Medicinal vs. Poisonous Plants to be highlighted at Wicked Plants Celebration on Saturday
Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, Tennessee Poison Center to provide expert knowledge at Adventure Science Center
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2017—In the botanical world, many plants can act as friend or foe to humans depending on the application. This Saturday, Feb. 18, Adventure Science Center will explore these plants with a little help from the experts.
After exploring the macabre world of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, guests can expand their knowledge of medicinal and poisonous plants. Scientists from the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research at Middle Tennessee State University will showcase the research that goes into medicinal plants along with some fun, hands-on activities that involve plant bookmarks, terrariums, and teas and extracts.
At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., guests can explore ways to prevent poisonings during a special presentation by the Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt University.
Special Activities, included with general admission (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.):
- Who’s the Most Wicked of Them All?
Some plants look beautiful and alluring, but they’re absolutely deadly. Others look repulsive but present no harm to humans. Can you tell which is which?
- Itty Bitty Botanicals
Plants are EVERYWHERE! Did you know there are plants you can’t see with the naked eye? Take a look under the microscope and open your eyes to some of Earth’s coolest tiny plants!
- It’s Alive!
Plants are alive like us, but what exactly does that mean? Discover why we need plants, and why plants need us, to survive!
- Helpful Plants
For thousands of years, humans have used plants for medicine and therapeutic remedies. Explore how we can use some common and exotic plants to make our lives better and easier!
Special activities and presentations are subject to change. Wicked Plants: The Exhibit was created by The North Carolina Arboretum, and is funded by the North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation. Some content in Wicked Plants may not be suitable for children under 12.