetum serves more than 55,000 children and families annually through guided nature walks, workshops and a variety of events, and that number is growing.

“As a prime venue for student research and social integration with ‘Mother Earth,’ our Palmetum at North greatly enriches our campus community and the visiting public,” said North Campus President Malou Harrison. “Our gates are open to all who have an interest in learning more about the natural environment and the many ways in which one might contribute to its sustainability”.

— MR

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